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December 15, 2011

In cash strapped Belize, It happened before in the Sugar Industry, in the Citrus Industry and now in the Rice Industry and the excuse for non-payment is always the same, because of some unexpected glitch with the Bank. On Thursday over 100 small rice farmers from the Big Falls area in Toledo protested when they showed up to receive their final payment for grains delivered to the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation and they were told that that there was no money With just one week before Christmas Filberto Sho who is a rice farmer and

Hustle and MisFarmers conduct at Western Money Border Immigration

spoke out on behalf of his fellow famers said that it was the deadline for last payment was today and they need their money to defray expenses and take care of their families over the Christmas Season. Burns Mendez, accountant for BMDC asked the rice farmers for patience, Burns Mendez for the BMDC said that they had an agreement with the Farmers Association in the south that would have made part payment for the first 50 percent for the mechanized farmers which is a total of 425,884.64 However, on the first of December they were only able to pay $200,000.00 to the mechanized farmers,

last week we made another payment of a $100,000.00 which is $300,000.00 to the mechanized farmers, owing them $125,884.64. The milpa farmers had gotten already the first 50% paid fully to them however as agreed with Mr. Canto in the south there was a meeting that they had with the farmers that the remaining balance of payment for the milpa farmers which would be the full 100% would have been paid by the 15th of December. Burns said that due to some administrative problems they were unable to meet the payment and promised that the disbursing of

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Clean Bill of Health for the ‘Port of Belize’

Luke Espat Friday: December 16th 2011

Belize City: Contrary to widespread rumors over the last few weeks circulated by 7News’ mischief-maker Jules Vasquez to the effect that the Belize Bank has been accelerating their attempts to take-over the Port of Belize, Belize Bank Executive Chairman, Lyndon Giuseppe this week made it absolutely clear that the bank has no business with the ‘Port of Belize’. Giuseppe further stated that “There’s no attempt on the

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bank’s part to take over the Port. In fact, the bank is not a lender with the Port; the Port is not a borrower with the bank. So that is speculation, but it is a little more than speculation. It is, in fact, incorrect to suggest that the bank is trying to take over the Port. The Belize Bank has no loans to the Port of Belize. It is obvious that Vasquez’ baseless information is being to him by other overzealous affiliates who are hell-bent on building a rift between the Ashcroft Alliance and

Lord Michael Ashcroft

Belizean businessman Luke Espat. It is also election time, and it is obvious that there is an agenda to instigate public opinion by the United Democratic Party during this election period and give Prime Minister Barrow the opportunity to comment on these speculations for political purpose. And even though the Belize Bank Executive Chairman Lyndon Giuseppe said on national TV that it was a

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Media reports circulating both in Belize and in neighboring countries is accusing two Belize Immigration Officers attached to the Belize Western Border of extortion and sexual assault against two female tourists who arrived at the point of entry on Wednesday November 16th with the intention of legally entering Belize. The women who were travelling together are identified as Xenia Paz Bardalez of Honduras and Yolanda Pineda of Mexican Nationality who were denied entry into the country, after at least one of them did not have proper travel documents. The women were then accused of lying during the brief interview and were then locked up. The women told their family members that they were in custody for three hours and added that during that time they were sexually assaulted by the two rogue elements that made sexual advances at them and in the end when their attempts failed, they demanded $10,000 pesos for their release. Relatives of the women came into Belize to expose this misconduct to the Belize authorities. According to Alejandro Monjaraz and Dr. Carlos Barrachina Lison, the Honduran woman had her passport and visa to travel to Mexico in order and was accompanying the Mexican woman. The Mexican told Belizean Immigration authorities that her passport was stolen whilst visiting in Honduras and she was returning to Mexico seeking permission through Belize to travel back to Mexico on the strength of a ‘Temporary Pass’ and her ID issued to her by Mexican Consular Office in Honduras but the Belize Immigration officers refused to honor the ‘Pass’ as a legal document and that is how the

devious scheme started. The Immigration Officers in question have since been identified as Edgar Cano and another by the name of ‘Walter’. A formal complaint of the officers’ misconduct was made in writing and delivered to the office of the Director of Immigration, where an internal investigation has been initiated. On Thursday, Belize’s Deputy Director of Immigration, