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November 21th , 2010
Planes landing like flies!!! Where is the missing money? Belize City, Wed. Nov. 18
Where’s the money? The focus of speculation on last week’s sensational multi-million drug haul today turned on persistent reports that BDF special forces may have conﬁscated almost US$100,000 in cash from 4 police and customs ofﬁcers detained at a check point on the Southern Highway just 23 miles from a downed Beechcraft twin engine turbo plane and who are suspected to have hand in the sudeen appearance of 80 bales and 17 two kilo parcels of cocaine. According to the ofﬁcial police report released to the media on Monday; “On Saturday 13th of November 2010 about 2:00am, Independence Police (ISF) received information of an aircraft suspected to have landed some-
where in Bladden Village. As a result ISF police proceeded to the area where a white van was seen coming through the area , where with the assistance of Belize Special Assignment Group (B-SAG) the van was intercepted at the San Juan Bus Stop. On board the van were the following persons. (1) Driver was Renel Grant 33yrs, Corporal of Police attached to Trafﬁc Branch in Belize City; (2) Nelson Middleton 39yrs Corporal of Police and Driver assigned to the Govenor General and resident of Camalote Village; (3) Lawrence Humes 38yrs, Sergeant of Police presently attach to Belmopan Police Station of #2 Grapefruit Street in Belmopan; (4) Jacinto Roches 42yrs Sergeant of Police attached to the Internal Affairs Desk Belmopan and a resident of #22 Tangerine Street Belmopan and (5) Harold Usher 36yrs Boatman at Customs Department of a Finca Solana address in Corozal
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Judicial Review: Who will be Belize’s next Chief Justice?
Belize City, Wed. Nov. 17
The news that Justice Oswell Legall was in an accident Monday evening while driving himself home again brought back the spotlight to the disarray that has now become characteristic of the Belize judiciary. More often that not, certainly far too much for anyone’s liking, the spotlight returns not for what transpires within courtrooms and chambers, but in ofﬁces and other forums, and because of functions and speeches by others, that are no submissions or judgments. The contretremps’ were also center stage last Friday in a meeting
of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly building in the nation’s capital. Former Attorney General Hon. Francis Fonseca speaking on the adjournment charged the Barrow Administration with bringing the judiciary into disarray and disrepute. Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow reacted defensively and may even have given more credence to the perception when he accused the entire Bar Association of Belize of being “partisan,” before grudgingly conceded that perhaps he would consult with some of its senior members on the persons being considered to ﬁll the gaping holes his policies and disappointments had created. The simple salient fact is that the Belize bench has lost four of its highest ranking and most experienced justices in just the last 8 months, and three of those were men who did not go quietly into the good night. And there is also the matter of
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The Bar chastises Barrow
seca, speaking on the adjournment of the House of Representatives meeting at the National Assembly in Belmopan last Friday, Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow emotional defended his handling of the high court appointments and disappointments by accusing the Belize Bar Association of being “PUP.” In his peroration Fonseca told the House and nation that Barrow’s actions had eroded the Judiciary and undermined the rule of law in Belize. He concluded: “The question is why, why, what was Dr. Conteh’s grave sin? But that Mr. Speaker is where we are today in Belize under the UDP, it’s with me or against me, my agenda and only my agenda, no room for discussion, no room for Jacqueline Marshalleck consultation, opposing views are Belize Bar Association President met with petty personal attacks Belize City, Mon. Nov. 15 from all governments’ assets and In reply to criticism by former Atall the governments’ organs and torney General Hon. Francis Fon-
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November 21th , 2010
PM and Central Bank Governor at war?
No doubt the narcotic business is big business. The street value of most of the bust by the Police is more than 50% the annual budget of the country of Belize. With that amount of money available there is no wonder many are tempted to be involved. The temptation is so great that persons with long reputable careers risk it all to make that quick large buck that the drug trade offers. On the weekend, a large multi-million dollar plane landed on the main thorough fare who links the south with the rest of the country with multi-million dollar cargo, cocaine. This plane was an unusually large plane when compared to other planes that have been conﬁscated in the past drug bust or discovery. This is signiﬁcant because it could mean that the amount of cargo was more than usual. The police found approximately ninety packets of the substance that was hidden in nearby bushes. This could have been only a fraction of the haul that was on the plane. The questions that arise are many. Close to the landing area, the edges of the road were cut to allow for the size of the plane. Fortunately, for the police the plane hit a tree that may have been too big to remove and damaged the wing, thus the plane could not take off. However, all that debris clearing activity in plain view didn’t trigger any concerns for Police? From all the reports, the plane was not intercepted but was discovered because it blocked the road and trafﬁc was unable to follow. Many on the street claim that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was the entity that tipped of the police. However, many believe that there is no way the plane would have been caught if the wing did not get damaged when it landed. All this is happening under the United Democratic (UDP) government that has been impotent on crime so much that they had to remove Carlos Perdomo as Minister of National Security by splitting the ministry and giving half to Douglas Singh. Nothing has changed since Douglas Singh has taken over the Police Department. What Singh has done is demoralize the Police Department tremendously by calling them “big belly” and corrupt. In addition he got into a ﬁght with Marie Lewis a prominent Belizean on the Southside of Belize City. From that it has been downhill for Singh that he has been asked to limit his interviews because he gets into public
relation problems. So the criminal reigns supreme in the streets of Belize, drug planes are landing at will, human trafﬁcking is happening at will by the plane full and the UDP government is either corporative or incompetent to curve or stop any of these happenings. Instead the UDP government is living in the past by spending half of the House of Representatives sitting on Friday to talk about when the People’s United Party (PUP) was in government and the other half of the time chastising the Bar Association. We believe that for years the Bar Association has been anti the PUP government. Senior Counsel Lois Young Barrow, a prominent, member of the Bar Association was allowed by the Bar Association to attack the PUP government 20032008 and is now being rewarded with appointments to all the lucrative posts and legal cases for the government without the Bar Association condemning the perceived incestuous acts of the present UDP government. Many believe the Bar Association is in bed with the Dean Barrow government so when the Prime Minister called them “hypocrites and frauds” every layman in Belize applauded. The Bar Association was royally spanked like a little rude child on Friday. On Monday, they came out whimpering with a weak press release. One would assume that the prominent UDP attorney Michael Young endorsed the Monday press release, a release which feebly tried to chastise the Prime Minister. In Creole term “that good ﬁ the Bar Association”, they have been ﬂying high under the radar playing games with the UDP, now they got their butt kicked royally by Barrow, and now they know they cannot trust Dean Barrow, and now they are whispering that he must go. Every member of the Bar Association is considered wealthy and living of the misery of Belizeans, including the Prime Minister’s ex-wife, who is collecting tax payers money with frequency. People see lawyers as a necessary evil that society spawned. They give no beneﬁt back to the community and the Prime Minister is from that same clan. So it is no secret why the Belize economy is dying. The economy is dying because a “vulture” was elected to run the country that has to wait for everything to die before eating and the same goes for the Bar. OPEN YOUR EYES THE PEOPLE ARE AWAKE!!!
Conﬁdential Sources have revealed to the National Perspective that there is growing discontent and a wide rift building between Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow and his Chief Financial Analyst and advisor Glenford Ysaguirre, who is also the handpicked Governor of the Central Bank. Our sources tell us that Prime Minister Barrow’s other highly paid Financial Advisors, including Allan Slusher and Dr Carla Barnett are upset and disappointed at Glenford Ysaguirre’s erroneous calculations and predictions on the effects of the recession on the local economy which, in effect, has misguided the Prime Minister, who has caused a backlash because the Prime Minister to have shifted positions publicly on various occasions regarding the economy. More over, my source reveals that the Central Bank is showing negative return for the last quarter and will
certainly show a deﬁcit for the next quarter. This means that the Central Bank is losing money Our unconﬁrmed sources tell us that there is a rift between Ysaguirre and the so-called ﬁnancial gurus of the PM who are building pressure for Barrow to get rid of him. While on the Central Bank our source also reported that the cost for banking licenses will increase by a huge amount and bankers are so deeply upset that they have requested an urgent meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank to discuss this matter. It is obvious that the pressures are mounting for the Prime Minister as Minister of Finance to get this economy moving so that the productive sectors could get back on track. The PM and his ﬁnancial advisors seems at a loss to bring about any change for the better. Talking about the blind leading the blind, this is a perfect example.
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November 21th , 2010
Terrorists may have used Belize’s human trafficking ring
Belize City, Wed. Nov. 17 In his latest exposé broadcast last night, Channel 5’s ace investigative reporter Jose Sanchez revealed that Chinese, Sri Lankan and Somalians made their way to Belize as part of the recently exposed international human trafficking ring. The report says that when a Ghanaian national, thirty-six year old Lester Wugah, was found with an Ethiopian Passport that belonged to Alavar Demissie Dibaba earlier this year on February second, the “incident generally fell under the radar but being in possession of another person’s passport without justifiable reason is a criminal offense. The court prosecutor could offer no evidence against him and the matter was struck out on June second. During the brief court appearances
of Lester Wugah, the prosecutor pointed out that he should not have been given bail because he was a person of interest in another investigation. That investigation involved human trafficking of Africans to the United States of America.” The report then noted that “Six men: Hadi Shariff Abdi, Abdi Kadir Warsame Hirsi, Ahmed Mohamed Shire, Mustaf Mahad Ali, Ahmed Mohamed Hussain and Mahamed Mahamud Cabdule, were all detained under suspicion after they arrived at the PGIA during the Wugah court appearances. During the investigation they confessed that not only were their names in the passports were fake, but they were not Kenyans either. They were in fact nationals of Somalia.” According to the report Somalians travel from their country to Kenya, pay US$500 for a Kenyan passport with a new identity, and then are given expensive suits to fly to Dubai. Sanchez told a nationwide audience: “In that nation, they then catch a connecting flight that takes them across Europe to Moscow. On each leg, agents wire them money
to continue on the journey. At Moscow they then take a long flight to Havana, Cuba where they are issued single entry visas to visit Belize. From Belize they would then disappear across Mexico’s border and reappear with new identities in America. However, this group of six was arrested and while being questioned, the Somalis indicated that they pay five hundred U.S. for visas in most countries. The agents that arrange their accommodations and travel also get paid one thousand U.S. dollars.” Incredibly Sanchez reports, “And even though an informant and the Somalis identified their contact in Belize, the Immigration Department did not press any charges.” They were instead deported to Cuba. Even more unbelievably, Sanchez alleges that “six more additional photos of Kenyan passports believed to be Somalis were found on devices allegedly related to Wugah. Phone numbers for Immigration Officers were also found on Wugah’s phone.” The plethora of physical evidence points to several figures in Belize, including a prominent Chinese businessman in Belmopan who has been rumoured to be involved in human trafficking through Belize for some time. Inexplicably Prime Minister Barrow alluded as much in
two broadcast interviews last week, but to date the Chinese businessman has never been detained and questioned by Belize authorities who were supposed to have investigated the latest immigration human trafficking scandal. The Channel 5 reports points out that Somalia is considered a state that sponsors terrorism, and poor Somalians could only be paying for expensive visas, suits, flights and other facilitations if they are being sponsored, quite likely by terrorist patrons. Incredibly the Barrow administration continues to stand by Immigration Minister Carlos Perdomo. However, a late breaking news story at news time tonight is that Gareth Murillo, who was appointed Director of Immigration in 2006, was told yesterday that he is being removed and sent to head the Transport Department, and career public officer Ruth Meighan will move over from Transport to head the now scandal ridden Immigration Department. Meighan has just been moved from her post as the Director of the Elections and Boundaries Department less than four months ago, reportedly at the request of UDP activist Alberto August, who was appointed Chairman of the Election and Boundaries Commission.
