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Edition 93 Vol. 2 - Week 42

Execution style hit on Rodwell?

Barrow’s Costly Baggage The over- burdened Belizeans will again pay for the high price of incompetence!!!

New un-elected Minister of Police Doug Singh

Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s deception does not know any boundary; his most recent blunder was manifested this week with what he described as a reshuffle of his Cabinet. The Belizean people were expecting the removal of all incompetents from within the Cabinet but instead his move clearly shows that he in fact is rewarding the gross incompetence that’s demonstrated not only by the then National Security Minister, but also a string of other Ministers, whom lack the capability to head their Ministries.

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New un-elected Attorney General, B Q. Pitts

‘Restore Belize’ Rodwell Williams Belize City, Thursday, June 03, 2010 At press time today reports are that Rodwell Williams, 53, the longtime law partner of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, lies possibly brain dead or severely brain damaged in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Williams was gut shot around 8:00 p.m. last Monday night as he exited their law firm offices on Albert Street in downtown Belize City, while accompanied by an unarmed security guard and as he made his way to his vehicle parked in a rented parking lot two lots away from his office door. The official Belize Police Department press release on what happened to Rodwell Williams is straight-forward and there has been little disputing the veracity of their brief account. There is, though, much speculation and a veritable firestorm of comment on what could yet be one of Belize’s highest profile murder. According to the police release: “On 31.05.10, acting on information

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after they neglected it

At podium; Minister of Education and Youth Patrick Faber, seated L to R: PM Dean Barrow, Deputy PM Gapi Vega and Minister of Police, Doug Singh. Belize City, Thursday, June 03, 2010 A day after announcing an expansion to the largest Cabinet ever in the history of Belize, yesterday at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Hotel Prime Minister Dean Barrow unveiled an ambitious heavily bureaucratic

crime fighting plan called “Restore Belize,” that many critics are already hailing as the true Cabinet coup. Before an overflowed crowd of Cabinet ministers, bureaucrats, technocrats and diplomatic observers, Barrow unveiled what one news service called “a detailed and bureaucratic plan layered with numerous committees

and subcommittees … the government’s strategy to address violence and social ills plaguing the country.” The plan will be headed by a re-named Cabinet “inter- ministerial” subcommittee, that naturally will be chaired by the prime minister, and it will be “operationalized” by a steering committee of ministerial CEO’s and representatives from invited governmental and non-governmental, business and communities, agencies, departments and organizations. A Programme Coordination Unit, to be headed by the plan’s main architect Mary Vasquez, will be “established to coordinate and implement actions identified by the Steering Committee

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A COSTLY SHUFFLE With the start of this new hurricane season, many poor Belizeans will be forced to the brink of utter poverty and for some, this means that they will slip deeper into poverty should a storm hit the country. At this newspaper, we are praying that we would be smiled upon and spared such utter disaster. We know that the forces of nature are so great that no technology has been created to eliminate forces such as a hurricane. However, on the running of this jewel, Belize, the people have the power to rid themselves of a disaster called the United Democratic Party government. This disaster started on February 2008 and has been wreaking havoc on the Belizean economy. This disaster Belize is facing is lead by the most despotic and incompetent mammal who goes by the name Dean Barrow. This despicable individual launched a campaign of criminality in 2005 against the people of Belize and now that he is the elected Prime Minister of Belize, he cannot stop what he started. He single-handedly ignited the young people of Belize in 2005 by instructing them to start civil disobedience. In 2005 he was Leader of the Opposition and was seeking power at all costs even if it meant being reckless. Now that he is the Prime Minister, the civil disobedience is now affecting his legacy as a leader so much so, that the chicken has come home to roost. Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Barrow launched a campaign via the Police Department dubbed ‘Operation Jaguar’. This Operation had quieted down the high profile criminal activities. But as faith would have it and during the so called successful Operation Jaguar, the Prime Minister’s law partner was shot and is presently in a critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, U.S.A. The Prime Minister and Mr. Rodwell Williams have been law partners for over twenty years and have the most lucrative law firm in Belize (Barrow and Williams). The shooting of Barrow’s law partner should be a lesson to

all Belizeans that no one is safe from the spate of violence and civil disobedience that the now Prime Minister started. Prior to the General Elections in February of 2008, crime was very controllable, however, since the UDP placed Carlos Perdomo as

incompetent. In short, the Belizean people elected pure incompetents. This publication has referred to the 25 UDP Parliamentarians as Dodo Birds. We think the United States government will be watching. It must not go unnoticed that

is good news since the UDP and Amandala have been enjoying a cozy relationship, however, that bond seems to be fracturing. What is hypocritical is that at the height of the recession and high taxes being levied, the Barrow government has decided to increase the cost of Cabinet. He has added two more Ministers making it the largest Cabinet ever in the history of Belize. So, Belizeans will be paying the salaries of two more Ministers, two more vehicles, two more fuel order books, two more housing allowances, two more drivers, two more secretaries, etc. This is scary for a poor country with a government prepared to hire self-proclaimed millionaires as Ministers and pay them to do nothing, but to behave as criminals. We wish the Prime Minister’s plan well, for the good of Belize, but we have seen the bureaucratic talk-shop groups before with no benefit derived. So we are not optimistic that anything this UDP government tries will work, simply because they lack the capability to do anything beneficial for Belize.

This disaster Belize is facing is lead by the most despotic and incompetent mammal who goes by the name Dean Barrow.This despicable individual launched a campaign of criminality in 2005 against the people of Belize and now that he is the elected Prime Minister of Belize, he cannot stop what he started. the Minister in charge of the Police Department everything has fallen into an abyss. Perdomo is not known to have a sober day in his life, therefore, it is no surprise that he had to be replaced due to his gross incompetence. Perdomo has been a disappointment as an administrator probably due to his chemical dependency. Since he was a teacher in his past life, many Belizeans believed that he would have administrated the Police Department with dedication and effectiveness. This did not happen and as a consequence of that, a very questionable character has now taken his place. We wish Carlos Perdomo well and hope he seeks treatment for his illness/dependency. Belizeans now have a Police Minister by the name of Douglas Singh who has been notorious for doing business ‘under the radar’. The decision by Barrow to bring in Douglas Singh and Bernard Q. Pitts is a shame. Shame on the 25 elected UDP Parliamentarians, that none of them were suitable to be given the Police Ministry and the Attorney General’s Ministry. By that act, the Prime Minister is saying that all his colleagues in Parliament are

Amandala has sent out a warning to Boots Martinez that he is hustling more than doing his job. He has allowed the streets to deteriorate during the dry and wet seasons. Every Belizean is saying that Boots was incompetent but is a good brown-noser to the Prime Minister therefore, he was one of the safer Ministers. But the reaction of Amandala towards Boots Martinez

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Barrow’s Costly Baggage Continued from page 1 The lack of performance demonstrated by Carlos Perdomo as the head of the Ministry of National Security has proven to be even to ‘blind eye Jamesie’ that the darn job is too tall for Perdomo and he has not soared to the level of capability that the job requires. Even though Security and Public Safety is one area that is seemingly notable from the public’s perception, Perdomo is not the only wild card in the pack, in fact he is a gleaming example of the level of low competence that exists in all the ministries, including the Barrow’s Finance Ministry, which is responsible for the state of affairs of our economy. Instead of concentrating on an economic recovery plan in the Ministry of Finance which should lift Belizeans out of the misery they have been subjected to over the last two years of this horrendous UDP government, Barrow prefers to be hopping from Ministry to Ministry bridging the gaps of incompetence of his Cabinet Ministers while neglecting his own portfolio which is the hub of his entire government. We must not forget that even prior to the general elections in 2008; Barrow sold off Perdomo as the most competent person to head the Ministry of National Security, which according to Barrow he (Perdomo) was familiar with since he was a Permanent Secretary and had acquired valuable experience from. It seems that from the start of becoming Minister of National Security, time quickly revealed that Carlos Perdomo did not have the

wherewithal or the foresight to function as he was expected. During all this time Barrow has managed to turn a blind eye on the depressing situation which is the principal reason why crime and violence has spiralled out of control. During this time of neglect and narrow mindedness; even the traditional disciplined bodies he was supposed to be heading, also started their fair share of criminal contribution to what was already a situation of crisis proportion. The criminal activities by rogue elements from within the police department and the BDF only served to infest and tarnish the once good images of those traditional disciplined bodies. The consistent string of irregularities and disarray within both structures seems to be the order of the day. Minister Perdomo showed no concrete effort to clamp down on neither the Police nor the BDF who seem to be territorial and competing against each other in their rogue irregular behaviour. It was as a result of mounting public criticism pressure from the public that radically woke up the Prime Minister from his 28 month trance which has made him realize that criminal violence was indeed of epic crisis proportion and that it required special attention. His announcement of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle caused some sense of anticipation as many thought that he would finally rid himself of the gross incompetence that surrounds him. However, his apparent move this week to reward incompetence leaving Perdomo among others in place has no doubt left Belizeans feeling no

better and probably a little worse than they did during the last 28 months. This has left Belizeans undoubtedly with a continued sense of hopelessness. The constitutional appointment by Prime Minister Dean Barrow of two of his party’s insiders which were never elected to hold such sensitive posts have enraged many. As it appears from their introduction that they have no idea of what they will do or how they will go about performing their duties, that leaves Belizeans to wonder if Dean Barrow is really crazy as the now Minister of police rightly stated. Although anything could be expected with political cronyism, the naming of Doug Singh as Minister of Police is viewed by cynics as the craziest thing that the PM has done so far. Many believe that this post is just another reward by Barrow for Singh who has contributed immensely financially to the UDP in their plot that eventually brought them to government. The newly appointed Minster of Police and Public Safety, Doug Singh, brings nothing new to his high profile portfolio. Doug Singh owns and operates a locally registered Group of Companies under the name BTALCO which is situated on Mapp Street in Belize City. Under the BTALCO label, it includes companies or authorized agencies such as: Belize Engineering Co Ltd, Century 21 BTAL, Fedex Express, Onebin.Com, and Hooked on Belize but years have gone as BTALCO was also a flag carrier of WESTERN UNION. They gave up the Western Union franchise after an investigation was carried

out and casted aspersions on its operators regarding Money Laundering but that was all that was alleged by a Central American News Paper ‘El Diario de Hoy’ from neighbouring republic of El Salvador. For the most part, Belizean Authorities did not see it of any importance to initiate any type of investigation regarding the allegation. The article was reproduced in the Belize Times some time in 2006 because the guy by the name Mike Singh is the brother of Doug Singh. Doug Singh during that time was aspiring to become the UDP Standard Bearer of Freetown Division but because of mounting pressure he had to yield way for Michael Peyrefitte who later became the official candidate and lost. As for the appointment of BQ Pitts as Attorney General, old BQ was an outcast of the UDP after he amongst others disagreed with the then UDP High Command over the Maritime Areas Bill in 1993. Pitts is considered to be a washed up attorney of this day and age who is expected to bring nothing to contribute to his new position. Pitt’s poses no danger to Sedi Elrington because in reality, they are Law partners who can share the portfolio. They share the Law Offices of Pitts and Elrington and according to sources, it was same Elrington that recommended him to the Prime Minister in order to get the appointment as Attorney General. Now, Pitts and Elrington are true partners both in law practice and in government. Belizeans are paying the high cost for the incompetence of the elected Cabinet but will now have to pay even more for the unelected baggage that Barrow has added to government!


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The debate surrounding the issue of offshore drilling is a very serious one and hopefully will not be given just the fleeting and token attention that so many other important issues before it have received. In

to office. Take a poll Sir Arrogance, and I guarantee you that over ninety percent of Belizeans will say no to offshore drilling. I have spoken to a number of people on this issue and I can count on one hand, if not one finger, the

In a response to a letter from COLA, the Prime Minister suggested that the group did not “speak on behalf of the majority of Belizeans”. Goes to show Mr. Prime Minister, just how out of touch you are with the sentiments of those who elected you to office. Take a poll Sir Arrogance, and I guarantee you that over ninety percent of Belizeans will say no to offshore drilling. particular under this administration, “arrangements” with the media have severely compromised the dept and scope of national discussions on even the most essential of matters. Interest is steered quickly from one topic to the other as “spin” and “smoke and mirrors” tactics dominate and contaminate the flow of information. This matter is huge and right up there alongside the Guatemalan claim as far as significant national issues are concerned. Prime Minister Barrow made a round of the media houses last week and had no choice but to confront this giant gorilla in his living room. Following the ongoing catastrophe created by the latest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, countries around the world are being forced to take a second look at the risky practice of drilling for oil off their shores. With Belize’ economy so fragile and so reliant upon tourism and fisheries for subsistence, we cannot allow these greedy politicians to feather their nests at the expense of our national heritage. Fortunately for us, there are several groups that have come forward and seem prepared to put up a fight on our behalf. It is imperative that the rest of us put our differences aside and close ranks in the interest of our nation and for the future of our children. I have always been suspicious of COLA and its moorings to Kremandala, but on this issue, they have my full support. Heaven knows that my differences with the spokesperson for Oceana run deep and wide but on this issue, she has my support. In a response to a letter from COLA, the Prime Minister suggested that the group did not “speak on behalf of the majority of Belizeans”. Goes to show Mr. Prime Minister, just how out of touch you are with the sentiments of those who elected you

number of Belizeans who are in favor of drilling for oil in our territorial waters. The fact of the matter is that the only person, for whatever reason, has come out in favor of this is an obvious idiot by the name of Neri Briceno. Now exactly what this boy is receiving or hopes to receive is unclear. What is clear is that what he does deserve to receive is a healthy dose of tar and feathers and a rail ride out of town. Is the name Briceno or Benedict? Briceno closes a letter addressed to the Prime Minister by suggesting that, “we have a responsible and competent government”. Wipe that brown of your nose boy and come out from under that rock. While we know that all Belizeans alive and not yet born will lose much if off shore drilling is allowed, one man who stands to profit is Dean Barrow. It has been revealed that one of the larger companies in line to start drilling near our reef is Princess Petroleum Limited; a company formed through Rodwell Williams, a senior partner in Barrow’s own law firm. Barrow told reporters in a public interview this past week that, “any professional work that Barrow and Williams does will benefit me (Barrow).” With the Princess group then first in line and with the lion’s share of concession block (1.8 million acres), it stands to reason that Dean Barrow is sitting on a gold mine. Regardless of the danger to Belize, Barrow has made it clear that nothing and no one will forestall his mine of wealth. An inescapable fact is that offshore drilling for oil comes with some very serious risks. According to Mr. Barrow, we should not let the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe scare us because it was as a consequence of human error. Well, so has just about every other major oil spill in history. Oil companies know

how expensive and damaging oil spills can be so they do their best to prevent them. Yet, every year for the past few decades, there have been on average, no less than three major spills. Not all spills get the media attention that the one in the gulf has gotten or that the Exxon Valdez before it got, but they do occur and with regularity. In fact, a recent study by the US Environmental Protection Agency reveals that (are you sitting down?), an average of 70 oil spills occur every day! Yes, SEVENTY and PER DAY! Many are small and do not cause the major damage that this one in the gulf is causing but the numbers are alarming none the less. Big spills do occur with regularity and the damage to the ecosystem is devastating and irreparable. Do we really want to take this risk Mister Prime Minister? And for what? The Prime Minister revealed that we now have three oil wells yielding commercial quantities of oil. Where is the benefit to the average Belizeans? Prices at the pump

have climbed to over ten dollars a gallon and the cost of living is beyond the reach of most Belizeans. The Kendall Bridge which these very oil rigs must traverse to reach port has been out for over two years and still cannot be replaced. The heavy flow of oil tankers is damaging our highways and infrastructure and Belizeans have not one school, not one playground, not one small benefit to show for it. Mr. Barrow shakes his Rolex in our faces and the other members of his cabinet are living like kings. That does not justify the risks for the rest of us Mr. Prime Minister and for what it is worth, my vote is a resounding “NO”! Belizeans must stand together on this one and let these greedy politicians understand that we will not sit idly by and watch them destroy our country and our children’s inheritance for the sake of their personal enrichment. No oil drilling in our waters and no exception for anyone. It is not even up for discussion!