November 21th , 2010
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while the judiciary and the rule of law Mr. Speaker are being undermined, we had just had our 112th murder including a record number of minors being killed in Belize today. So Mr. Speaker our message is stop interfering with the judiciary, Mr. Prime Minister. To quote a distinguished senior counsel, stop trying to shape the judiciary in your image and likeness; get on with the business of protecting the citizens of Belize from crime and violence. Leave the judiciary alone.” As he had predicted Barrow immediately rose and launched a highly emotional and personal attack not only on his political opponent, but also inexplicably vituperatively attacked the Bar Association, presumably for daring to ﬁle a constitutional challenge to his decision to change the terms and reference of the appointment of two justices of the Belize Court of Appeal. Barrow told the House: “The bar association is P.U.P. the vast majority of the members of the bar are partisan, that association is P.U.P. Did you ever hear the bar association and it has been so for a number of years. You were the government for years and years and you use to send your people to study and that is how the numbers became so lopsided. When all that was happening was taking place under your administration, when you were doing things like stealing money to pay the private debt of Universal, when you signed guarantees that were secret and illegal which you witnessed Mister member for Freetown and when these things eventually came to light and the entire society revolted against it, did you hear the bar Association make one statement with respect to what was happening? Because it is an association controlled by the People’s United Party.”
It should be noted for the record that this is the second time that Barrow has condemned members of the Bar as being in the employ of his enemies, even though his niece and one of the executive members of his political party are members of the Bar’s current executive committee. In a press release issued today (see page 11) the Belize Bar Association condemned in what it says are in the strongest possible terms the very public and unwarranted attacks upon the Association launched by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the House of Representatives last Friday. The association said that Barrow “obviously sought to put political labels on and personalize the reasoned position of the Association, with a view to inﬂame and incite his supporters and thereby avoid the manifest need to address in a sober and rational way the very serious allegation that the Honourable Prime Minister has sought to undermine the rule of law through unwarranted and unjustiﬁed interference with persons holding high judicial ofﬁce.” The release concludes with the Bar Association reminding Mr. Barrow that, “as Prime Minister, he was elected to govern and serve all the people of Belize. The Association wishes to further publicly bring to the attention of the Prime Minister that in accordance with the Legal Profession (Code of Conduct) Rules he, as a member of the profession, is legally obliged to maintain the honour and dignity of the legal profession and shall refrain from conduct which is detrimental to the profession or which may tend to discredit it. As an attorney, he is further clearly prohibited by those Rules from engaging in undigniﬁed or discourteous conduct which is degrading to his profession.”
Espejo calls out Perdomo Political Student challenges the Teacher
The challenge is on and the gloves are off and the bout will be played out on December 5th where freshman councillor Roger Espejo will seek to dethrone veteran incumbent politician Carlos Perdomo as the standard bearer for the Caribbean Shores Area in the forthcoming elections schedule for 2013 but just might be held much earlier. Everybody knows that Carlos Perdomo is politically dead as a politician especially after the gross incompetence he has demonstrated as Minister of National Security and his inability to present a tangible strategy to curb crime and reestablish an atmosphere of public safety and tranquillity among the populace. Espejo who has been campaigning in the area for the upcoming political convention has admitted the intransigence of Perdomo and has promised to be much different from his once political idol. Just two weeks ago when it was leaked out that Espejo was on a dry run campain for the Convention, Perdomo told the press that Espejo reneged from an earlier promise that he will not be
seeking to compete against Perdomo who was expecting a Convention to endorse him to continue as standard bearer but the factions in the higher echelons of the UDP won’t take that gamble and they are supporting Espejo to dethrone Perdomo. Espejo said publicly this week that from the onset of getting into municipal politics, he always had his eyes on the big prize which is national politics. Espejo said that Perdomo had told him that he was still inexperience but also pushed back responding that he brings little political baggage compared to Perdomo. Espejo boasted that he bring new ideas, work ethics and good old fashion clean governance hinting that what he has is more that what the incumbent has demonstrated. There is the fear that Travellers will be ﬂooding the area with free liquor and blue notes to favour and ensure that the familia stays where they need him, in government. The UDP political theatrics will be played out at the Trinity Methodist School in Caribbean Shores so, we just got to wait and see.
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Offshore Belize medical college accused of fraud
Belize City, Wed. Nov. 17
An institution known as American Global University School of Medicine (AGUSM) is being accused of allegedly selling grades and transcripts to persons purporting to be students who have never attended AGUSM or any other medical school. An unsigned letter circulated to the Belize media this week alleges that a ﬁctional character using the name
Sergio Raul Mendez paid BZ$5,935, and a BZ$900 to AGUSM and received an ofﬁcial transcript attesting that he had completed 3 semesters of relevant medical course work, a total of 84 credits, even though he never set foot on their Belize campus located in a building on Dry Creek Street, Belmopan. The letter addressed to the General Medical Council of the United King-
dom, also alleges that there “is also a large group of students who had formerly attended AGU and did not want to purchase transcripts and in turn has become victims of corruption schemes.” The letter further alleges that “Furthermore Malik Soudah and his brother collaborated in collecting funds from foreign students under the name of a falsiﬁed medical school Curasow upon after collecting the students’ fees, they sent them to Belmopan, Belize, where they were mistreated and told that they had not paid to Global University.” And in a now familiar allegation, the letter accuses that AGSUM brought an “Afghan student by the nane Ahmad Mamini Shad … into Belize from Afghanistan with visa sponsored by AGU. This student never attended AGU and has since illegally travelled
to the USA and is currently still in the USA.” The letter is accompanied by a sheaf of documents that are printouts of email exchanges, letters and transcripts of telephone conversations between the ﬁctional Sergio Mendez and Dr. M. J. Soudah, the “Executive Dean” of the institution. There is also the “Ofﬁcial Transcript” prepared on September 9, 2010, and attested to by one “Peggy J Allen, MA Ed., Registrar, Director of Admissions/ Administration” as well as copies of court proceedings in the United States taken out against Soudah and Allen. American Global University School of Medicine (AGUSM) was established and licensed in Belize in 2005. This is the ﬁrst time it has come to the attention of the media in Belize.
November 21th , 2010
Judicial Review: Who will be Belize’s next Chief Justice? Continued from page 1
the appointment of the Prime Minister’s brother to the Belize bench, and a long standing political ally to the post of Attorney General, after changing the very constitution to allow for it to happen. The question of who are to ﬁll the large shoes brought on by forced retirements is the grist of constant anxiety and speculation in judicial circles. In his passionate response Barrow revealed that there were 13 candidates for the post of Chief Justice. And in an interview with Channel 7 post-rant last Friday, he admitted that his brother was one of two persons under consideration for the post of President of the Belize Court of Appeal. There are very public reports that Acting Chief Justice Samuel Awich and Appeal Court Justice Manuel Sosa are among those presently sitting on the Appellate Bench who have applied for the post of Chief Justice. The conventional wisdom is that Justice Sosa may have the inside track on the appointment, if someone from the Belize ranks is to be elevated. Six weeks ago the Barrow administration tried to retroactively appoint present Pusine Judge Oswell Legall as an Acting Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal, after the Belize Court of Appeal session had already convened. The Leader of the Opposition questioned the constitutionality, not to mention the practicality of the appointment, and Barrow reportedly withdrew the temporary appointment since
the appeal court session appears to have been abandoned. Some scuttlebutt now is that Legall will be fully appointed to the appellate bench, and that he will be joined by there by Justice Sir Brian Alleyne S.C. of Dominica, a former High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 1996 and Acting Chief Justice in that Court. Our reports also are that Solicitor General Oscar Ramjeet will replace Legall on the Supreme Court bench. Another Guyanese, Justice Denis Stanley Hanomanosingh, is reportedly also being considered to replace Justice Muria on the Belize Supreme Court bench. Justice Muria who was here as part of Commonwealth sponsored initiative, has been reassigned after two 2-year stints and leaves at the end of the year. There are other reports that Justice Sosa will be appointed President of the Belize Court of Appeal instead rather than to the post of Chief Justice. Most veteran observers are of the opinion that as much as Dean Barrow would like to appoint his brother President, he would offend too many of his allies and colleagues in the Bar on the Bench. Certainly it would look “odd” and embarrassing to others in the Commonwealth Caribbean if an eminent jurist such as Sir Brian Alleyne, and Justice Dennis Morrison who has already served 9 years on the bench of the Appeals Court, was passed over for President, in favour of justice who has barely served for a year.
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Town.” Our report is that the plane may have landed on the highway around 2:00 a.m. and after one of its wings clipped a tree and was damaged, its pilot deemed it unsafe to ﬂy, and a decision was made to abandon it. Refueling operations had already started and 7 emptied 17 gallons bottles suspected to have contained aviation fuel were found on the road near the plane. According to the ofﬁcial police press release, the ofﬁcers were detained and their van searched. They discovered “several BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniforms or “fatigues”) with ADU (Anti-Drug Unit) markings, several wet clothing , 2 car size batteries Atlas brand , muddy jungle boots and tennis, can food , empty sausage cans, a licensed 9mm for Harold Usher.” Our reports are that the van may
have been delayed by a village police ofﬁcer at the San Roman – San Juan bus stop. The men in the van were presumably already en route to Belize City, after a detour to Mango Creek, Independence Village, and though they tried to bluff their way through the checkpoint, they were delayed long enough for the BDF special forces on their way to the plane landing site to arrive and arrest them. Persistent reports are that the men may have had as much as US$100,000 stashed in the van or on their persons but as of press time today, the police have not indicated if that is the case. There are also conﬂicting reports that the men and another police ofﬁcer identiﬁed as Corporal Vidal Cahun, were all quietly arraigned in Punta Gorda Magistrate Court on ﬁrearm and ammunition charges. According to the police press
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November 21th , 2010
Woman; raped and murdered
Dangriga police has detained one person following the murder of a destitute pregnant woman in Dangriga. According to police reports, they responded to a call about six o’clock Sunday morning and as a result went to a house on George Price Drive where they observed a woman dressed in black who was in a seated position on the front steps bathed in a pool of blood with visible cut wounds to the right side of her face. The house caretaker told an investigator that he was about to go out on an errand when he made the discovery of the woman on the step and his ﬁrst
thought was that she was asleep and as he proceeded to awake her he realized that she was dead and called the police. The woman was identiﬁed as thirty four year old Sheline Camille Martinez who was known as a homeless person roaming the streets. Police found blood stains on the bench at the bus-stop situated facing the nearby Texaco Gas Station on George Price Drive which suggests that that’s where she sustained her injuries. Other evidence police found concludes that she was raped but also said that the woman was six or seven months in a state of pregnancy. Police believes that the person that attacked the woman drag her to the unﬁnished building and she eventually made her way somewhere to the steps where she was found. Residents say that the woman often slept at the bus-stop where police believes she was ﬁrst attacked which is not too far from where she was found dead. Martinez’ mother who chose to remain anonymous told the press that Sheline was homeless because she chose to live on the streets.
Two men charged with armed robbery
Radio Personality Adrian Harris passes
Broadcasting Industry mourns his death
The passing of Adrian Harris early Monday morning, ended a long battle with diabetes related ailments. Over the course of his career, Harris served in various capacities at LOVE FM including announcer and program producer. Harris is considered by his colleagues and friends as an extremely dedicated individual who had a passion for radio where he displayed a vivid interactive sense of humour on his radio shows. He will be remembered as LOVE FM’S Santa Clause during their traditional twelve days of Christmas annual program. Adrian had been in the
broadcasting industry for almost twenty years after serving as the Ofﬁce administrator for the headquarters of the United Democratic Party whilst it was located at the upper ﬂat of #19 King Street. He will be sadly missed by all his colleagues in the wider media industry including his fans. He was 46 years at the time of his death and leaves behind his wife, three sons and one daughter. The National Perspective takes this opportunity to express their most sincere condolences to his grieving widow and children. His funeral has been shceduled for Saturday. May his soul rest in peace.
Notices of Application for Liquor Licenses
Belize City Police have arrested 19 year old Kenjerdic Wade and 18 year old Robert Roaches and charged them jointly with robbery following an incident which occurred Monday night in the area of the Marine Parade Drive. Wade and Roches were taken into custody after 24 year old Christopher Aguilar reported to police that he was robbed of his gold chain by the two teen agers while he was with a ﬁend standing in that vicinity. Aguilar who is the administrative ofﬁcer for the Belize Health Care Partners reported that the two men rode past them on bicycles but got off therir bikes and approached him. He added that one of them then pulled a ﬁrearm
from his waist and pointed it to his head demanding that he hand over everything. Aguilar said he did take off one of his two gold chains from around his neck and hand it over but the gun man was not satisﬁed and demanded the other and when he refused, the gunman pulled the trigger but the gun refused to ﬁre and this prompted a struggle between the two. The two teenagers appeared in Court on Tuesday where they were jointly read the charge of robbery before Magistrate Emmerson Banner. Both pleaded not guilty but because the crime was allegedly committed with a ﬁrearm they were not offered bail and instead were remanded to prison until the 15th of December.
Notice is hereby given that YOLAND GARICIA is applying for a MALT AND CIDER LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at LUPITA’S BAR, Steadfast Village, Stann Creek Valley under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that ANICETO CHOC is applying for a SHOP LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at J and C SHOP, Steadfast Village, Stann Creek Valley under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that LOURDES FUENTES is applying for a PUBLICAN LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at BILLAR FUENTES Hopecreek, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that FELIPE CHUN is applying for a MALT AND CIDER LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at MOPAN BAR, Georgetown, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980.
Notice is hereby given that XUAN ZAI ZHENY is applying for a SHOP LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at HIN KEE STORE, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that McCleane THOMAS is applying for a MALT and CIDER LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at TUGUCINA McCleane, Georgetown, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that ANDREW LOPEZ is applying for a SHOP LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at ANDREW LOPEZ SHOP, Georgetown, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance, Revised Edition 1980.
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November 21th , 2010
CARIBBEAN NEWS Hair styles: Cuts and lengths that compliments your face You want to change your hair style, but aren’t sure what would look best. Should you keep it long or cut it short? Will cutting your shoulder length hair make it wavy, curly or frizzy? Are extensions an option? Was your mom right when she said you had a
square face and should never wear bangs? Face shape is crucial in getting the most ﬂattering hair cut. Celebrity clients spend thousands of dollars on the best stylists at the best salons, but you don’t have to. The easiest way to ﬁnd your face shape is to pull any bangs off your forehead into a clip, take a lipstick or a magic marker and outline your face in the mirror. Draw what you see, not what you think, and you may be surprised. Step back and consider the shape on the mirror as only a geometric design. Is it… Face Shapes, Square, Rectangular, Oval (most common face shape), Round, Heart Shaped or Triangular? If you Have an Oval Face Shape If you look at most models and actresses, you’ll notice that their faces tend to be oval. Oval faces look good in pretty much any hairstyle, especially styles that show off that perfect shape. Don’t get bangs, and don’t wear your hair in your face. For everyone else, hairstyles may be used to create the impression of having a “perfect” oval face. But you can also use your hairstyle to play up your best features regardless of your face shape. Hair Cuts for Round Faces There are two ways to address hairstyles for a round face. One way is to accentuate the roundness even further, with a bowl-shaped haircut, which can be very beautiful on the right woman. There’s something widely appealing about transforming an unusual characteristic into a real feature, and playing up a round face is one way to be very much your own person, stylistically speaking. But if you don’t want your face to look as round, choose a hair style that lengthens the look of your face. Have the top layered for fullness and height, and thinned out below the cheekbones to give the illusion of a narrower chin line. Go with medium to long hair. If you don’t mind the extra time, running
your hair through a straightening iron can be an extra sleek & sophisticated look. Rectangular Face Hair Styles A long, narrow face can be rounded a bit by hair that’s kept short to medium in length, with wispy bangs. Fuller sides from the forehead to the middle of the cheekbones widen the face, and layers add fullness and volume to the hair. Long hair and center parts accentuate rectangular face shapes, making them appear longer. Flattering Hairstyles for Heart Shaped Faces You can have a lot of fun with new hair styles. The key here is to get a style with more fullness lower on the face, around the chin, and less fullness at the forehead. Sweep your hair back to show off your fabulous cheekbones. Short hair doesn’t work as well on a heart shaped face, because it puts the emphasis at the top of your head. Keep your hair at least chin length, and light and wispy around the forehead. Hair Lengths for Triangular Faces If your chin or jaw is wider and your forehead narrower, add weight to the top of your head with layers that create fullness, thinning as it approaches the jaw. The shag was made for the triangular face! Short hair looks nice on a triangular face. Long hair doesn’t work as well, but if you’re attached to your hair and can’t bear cutting it, try styles that pull your hair back as it falls below your cheekbones. Elongate a Square with the right Hair The square face can be elongated somewhat by added height on the top of the head. Layers on the crown and parting your hair off center help to reduce a square look. Wispy bangs and temples soften the squareness too, and may add roundness. Wavy hair adds to the softening effect; straight lines, straight bangs and straight or ﬂat hair are to be avoided. Short or medium hair looks nice. Don’t let any haircut end at your jawline.
Cruise cancels call to St. minister. Kitts and Nevis Natalie Holloway upOfﬁcials in St Kitts and Nevis are trying to contain the fallout from an inci- date dent in which a busload of cruise passengers were robbed at gunpoint by masked men. Two cruise ships have cancelled their calls to St Kitts this week following Sunday’s incident in which 17 cruise passengers had their cash, jewelry, cell phone and other personal items stolen. Among those who have condemned the attack is the country’s Opposition leader Mark Brantley. Mr Brantley said the incident had tarnished the image of St Kitts and Nevis.“Who would want to invest in an environment where crime and violence are the rule rather than the exception,” the opposition leader said of the existing crime situation in the country.
Haitians Protest against UN
Protesters in Haiti on Tuesday continued to barricade some roads, following Monday’s anti-UN riots in several Haitian cities and towns. The demonstrators are blaming a contingent of Nepalese UN peacekeepers for the deadly outbreak of cholera that has taken more than 900 lives to date. The protests left at least two people dead, including a demonstrator shot dead by a UN peacekeeper during an exchange of gunﬁre in an area near Haiti’s second largest city of Cap-Ha itien.
Dominca’s PSU nounced boycott
Dominica’s Public Service Union (PSU) has denounced a call by the country’s labour minister to boycott a business enterprise whose owner is at odds with the Roosevelt Skerrit administration. PSU General Secretary Thomas Letang told state-owned radio DBS that public ofﬁcers do not support the boycott call against O D Brisbane and Sons. Labour Minister Charles Savarin said in a radio programme of the governing Dominica Labour Party (DLP) that letters written by the ﬁrm’s owner Jerry Brisbane to friendly governments and institutions asking them to withdraw assistance to Dominica are dangerous. Mr Savarin’s call for a boycott has been dismissed by PSU’s Thomas Letang as a move that is not in Dominica’s interest. The trade union leader said he was concerned that the move could impact on workers at the company.The small Dominica Freedom Party which Mr Savarin once headed has not only rejected the boycott suggestion but also called for the dismissal of the labour
Dutch forensic experts are testing a piece of bone found in Aruba to determine whether it comes from missing US teenager Natalee Holloway. A spokesman for the Netherlands Forensic Institute says the experts are ﬁrst establishing whether the bone is human before comparing its DNA to that of Miss Holloway. The teenager who was 18 at the time of her disappearance, went missing in 2005 while on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean. Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, who is facing separate murder charges in Peru, is suspected in her disappearance.
It has been announced in Britain that Prince William, the second in line to the throne, is to marry his partner, Kate Middleton, next year. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, described the forthcoming wedding, expected in spring or summer, as a day of great national celebration. The couple are expected to live in North Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force.
St Lucia hurricane bill
The World Bank is seeing ﬁrst hand the damage from Hurricane Tomas A World Bank team is in St Lucia to assess the country’s needs after widespread damage caused by Hurricane Tomas last month.Prime Minister Stephenson King has said the repair bill could be as much as US$500 million. In particular, the water system has been paralysed. The St Lucia Red Cross is one of the agencies involved in the relief operation.Spokesperson Marva Oculien said they are concentrating on the most vulnerable.She told BBC Caribbean they are aware that everybody was affected.“We are feeling the pinch of the lack of acess to water but the situation is starting to improve particularly in the north of the island,” she said.
G20 summit promises
The G20 summit in South Korea has ended with a pledge to help eradicate poverty in the developing world. The leaders signed up to what they describe as The Seoul Development Consensus, which sets out their commitment to work in partnership with developing countries. A multi-year plan sets out the main focuses for funding projects such as infrastructure, private-sector job creation and access to banking services. However, some aid organisations say the promises it contains are vague and there is no proper timetable.
November 21th , 2010
Guatemala Shaken by U.N.-investigators
GUATEMALA CITY –A U.N.backed investigative team that has by all counts been highly effective in prosecuting criminals is suddenly meeting stiff resistance from the very people who should stand to gain from a stronger rule of law: Guatemala’s
political and business elite.There are the convictions, all surprisingly swift, for murderers, drug cartel enforcers and kidnappers, including members of Mexico’s notoriously violent Zeta narco gang. The independent commission, whose head is named by the U.N. secretary-general, works within
Guatemala’s justice system in hopes it can one day stand on its own. Its annual budget of $20 million is provided by donor nations, including the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy and the Nordic countries. Colom told the AP he is asking that the commission’s mandate, which expires in September, be extended for at least two more years. At the heart of the dispute over the commission is a case it began investigating two years ago. On Sept. 25, 2006, more than 3,000 police and soldiers retook the Pavon prison farm — the country’s biggest — from inmates who ran a crack cocaine lab inside and rented out plush homes on the grounds to fellow prisoners. Then-Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann, a former head of Guatemala’s two main business associations, was arrested in Spain last month on charges of ordering the deaths of seven inmates — as well as three others in a
separate case. Vielmann has said the prisoners died in putting up a ﬁght. An extradition request by Guatemala is pending. Also under arrest in the case is Alejandro Giammattei, who was director and security boss for the prisons. Giammattei is a onetime presidential candidate who had also run Guatemala City’s transit and water utilities. Arrest warrants have been issued for two other men who are now fugitives: the then-head of the national police, Erwin Sperisen, and the deputy chief of its criminal division, Javier Figueroa. Vielmann and Giammattei were seen at Pavon after the inmates were captured, stripped naked and escorted to where they would be killed, prosecutors told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the case’s political sensitivity. After they were executed, said one prosecutor, the killers dressed the men in clothes lacking bullet holes and planted inoperable weapons on them.
Nicaragua refuses to pull-back troop area. Nicaragua denied the allegations. OAS Secretary General Jose Manuel Insulza last week toured both countries in a bid to mediate the dispute.“Costa Rica is seeing its dignity smeared and there is a
sense of great national urgency” to resolve this problem, Chinchilla said after meeting Insulza. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega earlier had rejected the OAS as a forum for airing the dispute.
Playa’s Hotel blast kills 7
Nicaraguan Troop converging on Rio San Juan area MANAGUA – Nicaragua refused Saturday to withdraw its troops from a contested area along its border with Costa Rica, rejecting an appeal by the Organization of American States. The OAS passed a resolution late Friday calling on both countries to refrain from “deployments of the armed forces or security forces in the area where their presence could generate tensions.” It also asked the two countries to resolve their differences through talks at a meeting of a bilateral commission in an “urgent manner and the shortest possible period of time.” The two countries should meet no later than November 27, said the Pan-American body.Costa Rica hailed the vote as a diplomatic triumph. But Nicaraguan representative Denis Moncada said his government
considered the resolution “invalid” because it had been adopted, as he put it, “through a distorted process lacking order.” OAS resolutions are normally adopted by consensus. This time, it was approved by 21 out of the 27 countries present. “We will continue defending our sovereignty because our troops are in national territory ﬁghting drug trafﬁcking and organized crime and the borders are clearly delimited by treaties,” Moncada told Channel 4 television. The dispute appears to have been set off by an error in a Google map of the border as it traces the San Juan River to the Caribbean coast. Costa Rica last month complained that Nicaraguan troops had violated its side of the border on the San Juan River during dredging operations and had harassed Costa Rican security forces in the
At least ﬁve Canadian tourists and two hotel staff have been killed in an explosion at a luxury hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, ofﬁcials say. The blast, believed to have been caused by a build-up of natural gas, blew out windows at the 676-room Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen. At least 157people were injured. Scores of Canadian visitors are staying at the hotel complex, located in an area known as the Maya Riviera, about 90km (55 miles) from Cancun. One child is reported
to be among the dead. One of the guests, Pete Travers, told the Canadian Press news agency: “It was chaos. There was blood and injuries from ﬂying glass and debris.”Quintana Roo state prosecutor Francisco Alor said initial investigations were focusing on the possibility that naturally occurring gas from a nearby swamp had built up under the hotel and somehow ignited, the Associated Press reported.“Under no circumstances are we talking about an attack,” he said.