Execution style hit on Rodwell? Continued from page 1 received, Police visited Belize Heath Care Partner Hospital, where they saw Rodwell Williams, suffering from injuries to the abdomen. Initial Investigation revealed that Rodwell Williams and another male person were walking on Albert Street West when they were approached by two male persons of dark complexion on a single bicycle. One of the men searched Williams’s companion and thereafter fired a single shot at Williams causing his injury. Two persons have since been detained and Police investigations continue.” Williams was immediately taken for emergency care at the Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital, (formerly the Universal Health Services and Surgical Center) and a team of doctors worked furiously through the night in an attempt to save his life. His friend and colleague, Prime Minister Barrow remained on wary watch through most of the night. The team of five physicians told the media yesterday that Williams required three separate surgical operations, 20 units of blood and 10 units of plasma to keep him alive. The bullet had penetrated his abdominal cavity causing 10 perforations to his intestinal area and the loss of nearly all of his blood, so much so that when he got to the hospital his blood pressure was zero over zero. Dr. Emerson Mungia, a general surgeon pressed into to service from the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital, said that the bullet damaged “… the vena cava vein that carries blood to the right side of the heart. When you have this kind of injury the patient will die is 2-3 minutes sometimes. This is why he is lucky to be alive, most

of the time the patient dies before they arrive in the emergency room.” Dr. Emerson Mungia also went on: “In the first operation he lost about 4 liters of blood, the total blood loss was about 10 liters. Practically we have about 4-5 liters of blood in our body. He lost about 2 times the blood in his body. We had to replace with 10 plasma cells of blood to try to keep the blood pressure in his body. Normally most patients that have this type of injury do not arrive at the hospital, they die when they get gunshot. Fortunately he survives.” Dr. Salvador Pahagua also explained: “Practically he lost all his blood, so all the clotting factors within your blood were just wash away by him losing all that blood. He had to be replace with 20 units of blood and about 10 plasma. It was a heroic effort on everybody’s behalf and its very important that the Belizean public knows that this was a team effort.” Dr. Jorge Hidalgo, the noted intensivist at Belize Health Care Partners further explained: “Usually those cases have very (high) mortality. Even though he is more stable his condition is still very critical. The time that the brain is not getting enough blood can be a factor; it is very early to say. When he is in more stable they need to access the neurological function and also the organs functions.” Rodwell Williams was flown out to Miami via a chartered air ambulance, a jet, late Tuesday afternoon. There has not been any official report on his medical condition but his law partner Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced yesterday that he would be flying out to Miami today to visit with him. Last night Channel Seven News speculated that “the consensus is” that Williams was the victim of “an

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attempted contract killing.” They went on to report that “Williams had intimated to close associates that he had received information that someone he won a case against had become upset when judgment was enforced. Enforcement in this case meant the forfeiture of property. Information had come back to Williams that the person whom the judgment was being enforced against was intent on harming him as an act of revenge. Again that is just a theory but one that needs to be studied as Williams had information which led him to take it seriously.” There has also been much speculation as to Williams’s involvement in the case of Tifara Bradley, reported as a secretary at the law firm of Barrow and Williams, who was arrested on Saturday, May 22nd, at a house on Guadalupe Street, in Belize City, and subsequently charged jointly with Alwyn Gonzales, for a quantity of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and illegal ammunition found there. Unverified reports are that Williams visited the police station where she was being detained and publicly remonstrated with her, and that it appeared to some observers that their relationship was more than that of employer and employee. The following Monday, in an unusual move, the presiding magistrate agreed to delay the duo’s arraignment until a bail application could be heard by a Supreme Court judge. The following day when they were brought back before the court, however, she was bailed but he was remanded to prison.

There is speculation also stemming from an attack on the building that houses the law offices of Barrow and Williams. In an early morning incident just seven weeks ago that still puzzle police investigators, on Thursday, April 15th, a gunman (or gunmen) fired a shot (or shots) that broke glass on two windows (on opposite) sides of the building. It is bitter irony that the attempt on Williams’s life came on the eve of Prime Minister Dean Barrow announcement the following day that he was shaking up Cabinet because “… the changes are as a fundamental need to confront and defeat the challenge or crisis we have encountered as it relates to crime and violence.” And it came less than 48 hours before Barrow unveiled “Restore Belize” a wide-ranging crime fighting plan that he hoped would return Belize to being a peaceful democracy, and which he called his administration’s most important task. It is further to be remarked upon that it came in the midst of Operation Jaguar, the tactical deployment of additional police, BDF, and Coast Guard manpower and resources in beef-up patrols in the City’s hotspot. Ironically the Operation’s directors had scheduled a press conference, that they subsequently canceled, to boast of its success. The coincidental, (we hope) juxtapositioning of the events have only served to increase exponentially the wattage that would normally emanate from any of these individual

incidents as well as the interest, accompanying scrutiny and inevitable speculation. Rodwell Williams, a multi-millionaire and dual Belizean American citizen, is undoubtedly the highest profiled Belizean citizens to be so callously, cold-bloodedly attacked in the spate of gun violence that has over-taken Belizean society. And like too many of the other victims that preceded him, the Police Department and his closefriend and law partner’s administration seem helpless in finding his attackers or explaining the motive that produced this. The two young men detained and brutally being questioned are both from the notorious “George Street” neighbourhood but the police are unusually tightlipped. Out on Belize City’s mean streets, ordinary Belizeans watch with a mixture of amazement and even awe, the rapid response and resources of all types so quickly deployed on Williams’ behalf. Belize in June 2010 is a place where the rich will live and the poor will die, is what they conclude. It should be noted clearly that Belize Health Care Partners formerly Universal Health was the choice hospital that readily offered its advanced specialized facilities and team of doctors that has so saved his life with Universal trained doctors. He did not go to the pro UDP hospital, Medical Associates, but instead to the best hospital that the Said Musa and Fonseca supported for Belizeans.

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and the Operational Sub – committees for the monitoring the progress and impact of these actions.” Six operational sub-committees will be formed “to advise on, plan and, where appropriate, execute specific tasks. The committees will address Police Department Reform, Human Development, Legislative and Judicial Reform, Safe Zones, Municipal Government and Infrastructure, and Communications.” According to the prime minister, this super agency will seek external financing from the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations agencies present in Belize, to augment whatever resources it will be commandeering from the various ministries and private sector agencies budgets. The Prime Minister also used the occasion to introduce his newest Cabinet appointments, UDP Chairman Doug Singh as the new Minister of Police and Public Security and attorney Bernard Q. Pitts as Attorney General.

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TOO MANY VEHICLES: REVENUES VS. SAFTY by: Nuri Muhammad Imported vehicles are a source of revenue to central government and licensing is also a reliable source of revenue for municipal bodies. Not to mention the enormous profit made by the insurance companies offering their worthless “third party insurance” coverage. Don’t you think there are just too many vehicles in Belize City? At no time is this more evident than during the morning or evening rush hours. And pray that you don’t get caught in one of those impromptu checkpoints by the Traffic Department or become the victim of an accident that you were not involved in but yet forced to endure 30-45 minutes in a line, as the Police secures the actual scene of the accident. We need some kind of intervention; a moratorium perhaps, something, but we need it fast. But who wants to give up their vehicle for an alternative? Who would sacrifice the comfort of their personal vehicle for some systematic change of how the traffic system is regulated in Belize City? Unlike the US, where vehicle ownership has become a routine part of life, vehicle ownership in Belize is often a first time experience with convenience and pleasure tied into that ownership; especially if it’s a good vehicle. Owning a vehicle has become almost a necessity for some households who find that they have to pay hundreds of dollars in taxi fares to move the family about. Clearly, a family vehicle can save that monthly cost. That is, if that vehicle is a good vehicle to start with, and is properly maintained, or else, as is sometimes the case, the cost of maintaining the family vehicle can exceed the cost of transporting the family by taxi. But why are there so many vehicles in Belize City in the first place? There are reasons for this, primary among them, is the fact that we have no zoning regulations or vehicle use policy for Belize or its urban areas like Belize City. There are no considerations given to limitation of vehicles per pedestrian, or per streets, or roads, etc. at any given time. There seems to be an open vent as to the amount of vehicles coming into Belize yearly, a significant number of which uses the streets of Belize City. Of course such a delimiting would be difficult to supervise since Belize City has become a hub between the northern, western and southern districts. While the Boom-Hattieville road provides an alternative for avoiding the city from the north or the west, the fact remains that the city still receives most of these in-transit vehicles. But again, how did we end up with so many vehicles in Belize in the first place? Imported vehicles are a source of revenue to central government and licensing is also a reliable source of revenue for municipal bodies. Not to mention the enormous profit made by the insurance companies offering their worthless “third party insurance” coverage. Vehicle importation is big business and every car dealer, his cousin and his grandmother, is making money from it, therefore, government is not ready to interfere with this industry despite statistics of road traffic accidents or citizens’ complaints about traffic jam. Just the cost of modern living, they say. But are there really too many vehicles in Belize? The ratio of vehicles in a country is not judged by the population size or number of urban space in a country but rather the amount of roads and geographical space in that country. Clearly, if you consider the fact that we are more than 8,866 square

miles of space, with roads that covers the length and breath of this country, does Belize have too many vehicles? Obviously this must be the rationale used by the revenue collectors at the Customs Department to justify taxing as much money as it can from as many vehicles coming into the country. Where is the justification to limit imports if we based our rationale on the ratio of vehicles per geographical space? The reality, however, is that the majority of vehicles imported end up being the ones that clog up the road space of the urban areas of the country, especially Belize City. So while the reduction of vehicles in Belize City doesn’t seem even a distant reality given the already mentioned realities, the hope is for some regulation of the existing system. There are a number of complex factors that make the problem of reducing traffic accidents even more difficult without decisive actions on the part of central government. We must to do something about the amount of vehicles imported. I have heard that the economic downturn in the US has provided a bumper crop for local dealers who can get a late model Saturn, as low as $2500.00(US), which they in turn is sell for as much as $25,000.00(BZ). I know that car dealers who traffic in used cars will bawl but something must be done to slow down the traffic of used vehicles into the country. One immediate and direct remedy is to increase the duty to slow down the trade but of course that’s an economic question at a time when increase government revenue is critical. But at what point will we connect the dots between the amount of high tech vehicles involved in traffic accidents and allowance of more and more of these vehicles into the country just to generate revenue? I repeat that the rationale behind allowing this massive amount of imported cars into Belize seems to be the fact that we have so much land space and the number of vehicles is still small when compared to our land space of 8,866 sq. miles, but the reality is that these vehicles are not in the Maya Mountains, or in the villages of San Jose, rather they are concentrated in the urban centers of the country which were not built to accommodate so many of them, therefore, the gridlock and congestion at rush hour. Looking to the future; if we can’t take immediate steps to reduce the amount of vehicles then maybe we can improve the skills of those who have to operate them. Driver education should become a mandatory punitive action taken against all those guilty of causing traffic accidents. They must attend a certified driving instruction course which must be verified by the instructor. Also, driver education should be incorporated into the school system at the secondary level and should become a requirement for graduation. Young people learning good driving skills in a structured and disciplined way will add to the pool of safe drivers on the road ways. We should examine the approach used by the Cayman Islands Education Department where students were introduced to a three component program of orientation to the rules of good driving. The first component was a theoretical overview of the responsibility of safe driving and the consequences of unsafe driving, including a Rules of

the Road Handbook. Second was a crash course on how vehicles operate, everything from internal combustion, changing spark plugs, changing oil, changing tires, etc? Each student is given a working knowledge of the machine they will be driving and how to detect problems and solve them where possible. The final component was the actual driving through the streets and roads, accompanied by competent trainers, to give the student the experience of navigating through the road ways putting into practice all they learned in theory earlier. Like many issues that affect our development the number of vehicles that we allow into the country over any given period affect the challenges we face, and besides the nuisance of traffic jams and traffic stops, we must also see traffic accidents as a major cause of death in this country. Doing something about the continued opened-ended policy of vehicle importation, is something this administration must pay attention to. (Comments welcomed: nuribze@gmail.com)

The reshuffle that Wasn’t Do the Barrow: Posture, Pontificate and Prevaricate!

Egg faces at the reshuffle announcement Belize City, Thursday, June 03, 2010 For months Belizeans gripped by the fear of the burgeoning crime crisis and high cost of living have been calling out to the government to please remove Carlos Perdomo from the Ministry of National Security. Perdomo had exasperated even the most sympathetic of UDP supporters with his incompetence, incoherence and lack of understanding of the crime situation and his breath-taking mis-management of the police. But Perdomo is not the only minister that Barrow has stood by these past two years, even in the face of allegations of corruption, incompetence and negligence. Even as scandals rocked the public health system, and babies died amidst charges of massive negligence, he defended Pablo Marin. Even as vegetable vendors protested, and Jamaican fishing boats suddenly hoved to in Belizean habours, he defended Rene Montero. Even as travelers fumed in frustration at Kendal, and in lines awaiting the fixing of newly installed culverts, or mourned loved ones lost to fatal road condition inducing traffic accidents, he stood by Boots. Even as irritated commuters and exasperated operators inundated talk show call in lines with their cries for relief, and talk show hosts listened in near amazement to the comicrelief that are the utterings of the minister of transport, he stood by Flippin’. It has been that nearly every judgment of the court on land matters have meant another hit to the public treasury, and the allegations of extortions, land hogging, and prime Crown land sold for paupers’ prices are now a shouted crescendo, but Gapi Vega will remain almost omni-present in Cabinet. The economy is in a historic recession, but yet minister of economic development Erwin Contrerras presides on, unaware and unconcerned. And we could go on – remember the million dollar pool table repair business? The solution presented this Tuesday is that Barrow and his merry brand of “Super Idiots” march on, only now accompanied by Dough Singh, Minister of Police and Public Safety and Bernard Q. Pitts as Attorney General. The solution to the many urgent problems that failed leadership has wracked upon the nation of Belize has been to expand the idiots’ crew. Perhaps Dean Barrow, shocked by the naked attempt on his friend and law partner’s life just the night before, finally surrendered to a rumoured Cabinet

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Le t ters to the

Editor

I support PUP; I Support John Briceño!! Dear Editor, Your Newspaper has really hit Belizeans hard out here with your most provocative articles weekly in the National Perspective especially when it comes to the PUP of which I am a proud Supporter. I became convinced just as your wide readership that the NP is indeed really ‘bias toward to none’ especially after you bravely published Lisa Alverez’s opinion article on Mark Espat two weeks ago. I certainly do not approved of G-Mike’s comment regarding your decision although I do respect his opinion but then again, isn’t the NP ‘Bias towards none’? Well I too would like to join in the conversation about the PUP leadership and I trust that you will give me that forum to express myself. I can understand if it is too late for this week, however I would be quite delight if my opinion is publish in the next edition of the NP. There are many reasons why many in the National Perspective continue to talk about weak leadership in the PUP. One of the many reasons could be that there are some leaders in the Party who just don’t want to see it united and would prefer to see PUP lose the 2013 General Elections to satisfy their own selfish egos. Arguably, the National Perspective has becomes the forum through which rank and file of the PUP openly discuss their displeasure with the performance of the current leadership and who they believe would be the best choice for the next Leader of the PUP. Consequently, I want to add my own voice to the discussion. I believe this emerging cloud of dissent is a new thing in Belizean Politics. No longer will the voices of dissent be muted or controlled by political parties and I must say thanks to the National Perspective for providing an outlet for these voices of dissent and allowing me to participate in the discussion. I am a longstanding member of the PUP and a constituent of Orange Walk Central. Although I was not chosen to be a delegate for the March 30, 2008 Leadership Convention, still travelled to Belmopan to give my support to Johnny over Francis. I have no problem in publicly admitting that in the 2008 General Elections, I had supported ‘’Chendo’’ Urbina (ex-PUP turned UDP) over John Briceño as I was quite unhappy with Briceño at the time. It is no secret that I have openly expressed my disappointment with Briceño (not the PUP). Still, I’ve remained a loyal

PUP and had campaigned vigorously for the Orange Walk PUP team in 2009 Municipal Elections. Unlike some people, I do not proclaim to be a PUP fanatic. Therefore, whenever I see any wrong happening in our Party, I will be the first to expose those whom I believed need to be exposed. I agree with other writers in the NP when they say that Johnny’s leadership was doomed to fail from the get-go when he proceeded to fire a legally constituted National Executive instead of trying to work with the members towards uniting the Party. Johnny ostracized many PUP stalwarts and started to distance himself from what he and his advisers refer to as the ‘’Old Guard’’. These are concerns I’ve long raised with Jaime (Johnny’s brother) on the few occasions we’ve met. Even with all that said, I still supported Johnny as PUP Leader and only wanted to see him succeed in uniting the party. What I certainly do not support, however, is the opinion of Ms. Alverez as expressed in last week’s issue of the NP regarding Mark Espat. While I respect her right to share her opinion, I would, nonetheless, like to make a few comments. Even ‘’Blind Eye Jamesy’’ could see that Mark Espat is not a sincere person and should never be trusted. If, indeed, Johnny has failed as Party Leader, then, tell me Ms. Alverez: What about his National Campaign Manager and his Deputies? What about the Communications Director and her Deputies? And what Johnny’s two Deputy Leaders who continuously ignore his phone calls and snub him at every given opportunity? It seems that Mark and Cordel have somehow convinced themselves that the PUP needs them and not the other way around. And I believe Ms. Lisa that Johnny has fallen right into their trap. Those that criticize Johnny’s leadership must remember and realize that there are

a few people who surround Johnny and advise him. One such person is no other than Mark Espat. Therefore, Johnny’s failure simply means that there are people around him who want him to fail for their own selfish benefit. Are you telling me, Ms. Lisa, that those are the type of people you call “leader’’? Of course, Ms. Lisa, Johnny might not have the physical or the mental agility to match Mark but I guess you didn’t know that Mark had to discontinue his studies at Viterbo College in Wisconsin, U.S.A because of mental complications. In other words, the poor fella had a nervous breakdown. Or could it be this is what you meant when you spoke about his “mental agility’’? I believe it is time for Johnny to wake up from his political slumber and to smell the political coffee while it’s brewing. I personally don’t see Said Musa or Francis Fonseca posing any threat Johnny’s leadership. The real and imminent threat to Johnny’s leadership and the PUP comes from Mark Espat and Kremandala. Mark will do anything to become the

Leader of the PUP, even if it means destroying the party to achieve his selfish aim. As an Orange Walkeño, I am extremely concerned about the way in which Johnny has chosen to deal with the likes of Mark and Cordel. I strongly object to any “pact’’ between Johnny and Mark as the latter in untrustworthy and have hurt and continue to hurt many PUPs. It is my sincere hope that Johnny and his Executive find some common ground with Said Musa and Francis Fonseca and move away from all the mischief-makers and return meaningful unity to this Grand Ole Party. Although I will no doubt support Johnny again at the next Leadership Convention, I will continue to support my Party. I will do so even if Said Musa or Francis Fonseca is elected at the next Leadership Convention. What I most certainly will not support is a Mark Espat leadership. And you can take that to the bank Evan X Hyde. Sincerely, NIRVA TZUL


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Israeli commandos’ storm aid flotilla; 10 killed JERUSALEM – Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the

blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least 10 passengers in a predawn raid that set off worldwide condemnation and a diplomatic

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

SCHEDULE ALL THAT piece or parcel of land being Lot No. 3451, containing 416.497 Square Yards situate along Allan Pitts Crescent, Loyolaville, Belize City, Belize District, being a portion of land comprised in MINISTER’S FIAT GRANT No. 273 of 1991 dated the 31st day of July, 1991 and more particularly shown and delineated on a Plan of Survey No. 273 of 1991 dated the 31st day of July, 1991 by G.V. Bautista, Licensed Land Surveyor, recorded at the office of the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, Belmopan City, Cayo District in Register Plan No. 1703 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon, the freehold property of Glenford Villanueva.