November 21th , 2010
Obama’s Asian trip limits on the World Stage
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama left Asia with a greater foothold in the emerging nations that could help shape the American economy for years. But his failure to deliver on his own high expectations on key economic issues served notice that the global stage is not nearly his for the taking. The president returned to Washington on Sunday with mixed results to show from his longest foreign trip abroad as president, an exhausting 10-day tour through India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. His ﬁrst two stops yielded dramatic diplomatic successes and memorable images in two booming Asian democracies that will only become more important strategically to the U.S. But the narrative soured once Obama arrived in Seoul, South Korea, for a meeting of the Group of 20 developed and emerging economies. Obama failed to achieve a free-trade deal with Korea that was to have been the biggest trophy of his trip, and instead of banding with America against China’s currency manipulation, several countries aligned themselves against the U.S. The trip ended anticlimactically in Yokohama, Japan, with an uneventful gathering of the AsiaPaciﬁc Economic Cooperation forum. But Obama has no time to breathe easy. Almost as soon as he gets back to Washington he’ll have to grapple with combative Republican congressional leaders at a White House meeting, then head back overseas for a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. “Overall, it was a mix of successes and deep disappointments,” Mike Green, senior adviser and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said of the trip. “Two great visits in India and Indonesia, a real dis-
appointment in Seoul, and a reassuring but curiously unambitious visit to Japan.” Obama, in some ways, achieved what he set out to do. By spending so much time in Asia, undeterred by his and his party’s midterm election “shellacking” on the way out the door, he showed key nations how important they are to the U.S. agenda. And that, in turn, is an investment he expects to pay off over time — by loosening up trade and hiring opportunities for his own constituents, and by building up the base of democratic and America-friendly voices in a fast-growing region of the world where communist China looms ever larger. “I think all of Asia is eager for American engagement and leadership,” Obama told reporters on Air Force One on the way back to Washington. “Everywhere in Asia, what I heard from leaders and people is that we are still central, and they want us there.” National security adviser Tom Donilon told reporters, “I think that the United States has dramatically advanced its critical goals and its strategic interest in the region.” In essence, trips like this are down payments on diplomacy, even when immediate returns are neither as great as the president wants nor as measurable to a press corps holding him accountable for his soaring promises. Yet the trip also underscored one of the president’s most nagging problems. He is operating in a world, particularly in regard to the economy, in which he takes a long view and voters want more immediate gratiﬁcation. It is much harder for the unemployed, for example, to take much cheer in all the talk of the emerging international structure of the G-20. They want jobs and security now. And so when Obama stood at the po-
dium in Seoul with South Korea’s president and failed to announce the completion of a trade deal that would have been a breakthrough, it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the trip and colored the outcomes of the two economic summits that followed. The trade pact may still be ﬁnished within weeks, but its delay robbed Obama of a sense of ﬂourish. It is never good for a president to be standing next to a world peer appearing emptyhanded, and all the other cooperation Obama cemented in the course of the trip got overshadowed. “The lone miscalculation appears to have been allowing the president of the United States and the president of South Korea to meet without an agreement on trade,” said Patrick M. Cronin, senior director of the Asia program at the Center for a New American Security. “In hindsight, an accord should have been hashed out months ago.” Overall, the economies of Asia are “moving,” Obama said. “We should feel conﬁdent about our ability to compete, but we are going to have to step up our game.” The best moments of the trips may have been during Obama’s three days in India, where he sealed $10 billion in commercial deals, ﬁrmly staking a claim in the booming country’s future prosperity, and delighted his hosts by announcing his support for a permanent Indian seat on the U.N. Security Council. But it was ﬁrst lady Michelle Obama who won India’s heart by visiting several times with school-
children and dancing with them in images replayed nonstop on India’s jostling cable networks. In Indonesia, Obama spoke to an appreciative, collegiate crowd in his boyhood home city in Jakarta, but the trip was brief — less than 24 hours on the ground, cut even shorter when ash spewed by a volcano threatened airspace. South Korea and Japan featured economic negotiations and meetings with world leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, Russia’s Dmitri Medvedev and China’s Hu Jintao. The limits of America’s — and Obama’s — inﬂuence was on painful display as the G-20 failed to produce speciﬁc action against China’s currency undervaluation and Obama instead ﬁelded questions about the wisdom of the Federal Reserve’s recent move to stimulate the U.S. economy through a $600 billion purchase of Treasury bonds, which is expected to inﬂate the value of the dollar. Back in Washington countless challenges await: a lame-duck congressional session expected to feature a showdown over extending Bush-era tax cuts; negotiations with resurgent Republicans; and more potential shake-ups to the White House staff. Despite all that, Obama left Asia on a personal high: a return visit to an enormous bronze Buddha statue in Kamakura, Japan, that he had seen once as a child. Just as he did as a boy, he even got some green tea ice cream.
Karzai:US should reduce operations’
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, especially night raids
that fuel anti-American sentiment and could embolden Taliban insurgents. Karzai’s remarks in an interview Saturday with The Washington Post come as the international
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November 21th , 2010
Attacked by Barracuda
Karzai:US should reduce operations’
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military coalition has stepped up pressure on insurgents at the same time that the president has set up a peace council in hopes of reconciling with the top echelon of the Taliban.”The time has come to reduce military operations,” Karzai said in the interview. “The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan ... to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life.” Karzai also said he met with one or two “very high” level Taliban leaders about three months ago, but described a peace process in its initial stages — one that amounts to little more than “the exchange of desires for peace.” He said, however, that he believes Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been informed of his discussions. He said the Taliban share his feeling that the nine-year-old war has taken too high a toll on the people of Afghanistan. “They feel the same as we do here — that too many people are suffering for no reason,” Karzai said. “Their own families are suffering.” Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, claims the 30,000 U.S. reinforcements and thousands of troops dispatched to the war this past year have made substantial progress in beating back the insurgency, although the coalition is not claiming victory. In the past three months, more than 300 insurgent leaders have been captured or killed, more than 850 lower-level militants have been killed and at least 2,170 foot soldiers have been apprehended. Karzai said the U.S. should end the rising number of Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could strengthen the Taliban insurgency. He said he wants American troops off the roads and out of Afghan homes and that the long-term presence of so many foreign soldiers will only make the war worse. “I don’t like it in any manner and the Afghan people don’t like these raids in any manner,” Karzai said. “We don’t like raids in our homes.
This is a problem between us and I hope this ends as soon as possible. ... Terrorism is not invading Afghan homes and ﬁghting terrorism is not being intrusive in the daily Afghan life.” A senior ofﬁcial with the military coalition’s headquarters in Kabul said Sunday that the coalition share’s Karzai’s concerns and has discussed the issue with him on many occasions.“However, the use of intelligence-driven, precision-targeted operations against high-value insurgents and their networks remains a key component of our comprehensive civilian-military counterinsurgency operations,” the ofﬁcial said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Karzai’s remarks. “These operations are conducted in full partnership with the government of Afghanistan and they include Afghan forces on each operation. There is no question that they are having a signiﬁcant impact on insurgent leadership and its networks. Karzai said in the interview that he was speaking out not to criticize the United States but in the belief that candor could improve what he called a “grudging” relationship between the countries, although he said tension had eased and he feels he can talk openly about his feelings. “We don’t shout at each other as often as we did before,” Karzai said. White House ofﬁcials had no immediate comment early Sunday. Karzai has repeatedly criticized civilian casualties caused by U.S. and NATO operations. The number of Afghan civilians killed or injured in the war soared 31 percent in the ﬁrst six months of the year, but Taliban bombings and assassinations were largely responsible for the sharp rise, according to the United Nations. The U.N. said the number of deaths and injuries caused by NATO and Afghan government forces dropped 30 percent compared with the ﬁrst six months of last year, largely a result of curbs on the use of air power and heavy weapons. President Barack Obama has set July 2011 as a target to begin drawing down U.S. troops, if conditions allow, but American ofﬁcials expect troops to be in Afghanistan for some time after that. Karzai has said he wants Afghan security forces to be able to take the lead in protecting and defending the nation by 2014. The mechanics of that transition will be a key topic of a three-day NATO meeting that starts Friday in Lisbon, Portugal.