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NEWS

crisis. Israel said its commandos were attacked by knives, clubs and live fire from two pistols wrested from soldiers after they rappelled from a helicopter to board one of the vessels. Dozens of activists and at least 10 Israeli soldiers were wounded in the bloody confrontation in international waters. Reaction was swift and harsh, with a massive protest breaking out in Turkey, Israel’s longtime Muslim ally, which unofficially supported the mission. Ankara announced it would recall its ambassador and call off military exercises with the Jewish state. The bloody showdown came at a sensitive time in IsraeliPalestinian peace efforts. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet Tuesday with President Barack Obama to discuss the next round in U.S.-led indirect negotiations. From Toronto, Netanyahu spoke by telephone with top Israeli officials and expressed his “full backing” for the military, according to a statement from the army. The White House said in a written statement that the United States “deeply regrets” the loss of life and injuries and was working to understand the circumstances surrounding this “tragedy.” The activists were headed to Gaza on a mission meant to draw attention to the blockade, which Israel and Egypt imposed after the militant

Hamas group seized the territory of 1.5 million Palestinians in 2007. There were conflicting accounts of what happened early Monday, with activists claiming the Israelis fired first and Israel insisting its forces fired in self defense. Communications to the ships were cut off shortly after the raid began. An Israeli commando who spoke to reporters on a naval vessel off the coast, and who was identified only by the first letter of his name, “A,” said he and his comrades were surprised by a group of Arabic-speaking men when they rapelled onto the deck. He said some of the soldiers, taken off guard, were stripped of their helmets and equipment and thrown from the top deck to the lower deck, and that some had even jumped overboard to save themselves. At one point one of the passengers seized one of the soldiers’ weapons and opened fire. A high-ranking naval official displayed a box confiscated from the boat containing switchblades, slingshots, metal balls and metal bats. “We prepared (the soldiers) to deal with peace activists, not to fight,” he said. Most of the 10 dead were Turkish, he added. A Turkish website showed video of pandemonium on board one of the ships, with activists in orange life jackets running around as some tried to help an activist apparently unconscious on the deck. The site also showed video of an Israeli helicopter flying overhead and Israeli warships nearby.


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NEWS FROM

Latin america & regional

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Tropical storm kills in Central America

COLOMBIA RUNOFF

ex-defense minister vs. Mockus

GUATEMALA CITY – The death toll in Central America from landslides and flooding triggered by the year’s first tropical storm surged to 99 on Sunday, as authorities struggled to clear roads of debris and reach cut-off communities. Rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Agatha have pounded an area stretching from southern Mexico nearly to Nicaragua. They eased somewhat on Sunday, but rivers continued to rise and word of deaths from landslides was still filtering out from isolated areas. As of Sunday evening, 112,000 people in Guatemala had been evacuated, many to shelters. Government disaster relief spokesman David de Leon said 82 people were killed in the poor Central American country as rains unleashed lethal landslides across the country. Another 53 people were reported missing. Agatha made landfall Saturday near the nation’s border with Mexico as a tropical storm with winds up to 45 mph (75 kph) and was dissipating rapidly Sunday over the mountains of western Guatemala. In El Salvador, President Mauricio Funes warned that the danger had not yet passed and reported nine deaths. “Although the storm appears to be diminishing in intensity, the situation across the country remains critical,” Funes said. In Honduras, eight deaths were linked to the weather. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami warned that remnants of the storm were expected to deliver 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) of rain over southeastern Mexico, Guatemala and parts of El Salvador. Nervous residents still remember Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which parked over Central America for days, causing flooding and mudslides that killed nearly 11,000 people and left more than 8,000 missing. In Guatemala, 13 people died in one landslide that tore through the community of San Antonio Palopo on the steep banks of Lake Atitlan, a popular tourist attraction 65 kilometers (40 miles) east

of Guatemala City. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said 4.3 inches (10.8 centimeters) of rain had fallen in Guatemala City’s valley in one 12-hours period. The rains unleashed chaos in the department of Quetzaltenango, 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Guatemala City, where a boulder loosened by rains crushed a house, killing four people including two children. Four children were killed when rain-soaked earth gave way in the town of Santa Catarina Pinula, about six miles (10 kilometers) outside the capital. Cesar George of Guatemala’s meteorological institute said the coastal community of Champerico had received 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in 30 hours. Rainfall from the Guatemalan interior also flooded rivers coursing away from the storm toward the Atlantic. The Motagua River flooded 19 communities near Guatemala’s northeastern border with Honduras. In El Salvador, there were at least 140 landslides throughout the country. Civil defense officials said the Acelhuate River that passes through the capital, San Salvador, had risen to dangerous levels and was threatening to overflow into city streets. Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras all declared emergencies designed to increase immediate government aid and resources. Guatemala City’s La Aurora airport remained closed Sunday because of heavy ash that fell from last week’s eruptions of Pacaya volcano. But volcanic activity had tapered off Sunday , allowing helicopters and small planes to deliver aid to communities still unreachable on washed out roads. Flooding and slides destroyed 505 homes in the Honduras and prompted authorities to evacuate 2,250 people.

BOGOTA, Colombia – A former defense minister from an elite political clan fell just short of a first-round victory in Colombia’s presidential elections while trouncing his closest rival, an unorthodox Green Party candidate. Juan Manuel Santos, who helped craft the wildly popular security policies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, won 47 percent of the vote Sunday to top a field of nine candidates. Antanas Mockus, the son of Lithuanian immigrants who stressed clean government and promised a tax increase, got 21 percent. A former two-time mayor of the Colombian capital, he catapulted into contention in preelection polls only to falter at the ballot box. Santos, 58, is a U.S.-trained economist and the great-nephew of a president whose family long ran the country’s leading newspaper. His first cousin, Francisco Santos, was Uribe’s vice president. A nephew, Alejandro Santos, is editor of Semana, the country’s leading newsmagazine. After serving three administrations as a Cabinet minister, he is in his first race for elected office. Santos came unexpectedly close to winning the simple majority that would have precluded the June 20 runoff. Addressing jubilant supporters Sunday night, he called the results an endorsement of the outgoing administration. “Mr. President Uribe, this is your triumph and that of those who want to preserve your immense legacy,” he said. “Most Colombians voted to defend your achievements and proposals.” Santos, who rejected the Mockus-proposed tax increase as hurting economic growth, won in all but one of Colombia’s provinces and even took Bogota. Finishing third with 10 percent was German Vargas of Cambio Radical, a member of Uribe’s governing coalition along with Santos’ National Unity party. Gustavo Petro of the leftist Polo Democratico Alternativo earned 9 percent. Although generally peaceful, Sunday was marked by nearly two dozen clashes with leftist rebels that authorities said claimed the lives of four soldiers, a potent reminder that Colombia’s half century-old conflict is far from resolved. Just last week, nine marines were killed in a single engagement. None of four major losing candidates made an immediate endorsement but it was noteworthy that the three candidates from parties in Uribe’s governing coalition together won 61 percent of the vote. Uribe was re-elected in 2006 with 62 percent. The continuing violence — and Mockus’ lack of clarity on how he would deal with

it as well as inexperience in international affairs — favored Santos. “I suspect for some there was tension between the head and the heart. In a country still at war, the head won out,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Washington, D.C.based Inter-American Dialogue think tank. Mockus, running for president for the third time, distinguishes himself with a simple message: Only through education and respect for the law will Colombians find true security. His colorful, pedagogical style catapulted him from fringe status. He has the most Facebook and Twitter fans among candidates. But Mockus committed several gaffes during the campaign that revealed him a relative novice in foreign policy and security matters. All Sunday’s soldier deaths were blamed by the government on the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. As Uribe’s defense minister from 20062009, Santos helped knock the wind out of the FARC, Latin America’s last remaining major rebel army. Santos also clashed with leftist Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Rafael Correa of Ecuador. Earlier this month, a judge in Ecuador ordered Santos’ arrest for authorizing a cross-border raid into Colombia’s southern neighbor in 2008 that killed the FARC’s No. 2 commander. Mockus, 58, says he would not have made the incursion into Ecuador. But he says he also would be tough on the FARC. And although not directly criticizing Uribe, Mockus is among Colombians expressing dismay at the scandals that have plagued the outgoing president, including domestic spying, extrajudicial killings by soldiers, and the awarding of agricultural subsidies to political cronies. Many of his supporters associate Santos with Uribe’s perceived ethical failings. “God has given us another chance and we’re going to try Mockus because hope is the last thing one can lose,” said Maria Gutierrez, a 57-year-old Bogota economist. “Mockus is an intelligent man and a pacifist and he won’t fight with Correa or Chavez.” Santos, meanwhile, has sought to distance himself from the scandals plaguing Uribe’s legacy. As defense minister, he fired 27 officers in late 2008 when it became clear prosecutors would be drawing up charges against soldiers accused of killing more than 1,000 civilians. Critics say he bears some responsibility, but Santos contends it was he who put an end to the abuses.


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~Public Views and Opinions~ WHERE THERE IS NO VISION A PEOPLE PERISH We refer and quote “From the Publisher” of the Amandala newspaper of Sunday May 23, 2010 “When we elect our leaders in general elections every five years or so, we expect these electorally empowered Belizeans to look out for our humble interests at all material times. It really doesn’t work that way these days. In the time of Mr. Price, it seemed different. Whatever the criticisms having to do with Mr. Price’s policies and politics, we, the Belizean people, did not feel that our everyday way of life was endangered.” Ms. Carla Barnett stated, “Governments need to think long term and to plan for the future instead of only five years” when named as head of a planning committee to guide, and produce a future developmental plan for Belize up to the year 2030. In sight of the above two statements, the following information is brought to the attention of the entire nation. There are two serious land deal situations among others presenting in the Capital, Belmopan that undermines the capital’s future development. 1. Land (35 acres in parcels) allocated for the NEMO and the Belize Defense Force Base (NEMO/BDF/GOB) that would allow direct access to the Hector Silva Airstrip by BDF servicing aircrafts, and which would facilitate in the event of an emergency the landing of Boeings 747 aircrafts. The land has now been cleared and subdivided into house lots. NEMO has applied to the Ministry of Natural Resources to combine “MUTATE” parcels 5848, 5849, 5851,5852, 5853, 5854 and 5855 into two parcels (8461 and parcel 8462) and further more was granted approval by the Land Utilization Authority (LUA) to subdivide these two parcels into house lots. Remember the land was entrusted to NEMO/BDF/ GOB for the people of Belize to have access and storage for emergencies during disasters. These lots are being issued and sold to ‘NEMO employees’ and UDP associates/stalwarts. The agreement by the BDF and NEMO to have the land allotted for future emergency landing space and expansion of the airstrip in future years to 2030 was convened by Commandant Gillett, RECONDEV and the Belmopan City Council at that time. The land was acquired at a cost of ONE BELIZE DOLLAR ($1.00) per acre, and was enough to hold the warehouses NEMO needs to store goods for the entire country, during disasters. Likewise a portion of the 35 acres would be to facilitate the storage of servicing aircrafts during the disaster. Remember hurricane Mitch and imagine what would be if the Western and Hummingbird Highway was cut off from the rest of the country! During a hurricane Belmopan becomes home to people from Belize City, Dangriga and other, and the Western Regional Hospital transforms into the country’s

major hospital. This was the basis that prompted this land assignment. Take a drive behind the US residential area in the Orchid Garden Extension area and you will see a metal shed where the BDF presently stores emergency materials and look on the East and West side of this property you will see the Cement Pillars already in place. Was the public consulted or informed of the decision to subdivide into house lots? What about transparency and an end to corruption as promised? 2. The other land deal is the parcel of land assigned to the Western Regional Hospital (WRH) parcels number 796 and 4211. Parcel 796 is where the WRH facility is situate and parcel 4211 is the reserved parcel for future expansion to the hospital in a few years to come. The City of Belmopan is rapidly growing making the Cayo district nearly as populated as the Belize district, and as can be observed in the outpatient clinics that it is becoming too congested. Definitely in no doubt there is or will soon be the need for expansion. The Western Regional Hospital is a regional referring institution receiving patients from the West and South and also patients from the KHMH during hurricane threats. Well, well, this expansion may not happen since parcel #4211has been sub-divided “MUTATED” into three portions, now parcels # 8059, 8060 and 8061. The question is who owns or will own these properties? Parcel # 8059 and 8061is for well known L. Arnold, and parcel # 8060 is still in the name of GOB/Ministry of Health for the people. Does this portion remain for the people? NOT SO! The thing is that this parcel (#8060) was granted an approval from LUA to further be subdivided into portions. Parcel # 8060 has been sub-divided into parcels # 8443, #8444, # 8445, # 8446, # 8447, # 8448, # 8449 and # 8450. After days of trying at the Land Registry in the Ministry of Natural Resources it was unable to get a legitimate response as to whom the parcels were issued but UNOFFICIAL word is that these properties, from parcel # 8443 to parcel # 8450 have been air marked for two ministers from the north, and their families. Imagine if this goes trough, the WRH will have no more space for expansion and will have to relocate and what could have been a state of the art hospital in the Capital City will be no more. The land space could have been the locality of a complete primary care facility that is much needed in the Capital. This is not politics we are talking outright corruption and it has to be stopped, we need to save what is for the benefit of the people and belongs to the people. These lands were assigned years ago for ALL (Not a few) the people of Belize, with a vision and good intentions to contributing to the development of the Capital City. We

need to ensure that these properties are RETURNED to their rightful owners, THE PEOPLE. Remember ‘the promise’, to stop the corruption even if there is a smell of such, we will act and do the wrongs to right. TWO WRONGS DOESN’T MAKE A RIGHT. We appeal to all members of the House of Representatives, especially the Prime Minister, and all other organizations and entities such as the Churches, Municipalities: Mayors, Councilors; all Unions: Teachers, Congress; University of Belize, Students Bodies, all political parties, and to all who have Belize and Belizeans at heart to demand that these sub-divisions be halted, properties be de-surveyed and returned to NEMO and the Western Regional Hospital for

the purpose it was meant. These are only two issues, there are more! It is time to stand and save what belongs to us; this is the time to stop the wanton sale of properties that are in the name of GOB for the people of Belize. The Hector Silva Airstrip, NEMO storage area and Western Regional Hospital will be forced to remain as is for when the land is gone it is gone! We call to all public officers to stand up against corruption. The Belmopan City Council Act gives the Mayor absolute authority to stop these corrupt land deals, the Act states that all subdivisions to be carried out in the City must be sanctioned by the Mayor; we then make a special call on the Mayor to do whatever it takes to end the land corruption in the Capital.