Dr. Daniel Gonzalez sutured three layers of tissue
The victim of the unfortunate incident was kind enough to accept an interview while being treated on the operation table by Dr. Daniel Gonzalez of Ambergris Hopes Clinic. Gilbert Espat, ﬁsherman and resident of the San Pedrito Area related to us what went on this morning. “It was just another ordinary ﬁshing day for myself and companions,” commented Espat. “We headed out at about 6:00 this morning at the Esmeralda Dive Site just outside the reef. My buddies and I were spear ﬁshing. I saw this huge four-foot barracuda and managed to hit it once with the spear gun. I saw the ﬁsh going down and as I was about to hit it again it came swimming straight at my face. I had enough time to cover my face and that was when I felt two big bites to my arm.” Espat then managed to swim up to his boat where his companions assisted him into the boat. The barracuda had inﬂicted four large lacerations to his biceps and triceps on his right arm. He was quickly
rushed to the clinic. Dr. Daniel Gonzalez of the Ambergris Hopes Clinic stated that Espat was very fortunate that the barracuda did not tear one of the main arteries in his arm which could have been fatal. “He did receive a nasty bite, but with proper physiotherapy his muscles and ligaments should be back to normal,” commented Dr. Daniel Gonzalez. Dr. Gonalez could not give us a count of how many stitches Espat received, only stating that it was “A LOT”. The barracuda tore deep into his arm, completely ripping apart his wet suit and lacerating muscle tissue. Dr. Gonzalez had to suture three different layers of tissue to properly close his injuries. Espat has been ﬁshing for the past 20 years of his life and said that this was the ﬁrst time he has been attacked by a barracuda. He is very thankful that it happened in an area close to town and was able to receive proper medical attention. Story Courtesy Ambergris Today
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November 21th , 2010
REID BETWEEN THE LINES
A nation in disarray! vote, decided against attending. Lois Young, representing both the buyers and the sellers in this deal, went absolutely berserk and issued what could only be construed as a public threat to the representatives. She obviously achieved her objective as the representatives made
G. Michael Reid Belize’s parliamentarians were at it once again this past Friday and as usual, it was pretty much same old same old. Lots of ﬁnger pointing, name calling and recriminating but at the end of it all, as is always the case, the opposition had a say but the government of the day had its way. This Westminster system that we call democracy has proven itself many times over to be just one big joke. Once a political party is “ﬁrst past the post”, they have the only and ﬁnal say as to what will be the order of the day. In particular when one party has a super majority as this current administration does, then there is little that the opposition, the business community, the unions or especially the electorate can do about any law or policy that they wish to put in place. The sittings, the debates, the press releases are inutile and futile as very little can be done to reverse any decision made or action taken. The way politics is played in Belize, and in particular by this Dean Barrow administration, never will we see any ruling party member standing up to object or vote against any bill that is presented to the House; despite any hazard to his or her constituency. It is not encouraged and it is not tolerated. During the past administration, we saw a trend developing where it occurred a few times but could anyone really imagine that possibility with this crowd? The recent vote by the Social Security Board showed just how ridiculous our whole system of governance is. The board is comprised of nine members; ﬁve representatives from the government and four from the Social Partners; namely the Unions and the Business Community. The Social Partners decided that upon reviewing the BTL prospectus and after examining the risks involved, that it would not make good sense to invest ﬁfty million of the people’s money in BTL shares. Bear in mind now, that these are the people who represent the workers and the employers, the two major contributors to the fund. A meeting was called and the Social Partners decided that they did not have enough time to consult with their members and knowing that they would be pressed for a
ing the same old tired tactic. “How dare you, you hypocrite!” “Here’s what you did when you were in ofﬁce!” It is the same old song meeting in and meeting out. Mr. Barrow, we are appalled by any wrongdoing by any representative of the people but we are tired of
Now that Mr. Barrow has decided to grant himself ﬁfty million dollars of taxpayer’s money, again they all like good little puppies just fall in line and rubberstamp. Maybe we need to sing to Mr. Barrow, a line from our National Anthem; “No tyrants shall linger, despots must ﬂee.” sure to present themselves to at the next meeting. The vote was called and while those representatives gave a resounding NO, the ﬁve government representatives did as was expected and toed the party line. The rest as they say, is history. The same scenario is played out every time that a bill is passed in the House and goes to the Senate for review. There is debate but at the end of the day, with the government controlling a majority of seats, there is really nothing that can be done to stop any bill from going through. During the past administration, there was a referendum held where the people voted in favor of an elected senate. Many felt that this would create more of a checks and balance and give the people more say in how the country is run. The current administration has totally disregarded that vote and while Mr. Barrow had promised to extend the Senate, not even that promise has been kept. The fact of the matter is that at this point, Belize is pretty much run as a dictatorship. When Mr. Barrow decided to appropriate BTL, not even the members of his cabinet knew what he was planning. Upon being informed though, they all went along like good little sheep with nary a dissenting bleat. Now that Mr. Barrow has decided to grant himself ﬁfty million dollars of taxpayer’s money, again they all like good little puppies just fall in line and rubberstamp. Maybe we need to sing to Mr. Barrow, a line from our National Anthem; “No tyrants shall linger, despots must ﬂee.” The hot discussions in the House this past Friday centered around this same BTL issue and the big stink in the Immigration Department. As is their usual response to any matter raised in the House, the UDP’s line of reasoning was, “unuh did it too.” I am conﬁdent that I am not the only one tired of Prime Minister Barrow and his lame band of dodo birds employ-
the same old rhetoric! How about spending some time informing us of what you are doing that is different or beneﬁcial to the people? When the matter of the Judiciary was raised, Mr. Barrow went once again back to 1998 and the issue of Justice Sosa. When the Immigration matter was raised, Mr. Perdomo pointed to the amount of Chinese brought in by the previous administration. When the matter of BTL was discussed, Mr. Barrow once again built his defense around a secret arrangement by the former Prime Minister. These issues have been hashed and rehashed and beaten to a pulp. When will these people get it? They are now the ones in the captain’s chair but they have this ship headed straight
toward the reef. The sugar cane industry is on the verge collapse, the citrus industry remains in turmoil, cost of living is spiraling out of control, the murder rate is highest in the world and taxes climb higher every day. Yet, after nearly three years in ofﬁce, the UDP’s are still blaming the PUP. For once we would like for this current administration to address issues based on the strength of their merit as opposed to the weakness of the PUP’s demerit. The PUP was voted out and the UDP promised that they could and would do better. It is time for the crying and for some real work to begin. In the meantime, another drug plane has landed. One up north, three at the airport and now this one down south; what is happening here? These of course, are only the ones that we know about; how many ﬂy in under the radar? Residents of the area around which the plane was found report frequent sounds of planes ﬂying low in the area. Many can remember back to the two previous UDP administrations when such occurrences were pretty much the order of the day. Some high ups are getting ﬁlthy rich but our country is slowly dying. We need but look north to the situation in Mexico and decide if we can really afford to go that way. Let us not forget the words of the legendary statesman Phillip Goldson; “the time to save your country is before you lose it”.
BAR ASSOCIATION OF BELIZE November 15, 2010 RELEASE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION OF BELIZE
The Bar Association of Belize (the “Association”) respects the right of each and every one of its members, including its executive members, to hold opinions without interference and to belong to any political party or other political association of their choosing. These rights which are enshrined in the Belize Constitution are in fact the rights of every Belizean. The Association expects only that its members exercise those rights in accordance with fairness and good sense. The Association respects and embraces the input and inﬂuence of all of its members, inclusive of those who are red and blue, and the Association recognizes that differences in opinion and perspective in an environment where sober and rational analysis prevails serve only to enhance and develop the Association for the beneﬁt of all concerned including the general public. The Association condemns in the strongest possible terms the very public and unwarranted attacks upon the Association launched by the Honourable Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the House of Representatives on Friday, November 12, 2010. The Honourable Prime Minister has obviously sought to put political labels on and personalize the reasoned position of the Association, with a view to inﬂame and incite his supporters and thereby avoid the manifest need to address in a sober and rational way the very serious allegation that the Honourable Prime Minister has sought to undermine the rule of law through unwarranted and unjustiﬁed interference with persons holding high judicial ofﬁce. The Association reminds the Honourable Prime Minister that, as Prime Minister, he was elected to govern and serve all the people of Belize. The Association wishes to further publicly bring to the attention of the Prime Minister that in accordance with the Legal Profession (Code of Conduct) Rules he, as a member of the profession, is legally obliged to maintain the honour and dignity of the legal profession and shall refrain from conduct which is detrimental to the profession or which may tend to discredit it. As an attorney, he is further clearly prohibited by those Rules from engaging in undigniﬁed or discourteous conduct which is degrading to his profession. -
This week every news writer in Belize appetite and pallet will be writing about the drug plane that landed on the Southern Highway. The unusual landing caused dozens of motorists who were on their way to the Battle of the Drums’ competition in Punta Gorda to wait for long hours because of this obstruction on the highway. Just the day before, the House of Representatives had a meeting at the National Assembly building in Belmopan and the landing of the drug plane over-shadowed the weekend news regarding the House meeting, the immigration scandal and the matter of the amnesty for 20,000 illegal immigrants. I do not usually compete with other news writers regarding the biggest news item but would take this opportunity this time to dig a little deeper and reflect on planes landing in Belize. There is a serious question as to why Civil Aviation and its Air Traffic radar has not been tracking all these suspicious aircraft that have been landing ever since March 7th 2008 and it questions the capability of our Civil Aviation Authority to protect Belize’s air space. It is understood that our Civil Aviation Authority only operates from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Therefore, the radar is out of operation after hours and the drug cartel and organized crime abroad knows this quite well they have people planted at all levels of government. Therefore, it is impossible to track any movement of planes at night. Certainly, these brazen acts by organized crime and the drug cartels are posing serious threats to our National Security while the government tries helplessly to down play the seriousness of our situation always drawing a comparison of similar event under the previous administration. The daring plane landing of a drug plane on our main highways is not the first or an isolated incident, in fact the first plane landed just one month after since this U.D.P. government took office in 2008 and three other drug planes have landed in the north, south, east and west of this country. Under the U.D.P., it appears that Belize has become a trampoline for the cartels and the entire 8,866 sq. mile have become pay ground for those involved in the trafficking of drugs, arms, and human cargo. The UDP promised winds of change but I am certain that when the people voted so overwhelmingly for the U.D.P., it was not to transform our Belizean nation state of anarchy but it is and quickly moving towards a fail state
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system. After the U.D.P. won the election in 2008, it signaled the free for-all landing and open doors for those barons of the underworld. After the first landing, another went down near one of the cayes withelicit drugs. There were reports of a plane that landed in the west near Central Farm and recently there was the plane that the Mexican authorities say landed in Sartaneja. Then of course there is this recent landing on the Southern Hwy.
tax payers’ money in advertising. We want to hear what they got to say this week.The point I want to drive home is that the media continue to be unfair and when you are not fair you can’t advocate for justice. It might seem as sarcasm but believe me and you will continue to see how these people will be tripping all over themselves to try and minimize the gravity of this situation. The U.D.P. spin is already out and clear, “oh this had been happening for a long time, it’s only coming out now because the U.D.P. is racking down on
Well Mr. Self-righteous U.D.P. propagandist, it is explicitly clear that never before have the people in the narco trade have had the audacity and the brazenness to land plane with the frequency and disrespect for our authorities and national security than it is being done now under your U.D.P. government. And if it use to happen under the P.U.P. that is exactly why the Belizean electorate kick P.U.P. the hell out of office. So get the message! Before we get into the planes that landed at Philip Goldson International Airport, we need to refer to the great alarm that was made in the press last week. One of the major newspapers carried a front page story which maliciously tried to connect and affiliate former police minister Ralph Fonseca to a purported drug organization because it was insinuated by a convicted Belizean convicted in the US for drug trafficking and who during his appeal’s hearing tried to implicate the iron fist Minister, who deported him. Also last week, one of the major television stations in their evening news-cast turned the drugs’ allegation story into a three parts news sequence, obviously trying to, one (1) at the time trying to distract from the other issues that were relevant than being, (a) the BTL Social Security 50 million dollars issue, (b) the mountain disclosure of the immigration scandal and (c) the amnesty of some 20,000 illegal immigrants. Two (2) desperately trying to smear the name of the former minister of police and trying to whip history into news. “Yo si how God nuh like ugly.” Now I am absolutely sure that these sections of the media will not only have it as headlines on their television news or front page of their newspaper but in, he case of the TV the lead middle and closing stories will be about “the plane weh land.” And for the newspaper I am sure that their front page editorial and must contribute stories will be about “the plane weh land.” This could be wishful-thinking about my path because the hypocrisy of his so called independent media continue to benefit from the
these planes.” Well Mr. Self-righteous U.D.P. propagandist, it is explicitly clear that never before have the people in the narco trade have had the audacity and the brazenness to land plane with the frequency and disrespect for our authorities and national security than it is being done now under your U.D.P. government.
And if it use to happen under the P.U.P. that is exactly why the Belizean electorate kick P.U.P. the hell out of office. So get the message! The landing of planes is not only limited to those elicit narco plane. It also include the landing of the human trafficking planes that disrespectfully again under this U.D.P. land at the international airport (that is the official international airport) at least four times in this year alone including landing at night to off load Chinese nationals who are holders of questionable Belizean visas. While everyone is on the topic of the plane landing on the Southern Hwy last Saturday, It has over shadowed the other major issues over the past few days, please don’t forget the big immigration scandal and in the midst of the immigration scandal and without the evidence or the report of the census. The U.D.P. wants to embark on an amnesty for some questionable 20,000 illegal immigrants. We definitely can’t trust this immigration minister or ministry. We still have not considered the shaft that this nation will take with the recent amended threshold for income tax. So we are captivated right now by the bravery in the landing of this drug plane in the south which just accentuates the breach in our national security. Remember when the minister of foreign affairs said that our borders are artificial, he was only hitting to us that it’s free for all: Drug plane, plane smuggling Chinese, we are Belize! Seriously, the U.D.P. has to go, just my impartial view.
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November 21th , 2010
Happy Garifuna Settlement Day
From the Editorial staff of the National Perspective Newspaper Happy Garifuna Settlement Day
November 21th , 2010
Lady Jaguars win 2010 BVA national women’s volleyball champs
ony Leal counterattacked with the help of Thara Blanco, Angelica Reyes, Kaylani Reid and libero Yvette Price, but the Jaguars won the 2nd set 25-16.In Game 8, the Moen Stars defeated the Dangriga girls in 2 sets. Aretha, Jacqueline and Nandy Sabal led the Dangriga offensive with the help of Jakeiva Moreira, Donna Neal and Jennifer Mangar, but the Stars won both sets 25-14 and 25-6.In Game 9 on Sunday afternoon, the Belmopan girls won 3rd place with 2 wins and 2 losses by defeating the Cayo e-3 Light girls. Kaina Martinez and Nadine Flowers spiked home kills for the Cayo girls win the ﬁrst set 25-23, but the Kimberly
Spence, Ebony Leal and Kaylani Reid rallied the Belmopan girls’ counterattack to win the next 2 sets: 25-17 and 17-15. In Game 10, the Lady Jaguars clinched the championship with their 4th win over their arch rivals, the 16-times champs – the Moen Stars. Shantell Arnold, Barbara Cadle and Tichelle Solis led the Jaguars’ offensive hammering kills on balls set by Tanisha Encalada and Bobby Dee Usher while Jasmine Anderson and libero Esther Middleton received and kept the ball in play to win the ﬁrst set 25-17. Stars’ Marika Zuniga rotated into the game but the Stars’ felt the loss of attacker and blocker Precelia Hoare, who had twisted her ankle in the ﬁrst matches on Saturday. Kelsey Balderamos and Lupita Quan refreshed the attack line in the second set, but the Jaguars took the 2nd set 25-17. In the award ceremony after the championship ﬁnals, BVA President Allan Sharp presented the team trophies and individual trophies to the champions and the 2nd place winners. In other volleyball news, the national women’s team is preparing to represent Belize in the Central American championships in Panama from the 28 November through the ﬁrst week in December.
25-13 and 25-8 over the Crooked Tree Government School girls in the championship ﬁnals. In Game 6, the Ladyville boys won 25-18 and 25-12 against the Queen Square Anglican boys in the championship ﬁnals. On Thursday the BES girls had won the Belize City championship against the Holy Redeemer School
girls: 25-9 and 25-8 afternoon, and both schools had advanced to the district ﬁnals.The Holy Redeemer boys had won the Belize City championship against the Queen Square Anglican boys: 25-19, 21-25 and 16-14. On Wednesday, the Holy Redeemer girls had advanced to the Belize City ﬁnals by eliminating the Hummingbird Elementary School girls: 25-21 and 25-23 in Wednesday’s semiﬁnals The BES girls also advanced to the city ﬁnals by eliminating the St. John’s Anglican Primary School girls: 25-2 and 25-11. The Holy Redeemer boys had entered the city ﬁnals by eliminating the Central Christian School boys: 25-23 and 25-15; and the Queen Square boys entered the city ﬁnals by eliminating the St. John Vianney RC School boys 28-30, 25-22 and 15-9.
Belize City, November 14, 2010
The Lady Jaguars won the 2010 national volleyball championship when the Belize Volleyball Association hosted its 2010 national tournament at the Belize City Center over the weekend. The tournament was organized in a round robin format with 5 female teams in the competition. In Game 1 on Saturday morning, the Lady Jaguars won over the E-3 Light girls from Cayo. The Jaguars won the ﬁrst set 25-17, but E-3 Light’s Kaina Martinez, Cynthia Salazar and Evelyn Kuylen rallied with the help of Nadine Flowers, Lucy Contreras and Ina Guzman and won the 2nd set 25-22. The Jaguars dominated the 3rd set: 15-2. In Game 2, the Moen Stars won the ﬁrst set over the Belmopan girls 25-13, with Shelmadine Cacho and Tahera Ahmad leading the Stars’ attacks with Rebecca Rath and Emma Hoare hammering kills on balls set by libero Vivanni Avila and Sherlene Johnson. Belmopan’s Shereen Reyes, Kimberly Spence and Ebony Leal counterattacked with Thara Blanco and Angelica Reyes receiving and setting the ball, and Kaylani Reid serving and blocking at the net, while libero Yvette Price came into the
game to force the Stars to go to extra points to win the 2nd set 27-25. In Game 3, the Lady Jaguars dominated the Dangriga girls 25-5 and 25-7 and in Game 4, the Moen Stars won over Cayo’s E-3 Light in two sets: 25-11 and 25-19. In Game 5, the Belmopan girls enjoyed their ﬁrst of 2 wins when they prevailed over the Dangriga girls 25-18 and 25-21. In Game 6, the Dangriga girls picked up their only win, when the Cayo girls forfeited their third game on Saturday night. In Game 7, the Lady Jaguars won against the Belmopan girls in 2 sets taking the ﬁrst set 25-14. Belmopan’s Shereen Reyes, Kimberly Spence and Eb-
BESgirls&LadyvilleboyswinBelizeDistrictprimaryschoolvolleyballchamps Belize City, November 12, 2010 The Belize Elementary School girls and the Our Lady of the Way RC School boys from Ladyville won the Belize District primary schools volleyball championship held by the National Sports Council at the Belize City Center last Friday. In Game 1, the Belize rural champions, the Crooked Tree Government School girls advanced to the ﬁnals by eliminating the Belize city sub-champions, the Holy Redeemer RC School girls 22-25, 25-21 and 15-12. In Game 2, the Belize City champions, the BES girls advanced to the ﬁnals by eliminating the Belize rural subchampions, the Burrell Boom Methodist School girls: 25-18 and 25-12.In Game 3, the Ladyville boys advanced to the ﬁnals eliminating the Belize City champions,
the Holy Redeemer RC School boys 25-21, 24-26, and 15-10. In Game 4, over the Belize City subchampions, the Queen Square Anglican School boys advanced to the ﬁnals by eliminating the Belize Rural champs, the Burrell Boom Methodist Schol boys: 25-22, 21-25 and 15-12. In Game 5, the BES won
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Pallotti & SCA girls win 2 each in CSSSA basketball Belize City, November 15, 2010 The Pallotti High School and St Catherine’s Academy girls both have posted 2 wins in the Central Secondary School Sports Association (CSSSA) basketball competition at the Belize City Center this past week, while the Wesley College and Gwen Lizarraaga High School girls also enjoyed wind. The Pallotti High School girls romped to a 27-7 win over the Canaan 7th Day Adventis high School girls on Monday. Khadejah Wilson led the attack with 11pts, Shinelle Lord added 8pts, Anna Ma was good for 6 pts and Sharney Chen tossed in one bucket. Jehaud Broaster scored all 7pts for Canaan High. The Pallotti girls also won 31-13 over the Anglican Cathedral College on Tuesday evening. Shinelle Lord and Asha Castillo led Pallotti with 7 pts each. Shinelle sank a long trey in the 3rd quarter. Sharony Chen scored 2 buckets as they led 6-1 in the 1st quarter and when Asha Castillo drained in a long trey in the 2nd quarter and Jinelle Pott added another bucket, they were up 12-3 at the half. Ann Ma added 6 pts in the 2nd half and Khadejah Wilson tossed in one more bucket to lead 21-7 in the third quarter and Asha Castillo added 2 buckets in the 4th quarter. ACC’s Shantell Lambey drained in 2 long treys in
money time in the but it was too little too late. Keylie Lambey had only scored 2 buckets, Giselly Rosalez tossed in one basket and Sheranne James scored one free throw. The SCA girls posted their 2nd win: 35-9 over the ACC girls last Friday evening. Gilda Estrada led the SCA attack with 8pts in the 1st quarter and Kursha Pollard and Christi Noralez added a bucket each as they led 12-0 in the 1st quarter ACC’s Keylie Baileye scored 5pts and Shantell Lambey added a bucket, but Kursha pol-
lard added 2 bucket to give SCA a 16-7 lead at the half. Kursha added 2 more buckets and Gilda Estrada and Kaﬁra gill added a bucket each to lead 24-7 in the 3rd quarter. Gilda Estrada scored 6pts in the 4th quarter to ﬁnish with 16 pts, Kursha had 12, as Keylie Bailey scored a ﬁnal bucket for ACC. The SCA girls lost to four time national champs, the Gwen Lizarraga High School girls 20-35 last Wednesday. Glenda Torres led the Gwen Liz girls with 21 pts, and Adreanna Meighan
added another 13pts. Kursha Pollard scored 13pts for SCA. The Wesley College girls enjoyed a 30-12 win against the Canaan 7th Day Adventist high school girls last Thursday. Anna Pinto led the Wesley girls with 2 buckets in the 1s t quarter and hit along trey as she added 9pts n the 2nd quarter to lead 19-7 at the half. Sutherland and Samuels added 2 buckets each to lead 24-9 in the 3rd quarter. Jehaud Broaster led the Canaan girls with 6 pts, Rochelle Garcia tossedin 2 buckets Raven Young added 2 free throws.
Digicel Avengers win YFF female U-19 softball champs Belize City, November 13, 2010 Digicel Avengers win YFF female U-19 softball champs The Digicel Avengers won the Youth for the Future Belize Softball Federation under-19 junior girls competition which ended at Rogers Stadium, the home of softball in Belize, end on Saturday November 13, 2010. In the Grand Final, Digicell ‘Avengers’ defeated the number one seed Flowers ‘Crushers’ by the score of 13 to 1 in four innings to capture the Youth for the Future Belize Softball Federation Junior Girls championship. Digicell ‘Avengers’ scored all 13 runs on 9 hits, which was keyed by left ﬁelder Deanah Garbutt who collected 3 hits in 4 ofﬁcial times at bat, including a 3-run triple in the top of the 4th inning. The Avengers crushed the Flowers Crushers 13-1 with Katrecia Panting, Deanah Garbutt, Sheona Gillett and Crytsal Hernandez coming home in the 1st inning. Crushers’ pitcher Jahna Trapp tried to hold down in the 2nd inning, but Shanice Pook slid home to give the Avengers a 5-0 lead. The Avengers’ lead grew to 10-0 when Panting, Garbutt, Hernandez, Ally Flowers and Amber Wade all came home in the 3rd inning. The Crushers got 5 hits, but
only Kimberly came home for the Crushers in the 3rd inning. The winning pitcher was Amber Wade and the losing pitcher was Jahnna Trapp who had relief help from Ashley Lucas and the game
ended in the application of the mercy rule when Panting, Hernandez and Flowers came home in the 4th inning. In the ﬁnal game, Flowers ‘Crushers’ eliminated Jr. Hurricanes by the score of
8 to 5. Flowers ‘Crushers’ scored all 8 runs on 7 hits, while the Jr. Hurricanes scored 5 runs on 2 hits.The winning pitcher was Ashley Lucas and the losing pitcher was Sasha Brown. Tyra Moriera scored the Hurricanes ﬁrst run in the 1st inning, and pitcher Sasha Brown gave up no runs, but the Crushers led 3-1 when Monique Tablada, pitcher Ashley Lucas and Vanessa Dawson came home in the 2nd inning. The Hurricanes’ Kesilyn Lizama and Kira Arnold scored 2 runs for in the 3rd inning, but the Crushers remained on top as Jahna Trapp also scored for the Crushers. Ashley Lucas struck out 12 batters to hold down the Hurricanes who only got two hits, while the Crushers’ Trapp, Monika Tablada and Dawson scored 3 more runs in the fourth inning to lead 7-3.The Hurricanes’ Lizama and Halima Munoz came home to add 2 more runs in the 5th inning, but the Crushers won when Trapp and Agnes Lucas came home in the 5th inning for the 8-5 win. Philippa Grifﬁth-Bailey, ISF Hall of Fame member who donated the trophies, presented them to the Digicell ‘Avengers’ the champion and Flowers ‘Crushers’ the sub-champion, at the end of the championship game.