The reshuffle that Wasn’t Continued from page 6 resistance led by Gapi Vega that essentially said if you touch one you touch all. Or maybe the ever Machevillian master of the game only changed course and completed his usurpation of all their budgets through the implementation of a new all-powerful supra-ministry called Restore Belize. They have their fiefdoms but he will have their CEO’s and command of their resources. On the face of it, or rather outside the context of what Restore Belize entails, the changes appear so cosmetic as to be laughable. In his column this week on his Flashpoint website Godfrey Smith notes: “The PM announced that he was collapsing the Ministry of National Security encompassing the Police, Military and Immigration services and splitting it into a Ministry of Police and a Ministry of Defence. “His justification for separating the two is to have a “dedicated” Ministry of Police that concentrates on crime-fighting; one that will focus on its core competence, without the distraction of having to manage the military as well. “The apparent logic of this argument dissolves, however, upon closer scrutiny. In large countries with large militaries it is an obvious imperative that the two be kept separate. “The Belize Defence Force, however, more than any other department of government, is a disciplined unit that runs itself according to established protocols. “The Minister’s role is the passive one of being kept advised of incursions into Belize and other matters. There is little room for dayto-day ministerial oversight or policy input, which is the way it should be.” His conclusion perfectly contextualizes what indeed has happened: “In the case of former Minister of National Security, Carlos Perdomo, the PM was a little less than forthright - he cannot tell a lie - in stating as he did that the unified Ministry of National Security was

too big for one man to handle. “It is closer to the truth that Minister Perdomo’s retention of the Defence portfolio, along with Immigration, was really designed, in the language of the vernacular, to leave a respectable teat dangling from the underbelly of government in the ministerial mouth of Perdomo.” And what of the new Minister of Police and Public Safety, who is probably better known to the masses for his Carnival sambas and sashays, for the sequins, skimpy costumes and sprayed on “glitters,” than for machismo, masculinity and even the chauvinism which seems to define the policeman’s personality? And what are we to suppose was the result of the vetting process, if any, which should precede appointment to any high level security post? A question regarding published allegations of money laundering against a company he and his brother own and operate produced a hyped response from the prime minister and curious looks from the new American ambassador. The smell lingers, though, even as this band plays on. The appointment of the still chairman of the unbudgeted for Integrity Commission chairman to the Attorney General post is so unique in its circumstances that it defies description. The head-scratcher is that the new attorney general is the former attorney general law partner of thirty-some years. There were questions of proprietary when the old Attorney General employed or contracted his law firm. This no doubt put those questions to rest since the Pitts in Pitts and Elrington, has no need to hire himself. One supposes it’s likes the song lyrics from “I am my own grandpa.” It sounds funny I know, but it really is so. Dean Barrow’s cabinet klatch is larger than Barack Obama’s cabinet cabal. Even with all the marches, tears, and anguish expressed by Belizeans, Carlos Perdomo, Pablo Marin et al continue to guzzle from the taxpayers’ trough.


Sunday, June 6th, 2010 With the critical issues facing the country these days, one would think that the opposition would go into high gear and that the government would display more enthusiasm but alas; we remain on cruise control…or beyond the reef with no compass. According to Prime Minister Barrow when he sat in with his friend Ernesto Vasquez on Love FM, Belize’s economy is showing signs of recovery. He repeated the same line to me at the presentation of his lightweight Restore Belize crime fighting plan. Right now we need a Save Belize plan. Seems these days we are bombarded from all different directions. There is this looming BTL fiasco that is not looking too good for Belize right now. The best Barrow can do is blame Belizean lawyers whose services are retained by Lord Ashcroft for his troubles. Gosh, Jolly…wasn’t he Lord Ashcroft’s lawyer some years ago? When Belizeans took to the streets dragging their telephones behind them, Barrow had not a word of sympathy for us. Someone needs to tell the Prime Minister that if he wasn’t so greedy, hypocritical and malicious, this mess would never be ours to pay for. Johnny Briceno on the other hand and the mute he has for a communications apparatus is no different. The BTL matter is a vexatious matter and Lois, Dean, Deanne and Anwar had better get us out of this mess. The BTL matter has all the makings of a disaster that will hit us and hit hard. No free and fair court will let Barrow and the UDP get away with this and the people who will pay for it is the people of Belize. In fact we already are. It is sad that some people have to feel

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My Country and the Bs that run it

Mike Singh seated behind Mayor Moya-Flowers before they get the sense. I am most regretful about the attack on attorney Rodwell Williams. I only met him once and he was cordial and accommodating, unlike his law partner, who is pompous and arrogant, just like some of his counterparts in new PUP.

I don’t know much of what is happening in the UDP camp but from the chagrined look on the faces of those who were passed over for Ministerial appointments; that reshuffle thing did not go over well and it will not blow over like wah lee breeze. It begs the question, why was

QUARRELING ABOUT WORDS …

Arthur Roaches, an obviously talented man passed over? The Prime Minister found my question rhetorical because I was late to the press meeting but really I asked again even though I heard his deliberations on radio as I travelled to Belmopan because I needed for him to explain to me and the nation one more time what was going through his head when he decided to punk us again. It brings to mind the age old saying, “careful what you ask for, you might get it”. I am especially proud of this little paper that can. The heavy discussions continue. PUPs are hopeful once again and continue to meet in pockets to discuss their new leader. They have moved away from the shallowness of some who are hooked on personalities. PUPs are pondering on what kind of leader they want. From the descriptions I hear, neither Mark nor Johnny fit the description. I am proud of the Perspective for having led the discussion. As November draws nigh, PUPs are once again hopeful that we will have a leader that we can relate to and the “papisho” that we have been subjected will be a thing of the past. My sources tell me that Francis Fonseca has decided to re-enter the race. I say – go for it Francis. We are behind you! From Corozal to Toledo PUPs just wanted to know what other choice there may be. If what I hear is true then it makes the race very exciting. Francis has the talent and the necessary acumen to lead and certainly he will have the necessary support. As an aside I was amused by the double standards displayed at the restore Belize launching because back when Francis

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By: Glenn Tillett

Leadership principles in these ever changing times

I could see that Dean Barrow had been shocked and shaken by the shooting of his law partner and close friend Rodwell Williams, Jr., when he took to the podium to announce the changes to his Cabinet Tuesday afternoon at the NEMO Headquarters training room in Belmopan. I wondered if it had stirred his soul as well. I tend to regard Dean as a bit “soulless,” and not because he his most definitely not religious, but because his intellectual arrogance seems to preclude an appreciation of the spiritual dimensions of our lives. In my view you cannot appreciate the spiritual dimensions of this life we live unless you can humble yourself in awe of it. It is always hard for me when the bad stuff happens to people I know personally and it is doubly hard when bad things happen to good people. It can change you and them. I am hopeful that the “good thing” that will come out of this “bad thing” is that it will help to “humanize” Dean Barrow, by making him feel humble in the face of the awesomeness that is life and fate. You will know if he has been truly touched by Rodwell Williams fateful ordeal, whatever is the end result of all that has happened to him. We’ll

all know if he returns from his fallen friend’s bedside and publicly offer our (the people and government of Belize) condolences and apologies to the widow of Anastascio Gutierrez, and pledge out support to she and her fatherless children. Just coincidentally today someone send my some excerpts from a recently published book on leadership. (Hopefully they’ll send me the book next, ☺!) I can only hope the ALL our leaders and would-be leaders would read and heed. What gives a man or woman the right to lead? It certainly isn’t gained by election or appointment. Having position, title, rank or degrees doesn’t qualify anyone to lead other people. And the ability doesn’t come automatically from age or experience, either. No, it would be accurate to say that no one can be given the right to lead. The right to lead can only be earned. And that takes time. The following has been excerpted from “The Right to Lead”, by John Maxwell. The Kind of Leader Others Want to Follow The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow, but on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow.

You must become someone others can trust to take them where they want to go. As you prepare yourself to become a better leader, use the following guidelines to help you grow: Let go of your ego. The truly great leaders are not in leadership for personal gain. They lead in order to serve other people. Perhaps that is why Lawrence D. Bell remarked, “Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.” Become a good follower first. Rare is the effective leader who didn’t learn to become a good follower first. That is why a leadership institution such as the United States Military Academy teaches its officers to become effective followers first - and why West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School. Build positive relationships. Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. That means it is by nature relational. Today’s generation of leaders seem particularly aware of this because title and position mean so little to them. They know intuitively that people go along with people they get along with. Work with excellence. No one respects and follows mediocrity. Leaders who earn the right

to lead give their all to what they do. They bring into play not only their skills and talents, but also great passion and hard work. They perform on the highest level of which they are capable. Rely on discipline, not emotion. Leadership is often easy during the good times. It’s when everything seems to be against you - when you’re out of energy, and you don’t want to lead - that you earn your place as a leader. During every season of life, leaders face crucial moments when they must choose between gearing up or giving up. To make it through those times, rely on the rock of discipline, not the shifting sand of emotion. Make adding value your goal. When you look at the leaders whose names are revered long after they have finished leading, you find that they were men and women who helped people to live better lives and reach their potential. That is the highest calling of leadership - and its highest value. Give your power away. One of the ironies of leadership is that you become a better leader by sharing whatever power you have, not by saving it all for yourself. You’re meant to be a river, not a reservoir. If you use your power to empower others, your leadership will extend far beyond your grasp.


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Jealous Rage turns deadly in Corozal Town BY: MARSHALL NUNEZ

New Approach to Crime

(L)Elena Estela Amador, 21 (R) James Jackson, 37 By Rhenae Nunez Corozal; Sun. May 30th, 2010 A domestic dispute turned deadly in the wee hours of Saturday morning in Corozal Town. James Jackson a thirtyseven year old electrician called the Corozal Police to his home after he had allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend, Elena Estela Amador, 21. When Corozal Police arrived at the corner Third Street-North and Sixth Avenue address they were greeted by Jackson, also known as “Dandy,” who was clad only in “boxers”. Jackson reportedly told police, “I just stab up mi gial and kill a in de inside.” Upon entering, police found a motionless Elena Amador lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. Jackson handed over a broken knife, which is believed to be the murder weapon. The couple who was described by family and friends as being dangerously in love had a history of violence. Both of them jealously guarded each other. Jackson’s jealousy, however, was over his common-law’s choice of friends who were said to be gay and lesbians. The two were spotted at a transvestite pageant at Naito’s nightclub earlier that night. Friends say that Elena and James did not attend the event together, but when it was over, they proceeded to a nearby nightclub together. Jackson left early and tried to get his young common-law wife to leave with him. She had other plans and chose to stay out with her friends. Neighbors say that when Elena arrived home around two, it was to a furious Jackson who shouted at her. Elena’s uncle said that he heard the shouting match but did not think much of it since it was a staple of their relationship. Elena was later heard screaming and neighbors thought that Jackson was beating her, but no one intervened. Elena screamed a second time and

then she was not heard from again. Jackson apparently continued to shout. Jackson told Elena’s brother earlier that she was a lesbian and often accused her of having other men. The accusations would often lead to fights between the two since she also accused him having affairs with other women. Elena was stabbed four times and bled to death on the kitchen floor. Elena Amador’s body was taken to the Corozal Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. James Jackson was arrested and taken by police to the same hospital for treatment of a wound on his right arm. Speculation is that he attempted to take his own life after he killed his young girlfriend. Following treatment he was taken to the Corozal Police Station and later to court where he was read a single charge of murder. He was remanded to prison. Saturday night’s blood bathe at Jackson’s house was not his first violent involvement. In July of 2004, James Jackson got into a fight with Santiago Estrada, his neighbor who bit off piece of his ear. Estrada was charged for main and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Estrada appealed in 2008 and found out that he was read the wrong charge and instead should have been charged for wounding. Jackson’s ex-wife, with whom the National Perspective spoke with, said that he was texting and calling her on the night of the incident. She and Jackson were married for fifteen years and divorced two years ago. She has since remarried. She has taken to talking to women about domestic violence. Her simple message to women who are living in violent situations is get out!

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The much-talked-about cabinet realignment took place this week. Of course it was very much expected with much anticipation as the job as Minister of National Security was too big for Hon Carlos Perdomo could have handled. The situation of crime and violence spiraled out of control over the last two years and growing public outcry pressure and forced Prime Minster Dean Barrow

the cabinet to give greater oversight and power to the PM himself? Now these questions are not to dilute or erode the effectiveness of the decisions that are been made, but for us to be absolutely sure that the measures of austerity that are made now will be in the best interests of all of Belizeans and will give us the reassurance that we are safer and

The brazen criminal element challenged the police with shootings this time with a message to the Prime Minister himself hitting him close to home with the latest incident against his law partner last Monday night. to react. A couple weeks ago Operation Jaguar was launched right out of the Prime Minister’s Office but after just two weeks operating it is once again ‘business as usual’ for the criminal element. The brazen criminal element challenged the police with shootings this time with a message to the Prime Minister himself hitting him close to home with the latest incident against his law partner last Monday night. Barrow appeared to have felt some level of comfort and thought that everything was under control. In fact last week he even defended Carlos Perdomo. That was then and now this week, he is forced to have make decisions that contradicts that position. Of course that is a little politics. The fact of the matter though, is that the country needs for something to be done radically and urgent. The PM was obligated to do something and so he readjusted or some would say realigned his cabinet. While that is all good though, there are some questions coming out of the changes that he made: (1) Are there no other competent elected representative on the UDP side of the aisle that he was forced to have to appoint ministers from outside of the house? (2) Without having to go to details, the general question is what qualifies the Doug Singh to be Minister of the police? (3) In a period of inflation is it wise to increase the size of the cabinet or would have it been more strategic to have reduced the size of

more secured both nationally and internationally. As I write this article the PM unveiled his initiative to combat the crime crisis. Naturally this has to be at his chest after the shooting of his law partner in a darn brazen fashion. I want to personally wish Mr. Williams the best of success and a speedy recovery while praying for his family. We all have to be extremely concerned and no matter which political party we support and what is our political persuasion and whether we agree with certain polices and disagree with others implemented by this government we all have to be very, very nervous when criminal elements who just approach anybody and in this case such a prominent citizen and just open fire on them. I am making this point to say that whatever initiative is announced I believe we should all pray and hope that this initiative becomes an astonishing success. What happened to Senior Counsel Williams can happen to each and every single one of us. Over and over I have stated that the matter of crime is not partisan but is national and whatever initiative is launched should have bipartisan or a national support because at the end of the day it affects all of us, so it is my hope that the initiative of the prime minister will be successful. I know that some people would have different political view from me and they are entitled to that but this is only my impartial view.


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OH, I HAVE SINNED….EXPULSION? CONTRIBUTED BY GORDON SMITH The status quo within the mainstream political parties in Belize is facing new challenges from grass-roots members who have found creative ways, using the media to inform other rank and files with information that until that time, they weren’t privy to. Even though these radical movements were always present within the structures of both political parties, they were kept at bay and appeared more manageable because party chiefs were stringent in keeping party faithfuls in check forcing them to tow the party line or face expulsion. The UDP Regime of Manuel Esquivel saw an explosion of dissenters when they embraced the Maritime Areas Act in 1993 and tried to sell it to the UDP membership creating a split within the Party which resulted in the formation of the NABR. Similarly, in the second term of Said Musa’s PUP Government (2003 - 2008), the PUP found itself with the G-7 dissenters. These individuals eventually returned to the table and negotiated with Musa to reach an amicable solution even though extremists like Mark Espat, took advantage of the situation and continued his personal (Zinc Fence) war with Musa and Fonseca undermining the PUP all the way up to the 2008 General Elections. Many PUP hardliners saw Mark Espat as a weak point in Musa’s leadership especially because Musa failed to expel renegades like him and Cordel Hyde from the Party. Their demotion from the Musa Cabinet was viewed as a sign that these dissenters were unmanageable by Musa as opposed to the way Price controlled his Ministers during his tenure. Last week, the UDP announced that Belize City Mayor, Zenaida MoyaFlowers, was expelled from the party because she publicly demeaned the integrity of the UDP Party Leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow by saying he had “No Balls”. Mayor MoyaFlowers committed a sin against her Party Leader and now she is expelled from her Party. Young, novice politicians may view this action as new, but it is not. This is precisely how the political parties operated in the past to protect the status quo. Just a couple weeks ago, the official newspaper of the PUP, the Belize Times, was calling for the expulsion of Rhenae Nunez even though she holds no political office within the PUP party structure just because she admitted publicly that she did not vote for PUP Candidate, Joe Coye in the last General Elections of 2008. Most certainly, if they discover the true identity of columnists Jeremy Robinson and Yours Truly, Gordon Smith, who share our views weekly in the National Perspective, Article