November 21th , 2010
I am my brother’s keeper After Cain had murdered his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Cain answered, “I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” - Genesis 4:9 In recent weeks in some of my discussions with Belizean Americans, I am accused of trying to put them on a guilt trip because I point to the mass emigration of black Belizeans to the American Diaspora as a major factor, if not the major factor, in the dysfunction that now characterize our community. While I often hasten to stress that it is not the only factor, they still become defensive and would remind me that they nearly all sought the greener pastures of America because they simply weren’t making it in Belize. It is hardly my intention to make them feel “bad” about themselves, and if that is the result I apologize. Today information technology and the growth in aviation have made communication between Belizeans at home and abroad far easier. Those abroad can listen to Belizean radio and watch Belizean television programming via the internet even as those of us at home watch American cable programming via satellite television. I might be wrong but I suspect that the ties that bind our community together are growing rapidly. Belizean Americans no longer necessarily pour back into Belize during the annual holiday seasons (Easter, September and Christmas) but the number of Belizeans traveling between the two countries seem to be growing with each passing month. And I see more and more Belizeans, especially young Belizeans, going to the States from Belize and returning. The suspected intention of the Barrow administration to propose a proxy voting plan for Belizeans in the diaspora has triggered a fairly heated discussion, and it is past time we took advantage of this to call some summit/town hall type meeting event to begin to coalesce some of the ideas about what it is we want, expect and hope for from the separate but not disparate communities. We have to continue to respect that while
we are apart from, we are still a part of the same cultural coin. I for one believe that we must provide representation at the executive and legislative level of government for our Belizeans living abroad but it cannot be that they have an overwhelming vote. They are still very much our fellow citizens and are not only deserving as citizens, but it would simply be recognizing their constitutional rights as citizens of Belize. I proposed way back in 1992 that Belizean Americans be allowed to vote for a senator to represent them in our parliament, and I still hold to that. Over three decades ago a very wise Belizean proposed that Belize and the United States could both beneﬁt from an open door policy – that is that Belizeans and Americans could travel to and from Belize and the US without having to obtain a visa. Perhaps it was a measure of my naïveté that I was surprised by the heated opposition here in Belize to the consideration of the proposal. In retrospect, a lot of that opposition had to do with the simple fact that at the time we were still a colony and had not yet achieved Independence. I have to wonder how much different Belize would have been if we had made the attempt then, and succeeded. Please understand that the proposal wasn’t the late Mr. Meighan’s “Belize-USA: The Only Way” proposal. He wanted Belize to become a protectorate of the United States ala Guam and Puerto Rico. The proposal was simply that Belize should actively negotiate to ease travel restrictions between the countries for the citizens of both nations. Today Americans still don’t need a visa to come to Belize, but Belizeans need a visa to go the US. In light of the war on terror and the rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the US it seems unlikely that the US would even consider that proposal now. Certainly it would boost Belize in every conceivable way if we could enhance the accessibility of both countries to our citizens, and would go a long way to re-uniting and possible reviving a shattered community.
Where Dean should lead by following his son
By: Guest Columnist Rhenae Nunez’ regular column will return in next week’s edition of the National Perspective.
As someone who grew up in the bosom of a family and with strong ties to both my parents throughout my childhood, adolescence, young adult and mid adult life, I can hardly empathize with the man once known as Jamal “Shyne” Barrow’s, (also known
the neighbourhood gangstas and thugs since he was “rejected” by his powerful father. I can see why as an adult he could hardly wait to change his name, his identity, even his looks, and this latest attempt to sever even his cultural ties to that man, the father who rejected him. I am sympathetic because it could not have been, it can’t be an easy road for anyone. There is a larger lesson here, though, for us as a society. The
It would be difﬁcult to argue that an obviously intellectually gifted man, such as the former Jamal Barrow, is not jumping through psychological hoops as a result of growing up in the estrangement of being an “illegitimate” child.
as Moses Levy, now known as Moshe Levy Ben-David), recent rejection of both Belize and his father. There’s little reason to believe that the two men share a warm relationship, and nothing to suggest that the parents even have amicable feelings for each other after their extra marital affair. We do not know the details, and we hardly wish to pry into what was their private business, but we are forced to contemplate many of its aspects since the son and father has thrust them all into the public spotlight. The simple fact is that father and uncle are two of Belize’s most powerful politicians, and therefore this is a drama that has been playing out on Belize’s largest stage for the past few years. We didn’t make it up, and I haven’t heard anyone amongst the electorate say that they asked for it. There are those critics who will reﬂexively react defensively by labeling our analysis as the product of partisan politics but that is hardly the reality. The betrayal of a marriage, and perhaps even a family and a friendship, by a powerful and charismatic man is hardly news in Belize, especially in a society that continues to look the other way as a cultural reaction, despite the havoc the “thrown away” children phenomenon has reeked on this society. It would be difﬁcult to argue that an obviously intellectually gifted man, such as the former Jamal Barrow, is not jumping through psychological hoops as a result of growing up in the estrangement of being an “illegitimate” child. This is why his role models were
disintegration of the Belizean black community is the product of the disintegration of the Belizean black family. The men in our society are for the most part still in denial, even as the chaos and anarchy continue to rise and spread at an ever alarming rate. The men in this society need to face up to the problems their irresponsibility have created. Sure there is blame enough to go around since obviously it could not have been done without the complicity of the women, regardless of their reasons for doing so, but the greater responsibility for what was done, and what should be done, must be borne by men. We men, have to look deeply into the mirrors of our souls and “manup.” We love our children in our own ways but it is time to start saying so, and showing that that is the case. We have the lessons of our “leaders” to show that waiting until they are adults, raised for nearly the entire time by others without out personal and regular input, does not work. Dean Barrow probably assumed that he would be able to deal with his son when he was an adult. It didn’t work and I am sure that it tears at his heart to have his son, his child, reject him. He knows that he is deserving of the punishment of rejection, that “reward” for his irresponsibility, his inﬁdelity, his neglect, but it must hurt nonetheless. His comfort should be that he is not alone, that he is the leader of a society, a community of irresponsible, unfaithful, neglectful men, and that he should and can lead the way in addressing this pressing problem.
November 21th , 2010
Planes landing like flies!!! Continued from page 5
release “ASP Alton Alvarez, Ofﬁcer-in-charge for Independence Police along with other police ofﬁcers left en route to Bladden Village where between miles 56 and 57 they met BDF/B-SAG personnel. At the scene they secured a white twin engine Beechcraft aircraft 300-FA 137 with Black, Red and White in color with number N786B Super King Air 200. The aircraft was processed for ﬁnger prints. Also found at the scene was (1) Atlas brand car battery with 2 pieces of board which had (3) lights attached on both sides.” “Further checks between miles 59 and 60 led to a small white container truck with VIN# JDAMEO8J2RGF75162 that contained (23) 17-gallons plastic containers, (3) tank with about 500 gallons of aviation fuel and 3 fuel pumps. Also found were a total of 12 pine logs.” Our reports are that the village police ofﬁcer who ﬁrst located the van punctured both of the van’s front tires. The newspaper has also been told that the containers were 7 gallon containers and the tanks are 100 gallon tanks. The issue of how much fuel is in the van is an important one. Despite speculation to the contrary, most knowledgeable observers believe that the plane only stopped to be refueled, and there was no intention to off load the drug shipment here. The plane has a capacity of around 540 gallons, and an effective payload of approximately 3,800 pounds fully loaded. It is has an operational safe range of 1,500 to 1,800 nautical miles. Belize’s coastline is 1,100 miles from Colombia, and Miami, Florida is another 800 miles to the north. According to Channel 7 News,
Trafﬁcking in persons is as important and as lucrative as narco-trafficking. Our sources report that the pilot and a passenger were taken from the plane to Mango Creek and put on a boat. Who they are is anybody’s guess. Down South residents there report that there has been an increase in reports of hearing planes in the night over the past few weeks. The point, though, it is clearly not the ﬁrst time that there have been reports of hearing but not seeing unlit the drug payload, 80 bales and 17 parcels, weighed in at 5,704 pounds (or 2,604 kilos). This would suggest that the heavily loaded plane barely made it from Colombia. According to the ofﬁcial police release: “Searches by the police in the Hicatee Area about 5-10 yards inside some bushes led to the discovery of (1) GPS Garmin brand, (1) Iridium Satellite phone, (4) Hand Held radios, (2) RAYOVAC Flashlights, (1) Colt .223 semi-automatic riﬂe with Sr. No. 007865 with a magazine containing 5.56 rounds and 2 pairs of camouﬂage jackets. At around 5:00pm as a result of further searches in the area conducted by Police on a road at mile 65 near the Genus Saw Mill, about ¼ mile in, led to the discovery of 80 Bails of suspected COCAINE and 17 loose packs of suspected Cocaine. The drugs have since been secured by police and is being processed by Forensic personnel.” It should be noted that the Genus Saw Mill is hardly more than a few miles from where the plane was found, and that the police do not say exactly where the drug shipment was found. Was it hidden? Was it in a vehicle, or was it in the pan of a dump truck as our sources have indicated? A month ago on October 13th, a plane landed at the Sarteneja airstrip in Corozal and was refueled. Similarly a crew of men was arrested in wet pants and with fuel pumps a few hours later by the B-SAG unit near the Rio Hondo River. It was assumed then that the drug cargo had been ofﬂoaded and placed on a boat or boats and taken to Mexico for on-shipment to the United States. Today we are not so sure.
planes in the skies over the area. Knowledgeable residents can give you times and dates, and even show the disembarkation areas to Warrie Creek, which leads to the Deep River, and which runs from the Southern Highway to the sea. Then there is the coincidence of a report aired on television this week about a chartered plane from Guatemala that landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport last Thursday and disembarked ﬁve Colombians. It is a strange tale. Plane ﬂies in, passengers leave. A shipment of drugs with Cali Colombia cartel insignias is detected on Saturday. Sunday plane ﬂies out without its passengers but another plane arrives on the same day, picks up the passengers and takes off, presumably for Guatemala, and nobody checked to see if anyone had wet pants and muddy shoes.
Fined for armed robbery and wounding despite 5 previous convictions Belize City, Tues. Nov. 17
Shelton Moguel appeared in Magistrates’ Court # 8 today, where he was found guilty of robbery and wounding. The incident occurred on Sept 3rd around 11 pm in front of the residence of Weh Dung Lei, 33yr old Chinese business man of 8224 Mahogany Street in Belize City. Lei testiﬁed that on that night he was entering his yard when two men rode up on a bicycle one of whom got off, produced a ﬁrearm and demanded money. The man then searched him and relieved him of his Motorola cell phone, a pack of Benson and Hedges cigarettes, a lighter and $604 in cash. The other man searched his car but found nothing of value. Lei testiﬁed that Moguel also demanded a ﬁrearm and when he said that he had none Moguel struck him in the head. He would late receive four stitches for the injury. Shelton Moguel was picked up by police, and later identiﬁed by Lei in
a group I.D. parade. In his ruling Magistrate Emerson Banner, stated to the defendant that it was his own closing statement in which he argued that the complainant had a grudge against him because he had won Boledo, that established that the complainant did in fact know Moguel. Banner then sentenced Moguel, who has ﬁve previous convictions, two of which were for aggravated assault, to pay a ﬁne of $1,000 for the wounding conviction, and $6,000 for the robbery conviction, and $5 cost of court, in default 1 year for the wounding and six years for the robbery to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $2,000 by the close of business today. Moguel failed to beat the deadline and pay that portion of the ﬁne and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison. He has until next January 15th to pay the entire ﬁne or serve the default sentence of six years imprisonment.
November 21th , 2010
Aries-No new projects, no big moves this week however, all systems go. Be a power player at work, socialize like a maniac or make something happen in the love department. Then it’s all about the almighty cash (or lack of it) around further in the week. Think about the intersection between ﬁnancials and values, and where you are with it. Thing are moving fast this weekend, but you’re more than capable of keeping up. Just don’t get ahead of yourself with your words (spoken, emailed, text-messaged or otherwise). Taurus-A far-fetched idea deﬁnitely has components you can use this
week, so don’t dismiss it outright. Go at your own pace, even if somebody’s trying to hurry you along. Where’s the ﬁre, anyway? On that note, things look rather hot for you towards weekend. That practicality of yours is coupled with extra charm, energy and sexiness - get out and strut your stuff. This weekend, however, your practicality may go missing. Avoid making any big decisions -you’re liable to let an impulse get the best of you.
Gemini-What you do this week will make a big impression, for better or worse -consider how you want people to think of you. A friend or a mentor may chime in, let them - it’s always good to get a fair and balanced opinion of how you’re being perceived. Life demands your concentration; you’ll get the most out of it by paying extra attention and asking lots of questions. This weekend, though, you can be a social butterﬂy or just ﬂit from one great idea to the next.
Cancer-What (or who) you know isn’t nearly as interesting as the un-
known quantities, take care when interacting with your boss, a bossy friend, your mom, the police ... you get the picture? Take a deep breath and choose those words carefully. (They probably don’t mean it personally.) People love to hear your stories, and they just want to be around you. Leaving them wanting more is never a bad idea. This weekend, you might just be in the mood to make a splash. Leave that shell behind!
Leo- The beginning of the week could ﬁnd you head over heels or, alternately, ready to run. Just you wait until the stars send you new information, fresh fabulousness and even a stellar opportunity for growth (both solo and with your sweetie!). It’s tempting to push limits towards the weekend, but it’s a better idea to wait and see (emphasis on the observation -- you’ll learn a lot now). You’re the life of the party (naturally!), with friends and a cutie loving you even more than usual. Virgo-Be ready to agree to disagree and do give the other person’s opinion some honest consideration. Double-check your receipts, count your change and rerun any numbers. You might just catch a mistake that would’ve cost you. Branching out is favored towards weekend. Try a different cuisine, challenge your mind with a great book or hang out with a new person, and feel that mind expand. Take care when communicating remember the value of showing as well as telling, and of asking questions while you’re at it.
Libra-Even if you have your priorities all set you might not get to the most
important things -c’est la vie. Then you make the most progress when you balance your aims with those of a pertinent party (like your boss, a partner or a relative). Building the relationship is probably more important than getting exactly what you want. Keep things on the lighter side to make life easier and brighter. You’ll be getting to some more intense intellectual or emotional stuff this weekend anyway.
Scorpio-Good thing you love mysteries, because some for you (there may even be a romantic puzzle to solve). While you may want to take a freeform, go-with-the-ﬂow approach, a plan and a steady pace will get you further, faster. Prepare for competition and avoid letting yourself be ambushed and consider some unusual tactics (make them an ally or kill them with kindness, for instance). It’s best not to work this weekend, but if you must, give it your total concentration or risk slip-ups. Sagittarius-Absentminded might describe you best as the week begins,
and it might take some effort to stay dialed in to the state of your heart. However, you’re 100 percent present and hot as heck. Taking an imaginative approach -- sending messages that could only come from you, planning a weird and wonderful date -only makes things bigger and better. You’re smart enough to know that the little things count a lot in the realm of romance.
Capricorn-Your creative input is very valuable and you know the right
way to communicate it, too. It’s important to get to the bottom of any stress you might be feeling. Is it job related? Or regarding a certain relationship? Think it through, and get some exercise, too - it’ll help clear your head. Your energy’s those days are full of accomplishment, while the nights might just provide fun and romance. If someone’s talking a lot this weekend, ask yourself if they’re actually saying much of substance.
Aquarius-A detour may be more alluring and lead more interesting places than the road more traveled. You’ll want some fresh food for thought, because the week ﬁnd you ready to make some giant intellectual leaps. You can really put the pieces together now and ﬁll in the gaps. If you’re bored, it’s your own fault. Even minor experiences are offering oddities and acquaintances that’ll fascinate if you give them the chance. Pisces-Your creative powers are pretty stunning this week, so use
that imagination at work and at play. If you feel like someone’s not being straight with you, lead by example -- put your cards on the table and ask what they’ve got up their sleeve. It’s surprising how much a forthright question can prompt. The stars are sending you some lovely, loving energy, whoever’s close to you is lucky indeed, with relationships of all sorts.
Births Lanae Laneesha to Lansden Victor Blease and Therese Marie Bleae neeDiego Amir Nathan to Alvin and Gregoria Shol nee Coc Justin Joesahia to Jose Antonio and Elean del Carmen Linarez nee Lecayo Jaslyn Joselyn to Marco Serrano and Brenda Nedemia Serrano neeVelasquez Armid Conry to derrick Isiah and Michele Melanie Borland nee Perez Isaac Daren to Agosto Erasmo Cal and Felicita al nee Pop Christopher Antonio to Walter Antonio Aguilar Briana Rashel to Douglas Jose Rodriguez and Concepcion Rodriguez nee Diaz Madison Alyssa to Delbert Amos Jr. and Rebecca Fabiani Rhaburn nee Castillo
Alex David Grifﬁth, 29, to Kimberly Deanne Staine, 23 both of Belize City Admir Arturo Cantun, 26 of San Jose Palmar to Manuela Luisa Ayuso, 34 of Orange Walk Town Elton Rodel Edwards, 26 to Mariela Martha Cardenes, 22 both of Western Paradise, Belize District Daniel Gongora, 73 to Daisey Wilhemina Watson, 83 both of Unitedville, Cayo District Ernest Gillett, 47 to Rose Marie Coleman, 30 both of Unitedville, Cayo District Miguel Angel Meitin of Placencia, Stann Creek to Marianne Purdy Papet of Glassboro,New Jersey, USA Michael Daniel Heinrich to Deana Simone de Haven both of Austin, Texas, USA Heinrich Neufeld to Helena Wiebe both of Shipyard, Orange Walk Stephen Mark Kent, 47 to Marianelie del Socorro Wickering, 50 both of Darlington County, Durham, UK Stephen Howe of Utah, USA to Claudia Mejia of Lords Bank, Belize Reynaldo Botes to Lorena Leticia Williams both of Libertad, Corozal Clay Charles Belk to Kristen Joyce Potts both of Oklahoma, USA Ramon Botes to Carmen Gongora both of Libertad, Corozal Hopeton Craig Edwards to Vanessa Paula Usher both of Ladyville, Belize Nathan Nahor Pratt to Eldy Janette Landero both of Ladyville, Belize Xavier Antonio Landverde, 27 to Melanie Evet Mendez 26 both of Belmopan Justin Kevin West to Kimberly Anita Allen both of Belize City Lee Roger Reimer to Gizelle Franci Young both of Benque, Cayo Alister Teul to Cirvilla Cariwe Ical both of San pedro Columbia, Toledo Kristian Vladimir Rios to Stephanie Melissa Acosta both of Rhaburn Ridge, Belize Clint Crescencio Castillo to Karen Amanda Quiros both of Cotton Tree, Cayo
Deaths Edgar Hernandez, 18 Hubert henry Bucknor, 86 Arnelia Bardalez Guy, 78 Maria Iliana Fernandez Stuart, 43
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November 21th , 2010
HEAlTHY LIVING Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview
Arthritis is a general term that means inﬂammation in a joint. Joint inﬂammation is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain within the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic arthritis that typically occurs in joints on both sides of the body (such as hands, wrists, or knees). This symmetry helps distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other types of arthritis. In addition to affecting the joints, rheumatoid arthritis may occasionally affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves. What Are the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis? Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include: Joint pain and swelling, Stiffness, especially in the morning or after sitting for long periods, and Fatigue Rheumatoid arthritis affects everyone differently. For some, joint symptoms develop gradually over several years. In others, rheumatoid arthritis may progress rapidly and while other people may have rheumatoid arthritis for a limited period of time and then enter a period of remission. Who Gets Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the U.S. population. While it is two to three times more common in women than in men, men tend to be more severely affected when they get it. It usually occurs in middle age, however, young children and the elderly also can develop rheumatoid arthritis. What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors. With rheumatoid arthritis, something seems to trigger the immune system to attack the joints and sometimes other organs. Some theories suggest that a virus or bacteria may alter the immune system, causing it to attack the joints. Other theo-
ries suggest that smoking may lead to the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Research hasn’t completely determined exactly what role genetics plays in rheumatoid arthritis. However, some people do seem to have a genetic or inherited factor that increases their chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis. How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect the Body? Once the immune system is triggered, immune cells migrate from the blood into the joints and jointlining tissue, called synovium. There the immune cells produce inﬂammatory substances. The increased number of cells and inﬂammatory substances within the joint cause irritation, wearing down of cartilage (cushioning material at the end of bones), and swelling and inﬂammation of the joint lining. Inﬂammation of the joint lining stimulates it to produce excessive joint ﬂuid within the joint. As the cartilage wears down, the space between the bones narrows. If the condition worsens, the bones could rub against each other. As the joint lining expands, it may invade into, or erode, the adjacent bone, resulting in bone damage that is referred to as erosions. All of these factors cause the joint to become very painful, swollen, and warm to the touch. How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed? The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on a combination of factors, including: The speciﬁc location and symmetry of painful joints, especially the hand joints, The presence of joint stiffness in the morning, Presence of bumps and nodules under the skin (rheumatoid nodules), Results of X-ray tests that suggest rheumatoid arthritis, and Positive results of a blood test called the rheumatoid factor. Most, but not all, people with rheumatoid arthritis have the rheumatoid-
factor antibody in their blood. (Rheumatoid factors are actually antibodies that bind other antibodies.) Rheumatoid factor may sometimes be present in people who do not have rheumatoid arthritis. Other diseases can also cause the rheumatoid factor to be produced in the blood. Therefore, the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on a combination of joint abnormalities as well as laboratory information and not just the presence of the rheumatoid factor in the blood. A newer, more speciﬁc blood test for rheumatoid arthritis is the cylic citrulline antibody test, also called anti-CCP. When positive, it is highly suggestive of rheumatoid arthritis. The presence of anti-CCP antibodies implies a tendency toward a more aggressive form of rheumatoid arthritis. People with rheumatoid arthritis may have a mild anemia. Blood tests may also reveal an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, which are markers of inﬂammation. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis may also have a positive antinuclear antibody test (ANA). This test is indicative of the fact that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and sometimes overlaps with other autoimmune disorders. How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated? There are many different ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments include medications, rest and exercise, and surgery to correct damage to the joint. The type of treatment will depend on several factors including the person’s age, overall health, medical history, and severity of the arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications There are many rheumatoid arthritis medications available to decrease joint pain, swelling, and inﬂammation. Some of these drugs prevent or minimize the progression of the disease. Drugs that offer relief of arthritis symptoms (joint pain, stiffness, and
swelling) include: Anti-inﬂammatory painkiller drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, Topical (applied directly to the skin) pain relievers, Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and Narcotic pain relievers. There are also many strong medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. These medicines usually work by interfering with or suppressing the immune system’s attack on the joints. They include: Plaquenil (originally used to treat malaria), Immune suppression drugs such as methotrexate, Imuran, and Cytoxan, Biologic treatments, such as Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, Orencia, and Rituxan, Other drugs, such as Azulﬁdine and Arava Why Is Rest and Exercise Important for Rheumatoid Arthritis? A balance of rest and exercise is important in treating rheumatoid arthritis. During ﬂare-ups (worsening of joint inﬂammation), it is best to rest the joints that are inﬂamed. This may be accomplished by the temporary use of a cane or joint splints. When joint inﬂammation is decreased, guided exercise programs are necessary to maintain ﬂexibility of the joints and to strengthen the muscles that surround the joints. Range-of-motion exercises should be done regularly to maintain joint mobility. When Is Surgery Necessary for Rheumatoid Arthritis? When joint damage from the rheumatoid arthritis has become severe or pain is not controlled with drugs, surgery may be an option to help restore function to a damaged joint. Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Be Cured? Although there is not yet a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, early, aggressive treatment has been shown to help prevent disability.
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November 21th , 2010
SSB Mortgages Belizeans Future !! It’s your Money...
SSB Chairman Lois Young Barrow
Dennis Jones, Political Appointee
Ariel Mitchell, Political Appointee
VOTED ALONG POLITICAL LINES WHY THE RUSH?? THEY VOWED TO HAVE THEIR WAY
Paul Jones, Political Appointee
Risky $50 Million dollars Investment
Risky $50 Million dollars Investment
Unions: What’s The Rush
Business: No Trust this investment
Voted to protect your money
Protecting the Belizean Worker Dylan Reneau
Ms Elena Smith
Ms Lourdes Smith
Is Barrow’s Agenda the People’s Agenda? Where is the Transparency and Accountability?