17 will be activated. Both of us are believed to be high ranking members of the PUP but have been very vocal about the chaos in the present PUP leadership. Earlier, I said that dissidents have always shaken their heads against the Party’s status-quo, but as always, the Party Leader manages to control the situation. A case that comes to mind is that of Assad Shoman in the Cayo North Division when he was nominated for his third run in that division for the 1984 General Elections. As a result, the PUP was split with a self-righteous right wing “No Communist” group led by the then PUP Chairman Louis “Cuz” Sylvester. All during the Price Cabinet of 1979-1984, Musa and Shoman were still not accepted by PUP right-wingers headed by Sylvester

member of the Order of Distinguished Service, please permit me to express my hurted feelings to see that the great party for which many of us still living and the many long gone gave our arduous sacrifice to build, IS TODAY ALMOST in shambles”. Now that is a serious indictment on the state of the Party Don Hector, and your shared sentiments is echoed weekly in the National Perspective by just about every other columnist including myself. Don Hector continues: “Prior to this recent show of incapacity, I had the honor to be invited by many villages to discuss their problems many of them approached me to give them counseling” He added: “Over the years I have spent many dollars championing the cause of those unfortunate people who are in Limbo

the complaints continues Narda; as another Chairman stated “I can see why the UDP are not worried about PUP winning in 2013, because at this rate they won’t win” The chairman enquired: “Don’t you have some contacts up top to get a feel of what’s happening?” It is indeed a shame that over the last two years of this PUP leadership, communication for the PUP is “NADA” and if you believe that only the Cayo constituencies are affected by this mismanagement by the PUP leadership, think again. Don Hector, as I mention before, is a senior and ranking member of the PUP ODS and a former PUP Senator sacked by Briceño. Although Don Hector in the 80’s and early 90’s spent his time in the PUP opposing Said Musa who was suppose to be a communist, Don Hector’s business at Mile 8 on the Western Highway outside Belize City, flourished under Said Musa’s PUP government. Belizeans tuning into the morning talk show on LOVE radio and TV can listen to views express on related matters by Don Hector. However, Silva doesn’t call in and shared those views with PUP listeners on Vibes Radio. Don Hector have somewhat elevated himself from being a senior politician to a historian on all subjects. Don Hector’s e-mail has raised many eyebrows as to its motive. Of late, it is noticeable that Mark Espat’s camp has been very active creating mischief within the PUP. A couple weeks ago in the Perspective, a supposedly operative of Mark Espat (or maybe the Devil himself), wrote in the Perspective supporting a possible Mark Espat PUP leadership which almost caused a riot among fellow columnists of the Perspective. Now Don Hector, who is considered a strong ally of Mark Espat, has seen it appropriate to lash out at the lack of leadership by PUP Leader Johnny Briceño. With all these cyclical series of events, the chosen few within this present PUP leadership wants the greater majority to believe that Hon. John Briceño was not given a fair chance to prove his leadership skills. To that frame of mind I say, bullshit! This mindset should no longer be entertained. There is no more time for trial and error with the position of party leadership; you better be qualified especially for a position such as the Prime Minister-in-waiting. There should/will be no room for practice or rehearsals on the fate of our country by an incompetent leader who do not possess the leadership talent around him or lack the wherewithal in management skills when the emergency phone

With all these cyclical series of events, the chosen few within this present PUP leadership wants the greater majority to believe that Hon. John Briceño was not given a fair chance to prove his leadership skills.To that frame of mind I say, bullshit! even though Musa and Shoman were more popular with the grass-roots PUP rank and file, especially because the two were effective Ministers of Education and Health respectively. It was rumored that the right wing members of the PUP were financed by Dean Lindo’s campaign in the Fort George Division to ensure Musa’s defeat. Meanwhile, in Cayo North, Hector Silva, a former PUP Minister, was thrown in to run as an independent candidate which cost Assad Shoman his seat to UDP’s Dito Juan and also resulted with the resignation of Shoman from electoral politics that same year. Hector Silva and Louis Sylvester were never expelled from the PUP. Sylvester later resigned and join the UDP while Silva remained but was inactive until after the new leadership of John Briceño named him a Senator. I mentioned Don Hector as a dissident in the Party because two weeks ago in the National Perspective, I called for the PUP Order of Distinguished Services (ODS) - of which Don Hector is a member - to be activated. I received an e-mail from Don Hector titled ‘examination of his conscience’ which I love to share in parts with my readers. Don Hector wrote: “As a patriotic Belizean, as an old warrior of the Movement of Independence, as one of the oldest activists of the grand Old People’s United Party and as a

awaiting for that political Messiah such as Tony Soberanis, Madame Lizarraga, George Price et-al to appear”. Don Hector reprimanded: “THE PAYMENT I GOT WAS TO BE DISHONORED IN FAVOR OF STRONGER VOICES”. He questioned the leadership; “WHERE WERE THOSE STRONG VOICES, WHERE WILL THOSE STRONG VOICES BE. WHAT ATTRACTION WILL THOSE VOICES HAVE TO AT LEAST WIN A FEW VOTES IN DAYS AHEAD?” Don. Hector warned; “I brand this whole affair as a charade disguised in the form of a renewed movement. Away with the old folks, bring the modern ideas that have taken the party to an abyss of perhaps no return”. Don. Hector concluded; “WE ARE LIVING IN SAD MOMENTS”. The fact is that PUPs in the West who are working very hard against all odds are not happy with Johnny Briceño’s leadership. Divisional Chairmen in the area have shared common concern with e-mails like; “I don’t know what is next. I really don’t have the answers and I can’t confirm from anybody if we will ever get assistance to move forward. I have served my constituency to the best of my capacity but there is nothing more I can do” I wonder if the PUP National Communications Director, Narda Garcia, believes that these concerns are fabricated. But

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Telemedia, SanCas & Brodies win in Interoffice volleyball Belize City, May 29, 2010 Defending champs B e l i z e Telemedia continue to lead the Belize C i t y

Brodies Adelita Gillett i n t e r o f f i c e v o l l e y b a l l competition in games at the Belize City Center last Thursday and Saturday nights Saturday night’s games had the battle of the undefeated Telemedia and BATSUB teams. Belize Telemedia maintained their 1st place ranking by coming back after a slow start against Atlantic Bank, 20-25, 25-12, 15-06. In the second match of the night in a

Cas Seven Seas after wining the 1st set 25-19. San Cas seven seas took t away 25-16 and 15-7. Brodies Milo alo looked to upset

looked to get payback from BATSUB who won the 1st set 25-11. Atlantic bank recovered to win the 2nd set 25-23, but the BATSUB crw outlasted them 15-12 in the 3rd set. Games continue this Thursday night with San Cas Seven Seas vs. Brodies Milo. Brodies is fighting to remain

Brodies battle of who would remain in 1st place with Telemedia, San Cas Seven Seas had their revenge against BATSUB and won in 2 straight sets, 25-20, 25-21. First Caribbean, usually a powerhouse, continued in their struggles this year as they lost in a hard fought battle with Brodies Milo, 29-27, 25-23, 15-5. In the final match of the night, Atlantic Bank trying to fight for a playoff spot lost to San Cas Seven Seas in 2 straight sets, 25-15, 25-11. Last Thursday, First Caribbean suffered a heartbreaker loss to San

SanCas Belize Telemedia when they won the opening set 25-21, but Telemdia rallied to win the next 2 sets 25-8 and 15-7. Inther third mathc last / hursdaymnigvht. Atalntic Bannk

in the top 4 to make it to playoffs. BATSUB takes on Belize Telemedia as BATSUB tries to work itself back into a tie for 1st place, and Atlantic Bank faces off with First Caribbean in a battle of the banks.

Surprise stuns Wicked Eleven 180-179 in Smart Harrison Parks cricket playoffs Flowers Bank, May 29, 2010 The Surprise Cricket Club won a stunning defeat of Wicked Eleven on their home ground (Wicked Eleven’s) in playoffs of the Smart Speednet Harrison Parks cricket competition in Flowers Bank on Saturday. Herbert Banner, who is a batsman for the Under 19 National Cricket Team, led. The Under 19 cricketer scored 50 runs of the total score of 180 runs scored by Surprise in their innings. At the end, Surprise had 7 wickets to spare and 180 runs. The captain, Lawrence Banner, Jr. took 4 wickets for Surprise.

Wicked Eleven scored 179 runs, all out. Steve Robinson scored 75 runs for the loser. Game two in this three game series of the semi-finals of the SMART Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition will be played in Lemonal on Saturday, June 5, 2010. The match which was scheduled between Brilliant and Excellence was postponed due to the wet condition of the grounds. This match will be played in Crooked Tree on Saturday, June 5, 2010.


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BDF wins 2nd back to back Caribbean Motors Cup championship

Belize City, May 30, 2010

MVP Orlando Jimenez

The Belize Defense Force repeat as Belize Premier Football League champs by a 2-0 win against Georgetown Ibayani in the Game 2 of the Caribbean Motors Cup football championship finals at the M.C.C. swamp on Sunday. Torrential rains of Tropical storm Agatha drenched the MCC garden turning the turf into a muddy swamp, but the military soldiered on in the rain. Many

fans elected to watch instead Channel 5’s live broadcast at home, but that too had to be cancelled because of the weather. Georgetown Ibayani sought to avenge their 2-1 humiliation in Game 1 on their home turf, and Alexander Peters’ first shot tested BDF goalie Woodrow West’s reflexes under wet conditions. BDF’s Orlando J i m e n e z countered with a cross to center which Lisbey Castillo could not quite finish with the header. Jimenez tried again, setting table for Kareem Haylock, who centered to Gilbert Swaso, but again the header went wide. Bernard Linarez tested Woodrow West with his execution of a free kick, but West was up to the challenge. Darwin Castillo tried again and alost put the visitors on the scoreboard with a shot that had West beat until the ball rebounded off the goal post. Orlando Jimenez set table again for Kareem Haylock and Ibayani’s Elias Pelayo came out of his goal to forestall the play, which ut him out of position when Jimenez recovered the ball and

blasted it into the empty net to give BDF a 1-zip lead at the 43rd minute, going into the half time break. In the 2nd half, Orlando Jimenez looked to increase the lead with another shot that screamed over the crossbar. David Trapp tired a low cruise missile which also went wide. Ibayani’s Kenroy tried to reduce the deficit with a left foot shot, but West came u with a save to keep the visitors scoreless. BDF coach Jose Palmiro Sals decide David Trapp had done enough and recalled him, to introduce Denis Seano to the ball game. Orlando Jimenez now set table for Dennis Serano, who blasted home a 2nd goal past Pelayo, and the BDF were now up 4-1 on goal aggregate, the visitors need 3 goals to get back into the ball game. Never mind the rain, the BDF players slid and dived into the muddy waters on the side of the pitch in celebration. When Gilbert Swazo got sent off with a red card, he took a cooling slide into the large pond at the side of the pitch. In the award ceremony after the game, Bernard Linarez of Georgetown Ibayani claimed the best midfielder award. Kent Gabourel of San Pedro Sea Dogs won the Best Defense Award. BDF’s Woodrow West was voted Best Goalkeeper. The Coach of the Year award went to Palmiro Salas whowas celebrating his 5th semipro championship. Orlando Jimenez captures the MVP title for the playoffs, and Daniel Jimenez of Hankook Verdes won the MVP award for the regular season; as well as Most Goals and Best Forward. Georgetown Ibayani received the sub-champion’s trophy and BDF team captain Jerome Serano recieved the championship trophy.

Hector Lopez wins BTTA

Over-45 Non-elite table tennis championship

Belize City, May 30, 2010 Hector Lopez won the Non-elite Veterans over-45 table tennis championship in the tournament held by the Belize Table Tennis Association at “the home of table tennis”, the Belize Elementary School auditorium on Sunday, May 30.

With the main intention to encourage the Veteran players of the BTTA to compete in their respective category, some 15 players over the age of 45, participated in a one-day DOUBLE ELIMINATION style competition to determine the true CHAMPION of this Non-Elite division. Kicking of at around 9:30 AM on a

slightly rainY Sunday morning, these 15 participants competed for about 4 hours to determine the winners. At the end the results were as follows: 2010 Non-Elite VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIP:1st - HECTOR LOPEZ 2nd - DAVIS HUANG 3rd HOLLIS PARHAM 4th - SAMUEL SUKHNANDAN Trophies were awarded to all 4 finalists by Mr. Rodwell Williams, a BTTA Director, a participant in the tournament, as well as the sponsor of this event. This event was classified as a Non-Elite division, since it eliminated all players over 45 years who are rated 1100 and above on the BTTA Rating System. This allowed the participants to be competitive among their own class. It is the intention of the BTTA to also introduce a “2010 OPEN VETERAN CHAMPIONSHIP” that would cater to ALL players over 45 years of age who wish to participate. Both event would continue as seperate events in order to encourage participation at all levels. With the original registration to this event

over 25 participants another event of this type will definitely encourage more participation. We classify this “first run” as the “ice breaker” for our veteran players who are still interested in competing. We are encouraged by the success of this event, and will certainly continue to give players of all categories and skill the opportunity to compete and have fun in doing so. In its style of development, the BTTA stands committed to provide competition at all levels of our membership and players. We do encourage our junior players, as well as our Veteran players to remain interested and to participate in the overall development of the sport of Table Tennis in Belize. BTTA thanks the tournament sponsor, Mr. Rodwell Williams, as well as all the participants and spectators who came out on a “rainy” Sunday morning to support and make this first Veteran Championship a success! More photos and details of the tournament can be seen at the BTTA web site at “http://belizetabletennis.webs. com/” for


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OH, I HAVE SINNED…. EXPULSION? Continued from page 13 rings at 3:00am. Naysayers must be reminded that it is over two years since Briceño was elected to serve as Party Leader. It is because of his inability to unite the factions that has further splintered the Party. Johnny Briceño refuses to (or simply cannot) stop the obvious pettiness, vindictiveness and victimization of those that he believes do not support his incompetence. As I write this essay, such behavior is still rampant among many of Johnny’s advisors especially Narda who is Johnny’s Communications Director. This column in the National Perspective did not start until 17 months after this PUP leadership failed to heed the many advices from many of us that wanted to see the Party move forward and become viable. So please tell me who is to blame? Where does the buck stop? Please, be real! Neither John Briceño nor his pack of Dodo Birds should get an open ticket for an extension to further reduce the Party to shambles. There isn’t anything positive to show during his elected term as Leader of the PUP, and there is no one to blame for that failure but Johnny Briceño. At the National Perspective, we have exposed many of the worthlessness that Mark Espat and the Zinc Fence have done to the Party within the last two years. The weekly attacks of PUP officials from Mark Espat and his father-in-law Evan X in the Amandala continues and neither Briceño nor the Belize Times has lifted a finger to stop it. Instead, the Party Leader was about to sign a contract with Mark, Eamon and the Zinc Fence to exclude PUP members who the Zinc Fence are not comfortable

with when Johnny becomes the Prime Minister in 2013 (shame!). In closing, I would like to reiterate that my weekly column at the Perspective is a contribution thanks to the Editor. It is a contribution that I believe will help my Party to modify itself and become an all inclusive PUP. I am proud to make my weekly contribution to the Perspective sharing my political opinions. I have the greatest respect for all my PUP Leaders but like Don Hector Silva and others, I have sinned against my leaders by exposing their hypocrisy. Does that warrant an expulsion from the PUP? I won’t behave like Don Hector, Mark Espat and Eamon Courtney though; I will never disrespect the Leader Emeritus, the Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price. I will not publicly campaign against my Party causing my Party to lose because of ideology and personality and return to the Party and pretend that it was for a noble cause. Yes readers, the status quo in our Party has now changed, it is okay to sin against our Party just as Mark Espat has done during the last five years of Musa’s era and now during the two years plus of Briceño’s; just as Don Hector Silva did against George Price 26 years ago. Of course, I do respect the opinion of Don Hector and would want to encourage him to convince Señor Carballo to activate the ODS and have the leadership of the Party answer and account for the last two years of its leadership and start making way for new party leadership. Oh yes I have sinned... is my expulsion from the PUP eminent? Those that have Ears to hear! Hear!

My Country and the Bs that run it

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was campaigning for leadership, he was bombarded by criticisms because of his name. And to think some folks think I am vicious in my criticism of Mark and Johnny…stop unu fool yer? When I asked the Prime Minister about a business whose operations were questioned by international law enforcement agencies, there were some folks who started to cackle…until the PM straightened me out on the facts and pointed to the right Singh! Amazing, that caused some excitement as necks started to stretch to see who it was that the PM was referring to. Turns out the other Singh is the brother of the Police Singh. PM says that I should be sued…why? Because I reminded that you all ain’t as squeaky clean as you pretend to be? Well like my Prime Minister, “I cannot tell a lie”. Great things about to happen and soon the PUP will be ready to address the lies and liars. Whether it is Said that returns to the seat of leadership or it is Francis. Either way some folks must be sweating

bullets by this. oh how they wish Said Musa would just go away. So desperate are they for this that they are writing the editor of this paper they would love to hate to promote Mark. I liked it and I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. Please Ms. Alverez, write more. It is wonderful to see the great conversation happen in this little paper that many who try to discredit and predict its end. One thing I would like to challenge is for you to get space in Belize Times for the exact same thing. When you get the same letter printed in the Times then I will say, “yesss!” You know Ms. Alverez, those people over there that you are a member of ban people who disagree with them. I hear that they don’t really like Mark either. They say he liad and tricky… just between us girls. I think they are the vicious ones. Mek wi stop play…there is just too much happening right now that Johnny and his executive cannot tackle because they cannot agree on anything. Call the National Convention now!

PUBLIC

ANNOUNCEMENTS Births Raul Adonai to Vicente and Reina Margarita Orrego nee Miranda Winny to Wei Bo and Hui Zhen Liang nee Tan Hailey Leannie to Froylan and Solangel Alvarado nee Leiva Thalia Tiana Amber to Reginald James and Karla Leticia Gill neeCruz Brielle Adaliz to ArmandoAdrian and Ada Liza Garcia nee Cuello Janae Seanna to Charles and Jana Hanson nee Flowers Marcus Jordon Frederick to Tyrone Luvell and Rhonda Rachael Smith nee Gabourel

Marriages

Daniel Devour Perez of Trial Farm, Orange Walk to Sherena Lucrecia Banner of Isabella Bank, Belize Vallan Murray Leopold Lord to Elizabeth Maria Requena both of Belize City Jason Michael Emmanuel to Hermelinda Marie Pinks both of Belize City Ryan Anthony Osborne to Harmony Lee Hunter both of Canada Mujaheed Kharuri to Edlita Ack both of Hope Creek, Stann Creek Omar Hamze to Rim El Sayed both of Belize City Matthew James Guiguet to Kristy Dawn Bostroom both of Canada Luis Santiago Macario Martinez to Amalia Morales both of Ladyville, Belize Justin Michael Pollard to Anna Carolina Barrow both of Belize City Chad Doyle Asay to Mollie Coleman both of Utah, USA William Dent Johnson to Shannon Julia McFarland both of South Carolina, USA Marcelino Miranda Aceves toElodie Segal both of Belize City Peter Hildebrand to Sarah Harms both of Indian Creek, Orange Walk Herman Alamilla to Margarita Castiilo both of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye Cesar Arcenio Quijano to Lourdes Anirdi Ewan both of Orange Walk Town Gerhard Harms to Elisabeth Guenther both of Indian Creek, Orange Walk Town Victor Henry Uh of Caye Caulker, Belize to Brenda Michelle Martinez of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye Ying Hua Zheng to Yan Chun Wu both of Corozal Town Pedro Pop to Candelaria Cus both of Hicatee, Toledo Rodolfo Linares to Jenny Mossiah both of Ranchito,Corozal Reynold Norman Tzib to Sarita Lourdes Tzib both of San Antonio Fidel Martinez Nava to Regina Eugenia Amaya both of Libertad, Corozal Nelder Luciano Noh to Aidee Isabel Orellana Hernandez both of San Pedro, Corozal Antonio Tush of Corozal Town to Lisbeth Garcia of Paraiso, Corozal Ismail Tan Sander Zara Imani Smith both of Corozal Town Augustin Moises Vasquez to Abigail Villanueva both of Corozal Town Aldo Enrique Mejia to Shamanda Isabel Hernandez both of Ranchito, Corozal Yousif Ande Palma to Karina Elizabeth Romero both of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye

Deaths

Darwin Anthony Gabourel,66 George Emmanuel Loague,44 Curt Francis Estell, 53

Editor: 605-4508 osilva_56@yahoo.com 25 Nanche Street, Belmopan, Belize


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How to Dress for a Business Casual Office for a business casual outfit Jewelry and makeup can be a bit brighter and more playful than it is in professional dress, but try to keep your style consistent across each outfit. I have a friend who spent some time at school in the Midwest, and one of her overriding memories was of university secretaries who wore business casual skirts with holidaythemed earrings, red plastic Santa’s dangling from their earlobes, or jack-o’lantern pins stapled across fuzzy, orange sweaters. It’s easy to go wrong with jewelry, but if you keep it simple and only wear a couple of pieces at a time, you’ll be safe. (I said “no anklets, under any circumstances,” already, didn’t I?”)

By: Dulce Silva Business casual attire ranges from coat and tie to well-pressed jeans, with the moderate range being chinos and Oxford shirts. But those conventional dress codes are for men: women usually look too casual in chinos, and in trying to find a semi-professional look, the proper business casual office wardrobe can become a confusing quagmire of bad fashion choices. If you want to stay on the upper end of business casual, your best bet is to wear skirts more often than pants to work. As sexist as it is, people of both genders and all ages still perceive women to be betterdressed (and thus, more professionallooking) when wearing skirts. Business casual means you don’t have to shell out the big bucks for a suit-skirt: you can go with slightly tailored chino, cotton, linen or wool skirts. Like professional skirts, business casual skirts should fall slightly below or above the knee, with occasional forays into long skirts being acceptable in autumn and winter. Mini-skirts should not be part of the business casual wardrobe; nor should midriff-baring tops, running shoes, or anklets. Colorful accessories can define your personal business casual style In business casual dress codes, you can play around more with color, but if you want to build a look that’s polished, save the ultra-trendy clothes for the weekend. Bring bright colors into your wardrobe by way of

scarves, but keep your clothes in the neutral range for maximum professionalism with minimal economic investment. Womens business casual looks don’t have to mimic men’s fashions The recent trend in fitted cotton-spandex blend tops (cuffs, lapels and nipped-in waist), provides today’s working woman with a blouse that doesn’t have to be tucked in, that fits nicely and that looks tailored as well. They’re available in a range of colors, and can be worn with skirts or pants. The most common mistake with these tops is to wear them too tight, which can look pretty tacky. If they fit well, they create a put-together look without much work or

expense on your part. Business casual shoes appropriate for the workplace Loafers, low-heeled pumps, and strappy sandals can all work in the business-casual environment. (Don’t pay attention to websites that list flip-flops as summertime career shoes: they are not.) Match your shoes to your overall look, and if you wear sandals, make sure your feet and toenails look neat. Boots are fine in cool weather, and you may choose a style that comes an inch or two below the knee, or shorter, ankle-top boots. Some colorful jewelry and makeup is okay

Cabinet Reshuffle á la Mode

Written by: Godfrey Smith

Exracted from FlashPointBelize.com Wednsday June 2nd, 2010 A high-level corporate manager wittily remarked, following one of former Prime Minister Musa’s countless Cabinet reshuffles, that he had reshuffled the Cabinet and when he dealt the new hand, the jokers were wild. On Tuesday, June 1st, almost at the mid-term of his five-year tenure, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced his long-expected Cabinet shuffle amid the dun, depressing atmospherics cast by the shooting ambush of his law partner and friend, Rodwell Williams. The “fundamental impetus” for the reshuffle, the PM informed the nation, was to “confront and defeat” the burgeoning crime situation. The PM announced that he was collapsing the Ministry of National Security encompassing the Police, Military and Immigration services and splitting it into a Ministry of Police and a Ministry of Defence. His justification for separating the two is to have a “dedicated” Ministry of Police that concentrates on crime-fighting; one that will focus on its core competence, without the distraction of having to manage the military as well. The apparent logic of this argument dissolves, however, upon closer scrutiny. In large countries with large militaries it is an obvious imperative that the two be kept separate.

The Belize Defence Force, however, more than any other department of government, is a disciplined unit that runs itself according to established protocols. The Minister’s role is the passive one of being kept advised of incursions into Belize and other matters. There is little room for day-to-day ministerial oversight or policy input, which is the way it should be. In Belize, it is clear that the military will be compelled, due to the sheer inadequacy of funds and manpower of the police, to increasingly assume law and order responsibilities. The threat to national and personal security is no longer external from Guatemala. The threat comes from within, shooting up like an angry volcano from the bowels of depressed, marginalized Southside communities and showering the public with the red hot lava of indiscriminate grenade bombing, $500.00-a-piece-assassinations and uncontrollable broad daylight gun violence. That the military will have to evolve into a national service corps is evident from Operation Jaguar. Jaguar, which quelled the almost nightly gun violence for two weeks, required the joint deployment of the police, coast guard and military working together in one coordinated

Key to Dressing in Business Casual at the Office The key to a successful working wardrobe is to dress better than your coworkers (and your boss) without anyone really being able to say how you do it. It’s more about style than expense, and if you start with a couple of skirts, a couple of tailored-looking pairs of pants and a half-dozen tops to match, you’re on your way. Avoiding trendy looks (boat-necks, three-quarter sleeves, anything slinky or glittery) means you’ll have an easier time matching pieces, and the stuff you acquire won’t go out of season as easily. For major wardrobe staples, staying with neutral colors (off-white, chino, taupe, gray, brown, dark blue) will help you create and add to your cache of separates.

action. It is painfully obvious that a series of such operations, costly as they are, will have to be launched to calm the blinding fear rippling through the community. Traditional modes of military warfare have had to change due the asymmetry of the borderless, stateless terrorist threat. The government is now obliged to rethink, if not redraw, its entire national security structure to deal with destabilizing threat of homicidal youth violence. Turf wars inevitably develop between separate ministries of the police and military. Military leaders, trained to do soldierly work, have traditionally viewed the deployment of their soldiers to do police patrol work as being infra dig. If, as it appears, the military is fated to evolve into a kind of national service corps along the lines of that in Costa Rica, it seems only sensible that that vision be sketched out, studied and developed under one minister. The turnaround time to move from policy vision to research to plan of action takes at least three years; already there’s no time to lose. Unfortunately, it is a feature of politics that no matter how urgent and critical the objectives to be met, a prime minister’s cabinet reshuffle is never a pure exercise

of simply matching brains, personality and skill-set to portfolios. There are always the hidden collateral questions of balancing the power dynamics of the Cabinet and massaging the bruised egos of demoted ministers. In the case of former Minister of National Security, Carlos Perdomo, the PM was a little less than forthright – he cannot tell a lie – in stating as he did that the unified Ministry of National Security was too big for one man to handle. It is closer to the truth that Minister Perdomo’s retention of the Defence portfolio, along with Immigration, was really designed, in the language of the vernacular, to leave a respectable teat dangling from the underbelly of government in the ministerial mouth of Perdomo. Why, incidentally, Minister Perdomo should retain any piece of a security portfolio is aggravating when it is obvious that he, a marriage and family counselor, is eminently better suited to dealing with social service issues. Making Senator Doug Singh the new Minister of the Police may raise more than a few eyebrows locally and externally. He wields political influence as Chairman of the United Democratic Party and is a savvy businessman but brings no experience in law and order matters. But he may well bring a level of energy, and organizational and managerial

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Development and Economic growth By: Anonymous II All economists agree that economic growth is the continuous increase in real per capita output or the increase in productivity of a nation, its gross domestic product (GDP). In the year 2000 Belize Census indicated there were 249,800 inhabitants and that the GDP was $1,743 billion, and this translated into $5502 real per capita outputs at current prices. Since that time Belize has officially entered a recession (i.e.) GDP has decreased. So as the economy goes down in flames, the two only political parties continue to mudsling and cast aspersion on everyone and everything, this proves the point that both political parties are immature and not fit to govern. If these two parties knew how to govern ,then ,since inheriting the stupid mess from England ,they should have mobilized the best minds ,the best technology, the best or optimum mix of our resources, both physical and human ,to create economic growth and development . Instead these two parties even right now at this writing, Ignore or don’t know how, to garner the resources to create what is necessary and required for the economic growth and development. Rather than fight each other over symbols and daily inflammatory rhetoric and platitudes ,both parties must recognize the usurious commercial bank interest rates ,government fiscal and monetary policies or the lack there of ,and the abusive and excessive taxes and fees of that ,are some of the causes of negative economic growth and development. Jobs Now Belizeans cannot consume goods and services if they don’t have jobs which pay them wages; and industries cannot have worker to produce the goods and services if banks and lending institutions won’t lend money to farmers, the construction industry and any other industries. Now Belize has five commercial banks and at least 15 credit unions (offshore international banks are excluded) which won’t lend (credit union are very limited to as to scope of what and how much to lend) as essentially we are talking about the trust department. As if these banks won’t lend or great obstacles or hurdles to qualify for loans, it is like trying to paddle to mars in a canoe. Now if you are Mennonite or Arab, or Chinese or any other racial group except black the rigidity is related, or obstacles are taken are taken down so if you are black Belizean, war on to you, you will rue your blackness and your black elected representative, and senators, and the workers in the Caribbean banks will make certain they nail the fact nail you in your coffins. Let’s look at the empirical evidences; 1. For decades the banks have over charge the Belizeans people for what ever loans they provided, your minister didn’t do anything to advocate for you either because they were ignorant of negative ramifications or they haven’t but allowed it anyway because their friends were involved. 2. For decades the government have been putting a damper on spending and consumption because of its abusive oppressive customs duties and tax systems, this is done because of ignorance or stupidity. They don’t understand how an

economy functions. if their Belizean experts advice the government leader s to do or not to execute certain fiscal or monetary policies, they are viewed in a jauntveed manner and are undermined so we need to obtain more costly foreign opinions like the crook report makes a lot of feel good recommendations to solve crime problems but essentially returns to the fundamental solutions of one of economics (i.e.) jobs creation, this leads to evidences No.3 3. Why haven’t the leaders look to creation of jobs since five decades a go to increase consumption of good and services which showed leads to increase aggregates demand of all goods and services (i.e. increase productivity. Why do you need crooks to throw this entire mean against the wall? According to the law of large numbers some will stick. Similarly some of the recommendations in the crooks report will stick there is nothing amazing about that. I am sure that the police leadership has heard all this before but it took a report coming from foreigners at the huge additional cost to living our dirty linen to wash. 4. Again, everything or every solution eventually leads to an economic solution. I have not seen any government monetary and fiscal policies to create jobs, to reduce inflation, to reduce taxes of all kinds to lower interest rates. Instead, all government actions are designed to the people of Belize; each law that is passed is an unwanted intrusion in Belizean private lives; each; law taken away or erodes more liberty, more freedom, more utility and happiness of Belizean lives. for example , a law is passed by the elected representatives to increase GST , to deny you the right to import better quality goods at cheaper cost than the domestically produce goods but that action must be a national decision based on common sense and comparatives advantage . Because no matter how you slice or dice the dollar , the consumers will pay for all the tax hikes and indiscretions of government leaders ; against laws are passed and enforced to deny you your sight of complete ownership and all the resources on your hand . Why would any government implement such despicable acts on its people? Is it sag hatred, perversion, stupidity? Is of that indelible salve mentality that, although nominally freed, the leaders still carry that ball and chain with them and perforce awaken its people with that same Slave ball and chain? Finally if the political leadership and the economic and financial leadership cannot come to terms to provide the tools for development and growth equality to all citizens with out ant forms of discrimination , then the people must take it upon themselves to perform these function like forming their own banking system on an informal or formal basis so they can obtain more easily the development funds they need ; or they can have the services of the USA investment banking to obtain small caps funds for their new businesses or to expand their existing business . These funds can be obtained at much cheaper rates that exist from the domestic banks. Don’t let the Caribbean banks treat you like stupid’s, people of Belize. There is always an alternative. There is also an alternative to the existing political system.

Cabinet Reshuffle á la Mode Continued from page 17 competence the Ministry sorely needs. Mr. Singh doesn’t exactly cut the figure of a tough, encrusted enforcer. He doesn’t need to if he can intelligently consult and marshal the available national talent, skills, resources and ideas to come up with a plan of action that is actually followed through systematically. The new minister of police should be clear about one thing. He can confront crime, but he cannot defeat it. There is no glory to be harvested from that particular portfolio, only a public pillorying. He should set for himself the task of crafting clear-minded policies and structures for a series of future ministers of police to gradually build upon. The crime crisis became what it is after decades of institutional and socio-economic neglect. It will take a very long time for a series of serious governments to right it. Assigning the Ministry of Youth to the Minister of Education Patrick Faber but giving the Ministry of Sports to Minister of the Public Service, John Saldivar, makes no sense. That particular split was obviously designed to equalize the addition of new portfolios between Ministers Faber and Saldivar to preserve the balance of power in Cabinet and prevent ministerial jealousy. Why not go straight for one unified

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with one budget to tackle the burgeoning problem of homicidal youth violence? Youth and Sports are really, when you think about it, indivisible. What the PM described as a “radical” reorganization to grapple the crime situation is really neither radical nor convincing; just more of the same old political balancing act. The PM’s disjointed explanation for appointing as the new Attorney General, Mr. B. Q. Pitts, the law partner of Wilfred Elrington, the former Attorney General, is that Mr. Pitts, an experienced Magistrate’s Court practitioner, would know how to plug the loopholes in the criminal justice system. Mr. Pitts has neither the wits nor the wherewithal to research, study and craft criminal justice white papers to rebalance the criminal justice process to engender an equality of arms. He lacks the standing, despite his senior counsel status, to meaningfully engage and command leadership of the legal and judicial fraternity. Mr. Barrow – who cannot tell a lie – should be asked why he now sees fit to appoint as the country’s Attorney General a man whom he described in 1992 as a “boot-licking, ambulancechasing lawyer”. With the prime minister passing off stale, half-baked dishes from his kitchen Cabinet as nouveau cuisine, should we bother waiting around to taste his anticrime dessert?

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BELIZE, A.D. 2009 (DIVORCE) ACTION NO. 230 of 2009 (SANDRA RAMIREZ ELIESEN PETITIONER ( BETWEEN (AND ( (ROLF ELIESEN RESPONDENT TO:

ROLF ELIESEN of Honduras.

TAKE NOTICE that a Petition for dissolution of marriage dated 2nd day of December, 2009 endorsed with a Notice to you to appear and answer the charges therein has been filed in the Supreme Court of Belize by SANDRA RAMIREZ ELIESEN of No. 7047 Racoon Street Extension, Belize City, Belize and that you are required within Fourteen (14) days after the second publication herein, inclusive of the day of such publication, to enter an appearance either in person or by your solicitor at the Registry of the Supreme Court, should you think fit so to do and thereafter to make answer to the charges in this Petition, AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that in default of your so doing the Court will proceed to hear the said charges proved and pronounce judgment in your absence notwithstanding. This Petition is filed and this Notice to appear is by the Bradley and Company of No.19 Dean Street, Belize City, Belize Attorney-at-Law for the Petitioner, SANDRA RAMIREZ ELIESEN. DATED the day of , 2009. E. O. PENNIL DEPUTY REGISTRAR NOTE: Any person entering an appearance must at the same time furnish an address for service within two miles of the Supreme Court.


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HEALTHY

LIVING

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)? symptoms from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and gives you a score based on how severe your symptoms are. BPH is an enlarged prostate gland. As the prostate gets bigger, it may cause problems urinating. Your score on this tool may help you think about if and how you want to treat the problem. If you are already being treated for BPH, the tool can also help you and your doctor tell how well treatment is working. The tool is based on the American Urological Association (AUA) Symptom Index. The index is also called the International Prostate Symptom Score. How is it treated? As a rule, you don’t need treatment for BPH unless the symptoms bother you or you have other problems such as backedup urine, bladder infections, or bladder stones. Although home treatment cannot stop your prostate from getting larger, it can help reduce or control your symptoms. Here are some things you can do that may help reduce your symptoms: (1) Practice “double voiding.” Urinate as much as you can, relax for a few moments, and

then urinate again. (2)Avoid caffeine and alcohol. They make your body try to get rid of water and can make you urinate more often. (3) If possible, avoid medicines that can make urination difficult, such as over-thecounter antihistamines, decongestants (including nasal sprays), and allergy pills. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you take. If home treatment does not help, BPH can be treated with medicine. Medicine can reduce the symptoms, but it rarely gets rid of them. If you stop taking medicine, symptoms return. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove part of your prostate. But few men have symptoms or other problems severe enough to need surgery. Can BPH be prevented? You cannot prevent BPH or the urination problems it may cause. Some people believe that regular ejaculations will help prevent prostate enlargement. But there is no scientific proof that ejaculation helps.

PRESS RELEASE June 2, 2010 Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlarged prostate gland. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate gets bigger, it may squeeze or partly block the urethra. This often causes problems urinating. BPH occurs in almost all men as they age. BPH is not cancer. An enlarged prostate can be a nuisance, but it is usually not a serious problem. It is estimated that about half of all men older than 75 have some symptoms. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy. What causes BPH? Benign prostatic hyperplasia is probably a normal part of the aging process in men, caused by changes in hormone balance and in cell growth. What are the symptoms? BPH causes urinary problems such as: • Trouble getting a urine stream started and completely stopped (dribbling). • Often feeling like you need to urinate. This feeling may even wake you up at night. • A weak urine stream. • A sense that your bladder is not completely empty after you urinate. In a small number of cases, BPH may cause the bladder to be blocked, making it impossible or extremely hard to urinate. This problem may cause backed-up urine (urinary retention),

leading to bladder infections or stones or kidney damage. BPH does not cause prostate cancer and does not affect a man’s ability to father children. It does not cause erection problems. How is BPH diagnosed? Your doctor can diagnose BPH by asking questions about your symptoms and past health and by doing a physical exam. Tests may include a urine test (urinalysis), a blood test (serum creatinine), and a digital rectal exam, which lets your doctor feel the size of your prostate. In some cases, a prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test is done to help rule out prostate cancer. (Prostate cancer and BPH are not related, but they can cause some of the same symptoms.) Your doctor may ask you how often you have symptoms of BPH, how severe they are, and how much they affect your life. If your symptoms are mild to moderate and do not bother you much, home treatment may be all that you need to help keep them under control. Your doctor may want to see you regularly to check on your symptoms and make sure other problems haven’t come up. You can use this tool to help you think about how bothersome your symptoms are: How Bad Are Your Urinary Symptoms From Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)? - What does this tool do? This tool asks about your urinary

World Ocean Day Forum and Essay Competition Award Ceremony June 8 is set aside as World Ocean’s Day and Oceana will be discussing the topic of Offshore Oil Drilling and its legal ramification for the people of Belize. A public forum will be held to mark World Ocean Day on June 8, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Radisson Fort George Caracol Room. The general public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion of off-shore drilling in Belize. As part of the forum there will be a presentation on “The Belize Case for Offshore Drilling.” Presenters will speak about the legal realities in Belize, the economic impact to existing sectors and the environmental implications for Belizeans. The forum will also be the occasion at which the winners of the Essay competition will be announced and awarded their respective prizes. The competition held under the topic “Offshore Oil Exploration and Drilling – is it good for our People and Oceans?” has seen participation in all three categories: CATERGORY I – individual/General. Participant must be at 16 years and older. Prize: - an all expense paid trip for the winner and 9 friends to the Blue Hole (group limit applies) – sponsored by Hugh Parkey, Belize Audubon Society and Oceana. CATEGORY II - High School – (essay can be written and submitted by an individual student or a group of students - but must be submitted through the school). Prize: an all day expense paid trip for 25 to snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve – donated by Oceana, SEAduced by Belize & Elito Arceo; CATEGORY III – Tertiary Institution - (could be written and submitted by an individual student or a group of students – but must be submitted through the school). Prizes: Dive or snorkel for the winner and three friends at Whale Shark Zone – sponsored by AVADON Divers; SEA (Southern Environmental Association) and Oceana and one night stay for four at Laru Beya Resort in Placencia donated by Ian McField for the winner and guests. This forum is being co-sponsored by OAK Foundation; APAMO, COLA, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People and KREM RADIO & TV. ***** For Further information Contact: Audrey Matura-Shepherd 610-0702


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El Alto Costo de la incompetencia de Carlos Perdomo, como el Ministro de la Seguridad Nacional, fue para comprobar que la decisión para nombrar a individuos como estos son falta de el que los pone en el puesto. Dean Barrow d e b e r í a que la New un-elected Minister notar seguridad of Police Doug Singh pública es una de gran importancia El truco de decepción del PM y que se necesita a alguien Barrow no conoce fronteras; con gran capacidad de su más recién movida fue inteligencia para asumir al manifestada esta semana con nombramiento de Ministro lo que muchos describieron de Seguridad Nacional. Esta como un cambio del Gabinete. falta de incompetencia existe El pueblo beliceño estaba en todos los rincones de su esperando la eliminación administración hasta en de su de todos los miembros que propio Ministerio de Finanzas, no tienen la capacidad para los cuales son responsables servir en el Gabinete pero para el estado de nuestra en ves su movida claramente economía. En ves de estar demostró que el recompensa concentrado en un recuperan la incompetencia que fue miento de la economía, el demostrado por el antes PM Barrow se encuentra Ministro de Seguridad gastando su tiempo brincando Nacional, pero también otra de ministerio a diferente fila de Ministros, que faltan la ministerio cambiando capacidad para gobernar los ministros cuando del primer diferentes ministerios. lugar el debería poner a alguien con capacidad para La falta de ambición por parte dirigir que sea responsable

para que el como PM pueda hacer su trabajo en su Ministerio de Finanzas para no estarse preocupando de la incompetencia de los ministros que el mismo puso para dirigir. N o deberíamos olvidar que antes de las New un-elected Attorney elecciones General, B Q. Pitts generales del 2008; Barrow nombro a Carlos Perdomo como el las reglas no estas siendo individuo mas capaz para obedecidas hasta por los dirigir el Ministerio de la mismos que deberían re-en Seguridad Nacional, que forzarlas. Ahora parece que según a Barrow ya era el PM Barrow finalmente se conocido como su secretario ha levantado del trance de permanente. Parece que 28 meses que lo ha hecho desde el comienzo de su realizar que la violencia ministerio como el Ministro criminal sin embargo estaba de la Seguridad Nacional, se convirtiendo la situación en revelo que todo ere contrario una crisis que ahora necesita y que Carlos Perdomo era sin atención especial. El anuncio embargo incapaz para dirigir de un cambio de Gabinete el dicho ministerio. Todo este causo una sensación de tiempo Barrow ha volteado la anticipación ya que muchos cara a esa revelación. Y por creyeron que el cambio seria voltear la cara el crimen se para lo mejor. Sin embargo ha elevado el crimen a gran su movida esta semana para proporción. Las actividades dejar a muchos ministros por fuerzas policiales y por en sus lugares aunque ellos soldados han comprobado no tienen la capacilidad ha que no hay dirección y que Continuado en pagina 2


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Domingo, 6 de Junio, 2010

El Gobierno de México inicia la entrega de 40 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria en Guatemala • El apoyo se dará directamente a las poblaciones afectadas en coordinación con la CONRED • La asistencia proviene del Gobierno de México, del Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas y de la Cruz Roja Mexicana La Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) informa que en respuesta al llamado del Gobierno de Guatemala, para enfrentar la emergencia generada por la erupción del volcán de Pacaya y la tormenta Agatha, el Gobierno de México ha procedido al envío de dos helicópteros de la Secretaría de Marina Armada de México, a partir de hoy, a través de los cuales se entregará ayuda humanitaria. Como se informó, en los primeros momentos de la tormenta Agatha, el Presidente de Guatemala, Álvaro Colom, y el Presidente de México, Felipe Calderón, se comunicaron vía telefónica, con objeto de precisar la ayuda que nuestro país podría otorgar. La ayuda humanitaria consiste en 40 toneladas de víveres, los cuales han sido recolectados en México, por aportaciones del Gobierno Federal, del Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas y de la Cruz Roja Mexicana. La asistencia ha sido concentrada en el Aeropuerto de la ciudad de Tapachula, Chiapas, desde donde se distribuirá a diferentes puntos

de ese país a fin de que llegue directamente a las comunidades afectadas, de conformidad con lo que específicamente ha señalado la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres de Guatemala (CONRED). Para ello, los dos helicópteros realizarán 22 vuelos. Al respecto, se ha elaborado una ruta de entrega que incluye los departamentos de El Quiché, Sololá, Retalhuleu, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, Huehuetenango y San Marcos. La entrega se realiza en coordinación con funcionarios de la CONRED locales, así como con las autoridades de cada lugar. Las despensas contienen entre otros productos, harina de maíz, galletas, frijol, azúcar, sopas instantáneas y leche. El día de hoy, a las 16:00 horas aproximadamente, llegó el primer vuelo de la Armada de México, con tres toneladas de alimentos a la comunidad de Sacapulas, en el Departamento de Quiché. La ayuda fue entregada a la comunidad en presencia del Alcalde del lugar. Esta primera entrega se realizó en coordinación con la CONRED. El Gobierno de México reitera su disposición de mantener su ayuda y cooperación para coadyuvar en la emergencia que enfrentan nuestros hermanos guatemaltecos.

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dejado los beliceños con el mismo sentido de que no hay esperanza. La apuntación constitucional por el PM Barrow para dos mas personas en el Gabinete ha causado que sea el Gabinete más grande en la historia. Muchos están queriendo saber si el nombramiento de dos mas individuos en el Gabinete va trabajar por el mejoramiento del estado adonde se encuentra los beliceños. Aunque casi todo se podría esperar del sistema de gobierno de Dean Barrow adonde el elige a personas cercanas de el para servir en el gobierno, lo que nunca se espero fue el nombramiento de Doug Singh como el Ministro de Policía. Muchos creen que este poste es nomas otra recompensa para un fiel apoyador. Este nuevo apuntamiento que convierte a Doug Singh como el Ministro de Policía y Seguridad Publica, trae nada nuevo a la mesa. Doug Singh es dueño de un grupo de compañías por el nombre de BTALCO que incluye; Belice Engineering Co. LTD., Century 21 BTAL, FEDEX EXPRESS,

Onebin.com y Hooked on Belice. Años han pasado desde que ellos rindieron el negocio de Western Union después de que una investigación fue llevada por el periódico: ‘El Diario’ del El Salvador acusando a la compañía de lavado de dinero. Por la parte mayor las autoridades no vieron ninguna importancia a este asunto para iniciar cualquier investigación a este asunto. Doug Singh aspiro ser el candidato para el área de Freetown pero por un motivo u otro dio camino a Michael Peyrefitte quien luego perdió. La apuntación de BQ Pitts como Abogado General fue por parte de una recomendación del mismo Sedi Elrington que coincidentemente son socios y comparten la firma de abogados de Pitts and Elrington. Pitts es de ninguna manera una amenaza a Elrington y ahora se puede decir que son socios en el trabajo y también trabajando en el gobierno. Pitts es considerado ser un abogado que ya esta agotado con todo los años que han pasado. Los beliceños son los que pagan al fin del día, ahora tendremos que pagar aun mas en nuestros impuestos para soportar estos dos nuevos dos individuos que Barrow agrego en la maleta!


PAGINA 3

Domingo, 6 de Junio, 2010

NOTICIAS

REGIONAL, LATINO AMERICA, Mundo

Agatha deja 99 muertos por su paso Centroamericano

El anterior balance dado anoche por la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (Conred), había informado de 82 muertos y 54 desaparedidos. Alejandro Maldonado, secretario de la Conred, informó la mañana de este lunes que los desaparecidos continúan siendo 54 y mientras que 34 mil personas siguen refugiadas, a quienes ha sido complejo atender en los 97 albergues por los más de 30 bloqueos en las carreteras del país. Hasta esta mañana tampoco se ha podido utilizar el transporte aéreo para trasladar la ayuda humanitaria debido al mal tiempo. El aeropuerto continúa cerrado debido a la acumulación de arena lanzada el pasado jueves por la erupción del Volcán de Pacaya, pero ayer empezaron a llegar y despegar aeronaves de hélice y helicópteros. Las autoridades detectan los puntos más vulnerables en Pastores, Sacatepéquez, en la Ciudad de Chimaltenango; Patutul, Suchitepéquez; Moyuta, Jutiapa; Sacapulas, Chichicastenango y Pachalúm, Quiché; San Lucas Tolimán y la cabecera de Sololá; Champerico, Retalhuleu, y los departamentos de San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango y Totonicapán. Ayuda. Durante el día se informará dónde se habilitarán centros de acopio de ayuda humanitaria, que podrían ser tres por departamento, informó la Conred.Los alimentos que más se necesitan son maíz, frijol, maseca, agua pura, sopas instantáneas, pañales y toallas sanitarias. Evacúan por aire a gente hallada en techos por inundaciones en Izabal Pobladores que pasaron la noche en los techos de sus viviendas en unas ocho comunidades y aldeas de Los Amates, Izabal, están siendo evacuadas mediante un puente aéreo. Un corresponsal de este diario observó que tres helicópteros salen de la finca Seniola para rescatar a los damnificados en esas comunidades productoras de banano. No llueve, el cielo está despejado y el sol es radiante, lo cual es favorable para la navegación aérea, pero a la vez es un problema para los afectados, ya que las láminas se calientan y no tienen cómo protegerse. En las próximas horas se instalará otro puente para rescatar a personas atrapadas en comunidades del municipio de Morales. El último reporte oficial de la emergencia por la tormenta Ágatha eleva a 92 el número de personas fallecidas, 54 desaparecidas, 34 mil

albergadas y más de 30 obstrucciones en carreteras. Catorce muertos por paso de Ágatha en Honduras Catorce personas muertas dejaba hasta la mañana de este lunes el paso de la tormenta Ágatha, degradada a sistema de baja presión, según la estatal Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (Copeco). Un cuadro estadístico del organismo que coordina a todos los entes de socorro detalló que las secuelas del fenómeno son 14 muertos, un desaparecido, 3 mil 227 evacuados, 235 damnificados y 3 mil 168 albergados. Asimismo, 665 viviendas quedaron dañadas y 63 destruidas, 37 vías y 6 puentes y vados sufrieron daños, 11 puentes quedaron destruidos, cinco escuelas y dos edificios públicos quedaron dañadas. En total resultaron afectadas 328 comunidades de 82 de los 298 municipios de 14 de los 18 departamentos del país. Hasta la medianoche del domingo recién pasado las autoridades de Copeco contabilizaban diez muertos pero confirmaron otros cuatro la mañana de este lunes. En la capital, aparecía el sol pero la tormenta dejaba gigante poza por el desbordamiento del río Choluteca que estuvo a punto de cubrir completamente los puentes que dividen a Tegucigalpa y Comayaguela, las dos ciudades que forman la capital, con más de un millón de habitantes. También en la capital el aeropuerto internacional Toncontín permanecía cerrado y el ministerio de Educación suspendió las clases en todos los niveles educativos. Efectivos de las Fuerzas Armadas con decenas de vehículos se aglomeraban en el campo de parada Marte, 5 km al oeste de ciudad, para desplegarse con maquinarias para limpiar las áreas donde quedaban toneladas de lodo que dejaron las crecidas del río. A pesar de que la lluvia había cedido y que el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) pronosticaba mejor clima, Copeco mantenía las alertas roja en la capital y los departamentos de Cortés (norte) y Choluteca y Valle (sur) , verde en los seis departamentos del este y amarilla en siete del oeste.

Santos y Mockus disputarán la Presidencia en segunda vuelta Estos resultados contrastan con las encuestas de intención de voto que otorgaron en las últimas semanas un empate técnico a Santos y Mockus, cuando finalmente el oficialista y delfín del presidente lvaro Uribe superó hoy en 25 puntos al candidato del Partido Verde. Con el 99.71 por ciento de la mesas escrutadas, la Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil informó además de que Santos arrasó en 31 de los 32 departamentos del país, mientras que Mockus sólo le superó en el selvático Putumayo, en el recóndito sur de Colombia. A Santos y Mockus les siguieron el candidato de Cambio Radical Germán Vargas Lleras, con un 10.13 por ciento; el izquierdista Gustavo Petro, del Polo Alternativo Democrático (PDA), con un 9.16 por ciento; la conservadora Noemí Sanín, con un 6.14; y el liberal Rafael Pardo, con un 4.38 por ciento. Estos datos demuestran además el rotundo fracaso de las formaciones políticas tradicionales: el Partido Conservador, representado por la ex canciller Sanín, y el Partido Liberal, al frente del también ex ministro de Defensa Rafael Pardo, quien presentó un programa estructurado pero se quedó en la cola. Los colombianos que votaron a estos candidatos serán, sin embargo, determinantes en la segunda vuelta electoral, ya que el sucesor de Uribe surgirá de los apoyos que reciba de éstos.Si bien los votos del izquierdista Petro se descuenta que irán a Mockus o a la abstención, no está claro a donde se dirigirán los de los conservadores, liberales y los de Cambio Radical. Vargas Lleras, el tercer candidato más votado, señaló que la junta de parlamentarios de Cambio Radical determinará esta semana si apoyará públicamente a uno de los dos aspirantes el 20 de junio. Pardo, por su lado, dio libertad a sus seguidores para que apoyen al candidato que prefieran.

La jornada electoral en Colombia se desarrolló en un ambiente de tranquilidad, con algunos incidentes protagonizados por la guerrilla y por combates militares en zonas aisladas. La abstención fue del 51 por ciento, una tasa similar a las registradas históricamente en este país, pese a que los analistas vaticinaban que iba a cambiar la tendencia e iba a ser mayor. Pero la gran sorpresa fue, sin duda, el raso apoyo que los colombianos dieron a Mockus tras una campaña en la que el candidato verde se convirtió en un gran fenómeno al subir de forma fulminante en los sondeos y contar con un fuerte respaldo de las redes sociales de internet. En su primera aparición pública tras conocer los resultados, Mockus llamó a sus seguidores a ser “lo suficientemente innovativos” para alcanzar la victoria definitiva el 20 de junio. El ex alcalde de Bogotá reconoció que hoy “se ha logrado una meta que parecía imposible hace unos meses”, al considerar que en la segunda vuelta tendrán la oportunidad “de avanzar hacia una profunda transformación cultural que libre al país de la violencia, el narcotráfico y el clientelismo”, así como de la “desigualdad extrema”. Mockus animó a sus seguidores a ser los “suficientemente innovativos” para que la “marea verde de esperanza” se consolide en la segunda vuelta. Por su lado, Santos, entrada la noche, no había realizado una declaración pública. En cualquier caso los colombianos decidieron hoy que la sucesión de Uribe se definirá entre Santos y Mockus después de que la Corte Constitucional impidiera al actual presidente, que dejará el poder el 7 de agosto próximo con una popularidad cercana al 75 por ciento, optar a una segunda reelección. Al término de la jornada electoral, Uribe dijo que Colombia recuperó hoy la libertad política que estuvo “secuestrada”, y agradeció a las Fuerzas Armadas y a los ciudadanos su labor para que el proceso concluyera en paz.


PAGINA 4

DPM Gaspar Vega Posture with Taiwan’s President Ma

Domingo, 6 de Junio, 2010

TU

HOROSCOPO SEMANAL

Aries 21 Marzo-19 Abril

El tránsito de Venus por tu signo es excelente para aumentar tus recursos personales. Refleja una etapa favorable para conquistar nuevos objetivos, tanto de tipo personal como sentimental. Ahora tienes más seguridad a la hora de actuar. Tus relaciones te pueden abrir nuevas perspectivas. Es una buena etapa para todo lo relacionado con la capacidad de materializar tus propias ideas en materia de amor. Indica una doble sesión de vitalidad. Revela un periodo de buena suerte, de colocar las cosas en su sitio, de tener que vivir experiencias que te reporten felicidad.

Tauro 20 Abril-20 Mayo

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa doce indica que vives un momento de gran actividad creativa. Refleja la posibilidad de que le dediques más tiempo a la introspección. Tus experiencias sentimentales del pasado van a ser objeto de revisión y quizá te aporten datos que te aclaren muchas dudas. Desde el punto de vista de la salud es el momento de decir adiós a un ciclo y entrar en un proceso nuevo de transformación que se puede materializar un poco más adelante.

Gémini 21 Mayo-21 Junio

Venus transitando por tu casa once indica un incremento en todo lo relacionado con tus actividades sociales y con tu sentido lúdico de la vida. Refleja que vas a vivir una etapa de mucho trato con la gente, de tener nuevas experiencias y a la vez de aprender gracias a esos contactos. Vas a tener una mayor capacidad comunicativa, lo que te hará sentirte mejor y te dará más éxito con los demás. Vas a mezclar la amistad en todo tipo de actividades, desde las comerciales hasta las románticas.

Cáncer 22 Junio-22 Julio

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa diez refleja que una nueva filosofía de vida toma cuerpo en tus esquemas profesionales provocando cambios en tu vida exterior. Con seguridad las circunstancias cambian para que puedas demostrar la capacidad que tienes de hacer las cosas con éxito y autonomía. Llega un periodo muy constructivo para tus intereses. Indica nuevas oportunidades para progresar en tus metas profesionales, e igualmente es posible que recibas ayudas ya sea de forma directa o indirecta.

Leo 23 Julio-22 Agosto

Belize’s DPM Gaspar Vega is really living fat off the hog while a growing number of Belizeans are starving and living below the poverty level. Gapi was forced to cancel his initial schedule trip to Taiwan sometime in August last year because of Typhoon Morakot that stormed the southern and eastern part of Taiwan but this year however; the DPM took off with his wife on a pleasure trip for the weekend leading into 24th May Commonwealth Day weekend. The lavish cost of travelling to Taiwan by the Vega’s will be paid by the Belizean tax payers who are living in misery under this government. Vega rose to prominence after he financed the UDP when in Opposition from questionable proceeds that derived from his line of business which is trading in commerce among other things under the radar screen. Prior to the 2008 general elections he was accused of being a ‘Contrabandista’ or dealing in commerce smuggled from across the Mexican border. Life certainly changed for his after the elections when he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources which is actually the Ministry of Lands. As he came to power, he closed down the entire Lands Department with the excuse of putting a system in order but what he has done is to take away fertile, costly land from persons who acquired their parcel prior to the election and he is laughing all the way to the bank rendering it to his close relatives and cronies. He drive a late model Lexus which cost the Belizean people over a hundred thousand dollars. This kind of abuse comes at a time when the local economy is in shambles thanks to their shortsightedness.

El tránsito de Venus por tu c asa nueve marc a un periodo donde adquieres nuevos enfoques respecto a lo que tienes que hacer c on tu vida. Diversas opciones de funcionamiento aparecen para ampliar tus horizontes. Indic a una etapa donde es necesario salir y ver el mundo. Es un tránsito excelente para aumentar tus objetivos personales a través de los viajes. Ref leja una fase expansiva donde se amplía la inf luencia de tus ideas.

Virgo 23 Agosto-22 Septiembre

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa ocho indica un periodo para profundizar en tus asuntos más importantes y reflexionar en cuanto a tus excesos y tus carencias. Igualmente deberías hacer un balance o repaso de lo que ha sido tu vida, tanto emocional como material en los últimos meses. Te aconseja que cuides tus emociones y administres tu energía de forma adecuada, sin ningún tipo de derroche. Ahora puedes crear un ambiente muy placentero a tu alrededor disfrutando de tus relaciones más cercanas.

Libra 23 Septiembre-22 Octubre

Venus transitando por tu casa siete indica que va a ver mucho movimiento en torno a tu pareja, a tus socios, a tus compromisos adquiridos en forma de contrato, o a todo lo que tenga que ver con tus relaciones con lo demás. Tu energía a la hora de llevar a cabo tus proyectos personales se va a potenciar. Refleja cambios positivos en la forma de entender tus relaciones. Igualmente es un tránsito idóneo para aportar nuevas propuestas, tanto sentimentales.

Escorpio 23 Octubre-21 Noviembre

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa seis te abre nuevas vías para lograr tus objetivos laborales. Tu propio trabajo te puede aportar experiencias muy interesantes. La suerte está contigo pero olvídate de mantener una actitud pasiva o de esperar a que las cosas te lleguen sin esfuerzo. Vas a tener que ser más dinámico. Indica relaciones armoniosas y más actividad social relacionada con el trabajo. Quizá sea el momento oportuno para proyectarte.

Sagitario 22 Noviemre-21 Diciembre

Venus transitando por tu casa cinco indica un periodo de grandes expectativas y avances, tanto en el terreno personal como en el del amor. Vives una racha llena de ilusiones. Revela un aumento de tu confianza personal, especialmente en lo referente a tu vida amorosa, pero también en tus actividades creativas. Los desafíos sentimentales que vivas durante las próximas semanas darán sus frutos. Indica que cualquier actividad social que tengas te puede abrir una excelente racha para el amor.

Capricornio 22 Diciembre-19 Enero

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa cuatro indica que puedes tener oportunidades para involucrarte en actividades comerciales relacionadas con inmuebles o propiedades. Refleja que empieza una etapa positiva en asuntos de hogar, vivienda y familia, e igualmente influye en tu ámbito emocional más íntimo. Quizá tengas que hacer un camino de más responsabilidad personal, aunque en cualquier caso vives un momento maravilloso para lograr un crecimiento interno.

Acuario 20 Enero-18 Febrero

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa tres indica que puedes vivir una expansión considerable en tu vida social. Puedes hacer más viajes cortos que habitualmente conociendo a diferentes personas. Indica que tu mente se reactiva. Refleja que durante varias semanas puedes expresarte de un modo más claro y concreto. Es probable que durante esta época tomes decisiones importantes o formules nuevas estrategias y planes para el futuro. Aprovecha este periodo para llevar hacia adelante cualquier proyecto personal.

Piscis 19 Febrero-20 Marzo

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa dos indica una etapa donde se consolidan tus pretensiones financieras. Vives un momento favorable para sacar tus mejores cualidades en el ámbito profesional. Indica cambios en todo lo relacionado con la economía. Revela una etapa fecunda para tener ideas originales que adquieran valor con el paso del tiempo. Quizá sea ahora cuando puedas desarrollar nuevos proyectos y planteamientos que te permitan avanzar económicamente

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PAGINA 4

DPM Gaspar Vega Posture with Taiwan’s President Ma

Domingo, 6 de Junio, 2010

TU

HOROSCOPO SEMANAL

Aries 21 Marzo-19 Abril

El tránsito de Venus por tu signo es excelente para aumentar tus recursos personales. Refleja una etapa favorable para conquistar nuevos objetivos, tanto de tipo personal como sentimental. Ahora tienes más seguridad a la hora de actuar. Tus relaciones te pueden abrir nuevas perspectivas. Es una buena etapa para todo lo relacionado con la capacidad de materializar tus propias ideas en materia de amor. Indica una doble sesión de vitalidad. Revela un periodo de buena suerte, de colocar las cosas en su sitio, de tener que vivir experiencias que te reporten felicidad.

Tauro 20 Abril-20 Mayo

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa doce indica que vives un momento de gran actividad creativa. Refleja la posibilidad de que le dediques más tiempo a la introspección. Tus experiencias sentimentales del pasado van a ser objeto de revisión y quizá te aporten datos que te aclaren muchas dudas. Desde el punto de vista de la salud es el momento de decir adiós a un ciclo y entrar en un proceso nuevo de transformación que se puede materializar un poco más adelante.

Gémini 21 Mayo-21 Junio

Venus transitando por tu casa once indica un incremento en todo lo relacionado con tus actividades sociales y con tu sentido lúdico de la vida. Refleja que vas a vivir una etapa de mucho trato con la gente, de tener nuevas experiencias y a la vez de aprender gracias a esos contactos. Vas a tener una mayor capacidad comunicativa, lo que te hará sentirte mejor y te dará más éxito con los demás. Vas a mezclar la amistad en todo tipo de actividades, desde las comerciales hasta las románticas.

Cáncer 22 Junio-22 Julio

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa diez refleja que una nueva filosofía de vida toma cuerpo en tus esquemas profesionales provocando cambios en tu vida exterior. Con seguridad las circunstancias cambian para que puedas demostrar la capacidad que tienes de hacer las cosas con éxito y autonomía. Llega un periodo muy constructivo para tus intereses. Indica nuevas oportunidades para progresar en tus metas profesionales, e igualmente es posible que recibas ayudas ya sea de forma directa o indirecta.

Leo 23 Julio-22 Agosto

Belize’s DPM Gaspar Vega is really living fat off the hog while a growing number of Belizeans are starving and living below the poverty level. Gapi was forced to cancel his initial schedule trip to Taiwan sometime in August last year because of Typhoon Morakot that stormed the southern and eastern part of Taiwan but this year however; the DPM took off with his wife on a pleasure trip for the weekend leading into 24th May Commonwealth Day weekend. The lavish cost of travelling to Taiwan by the Vega’s will be paid by the Belizean tax payers who are living in misery under this government. Vega rose to prominence after he financed the UDP when in Opposition from questionable proceeds that derived from his line of business which is trading in commerce among other things under the radar screen. Prior to the 2008 general elections he was accused of being a ‘Contrabandista’ or dealing in commerce smuggled from across the Mexican border. Life certainly changed for his after the elections when he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources which is actually the Ministry of Lands. As he came to power, he closed down the entire Lands Department with the excuse of putting a system in order but what he has done is to take away fertile, costly land from persons who acquired their parcel prior to the election and he is laughing all the way to the bank rendering it to his close relatives and cronies. He drive a late model Lexus which cost the Belizean people over a hundred thousand dollars. This kind of abuse comes at a time when the local economy is in shambles thanks to their shortsightedness.

El tránsito de Venus por tu c asa nueve marc a un periodo donde adquieres nuevos enfoques respecto a lo que tienes que hacer c on tu vida. Diversas opciones de funcionamiento aparecen para ampliar tus horizontes. Indic a una etapa donde es necesario salir y ver el mundo. Es un tránsito excelente para aumentar tus objetivos personales a través de los viajes. Ref leja una fase expansiva donde se amplía la inf luencia de tus ideas.

Virgo 23 Agosto-22 Septiembre

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa ocho indica un periodo para profundizar en tus asuntos más importantes y reflexionar en cuanto a tus excesos y tus carencias. Igualmente deberías hacer un balance o repaso de lo que ha sido tu vida, tanto emocional como material en los últimos meses. Te aconseja que cuides tus emociones y administres tu energía de forma adecuada, sin ningún tipo de derroche. Ahora puedes crear un ambiente muy placentero a tu alrededor disfrutando de tus relaciones más cercanas.

Libra 23 Septiembre-22 Octubre

Venus transitando por tu casa siete indica que va a ver mucho movimiento en torno a tu pareja, a tus socios, a tus compromisos adquiridos en forma de contrato, o a todo lo que tenga que ver con tus relaciones con lo demás. Tu energía a la hora de llevar a cabo tus proyectos personales se va a potenciar. Refleja cambios positivos en la forma de entender tus relaciones. Igualmente es un tránsito idóneo para aportar nuevas propuestas, tanto sentimentales.

Escorpio 23 Octubre-21 Noviembre

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa seis te abre nuevas vías para lograr tus objetivos laborales. Tu propio trabajo te puede aportar experiencias muy interesantes. La suerte está contigo pero olvídate de mantener una actitud pasiva o de esperar a que las cosas te lleguen sin esfuerzo. Vas a tener que ser más dinámico. Indica relaciones armoniosas y más actividad social relacionada con el trabajo. Quizá sea el momento oportuno para proyectarte.

Sagitario 22 Noviemre-21 Diciembre

Venus transitando por tu casa cinco indica un periodo de grandes expectativas y avances, tanto en el terreno personal como en el del amor. Vives una racha llena de ilusiones. Revela un aumento de tu confianza personal, especialmente en lo referente a tu vida amorosa, pero también en tus actividades creativas. Los desafíos sentimentales que vivas durante las próximas semanas darán sus frutos. Indica que cualquier actividad social que tengas te puede abrir una excelente racha para el amor.

Capricornio 22 Diciembre-19 Enero

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa cuatro indica que puedes tener oportunidades para involucrarte en actividades comerciales relacionadas con inmuebles o propiedades. Refleja que empieza una etapa positiva en asuntos de hogar, vivienda y familia, e igualmente influye en tu ámbito emocional más íntimo. Quizá tengas que hacer un camino de más responsabilidad personal, aunque en cualquier caso vives un momento maravilloso para lograr un crecimiento interno.

Acuario 20 Enero-18 Febrero

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa tres indica que puedes vivir una expansión considerable en tu vida social. Puedes hacer más viajes cortos que habitualmente conociendo a diferentes personas. Indica que tu mente se reactiva. Refleja que durante varias semanas puedes expresarte de un modo más claro y concreto. Es probable que durante esta época tomes decisiones importantes o formules nuevas estrategias y planes para el futuro. Aprovecha este periodo para llevar hacia adelante cualquier proyecto personal.

Piscis 19 Febrero-20 Marzo

El tránsito de Venus por tu casa dos indica una etapa donde se consolidan tus pretensiones financieras. Vives un momento favorable para sacar tus mejores cualidades en el ámbito profesional. Indica cambios en todo lo relacionado con la economía. Revela una etapa fecunda para tener ideas originales que adquieran valor con el paso del tiempo. Quizá sea ahora cuando puedas desarrollar nuevos proyectos y planteamientos que te permitan avanzar económicamente

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National Perspective June 6, 2010  

National Perspective June 6, 2010

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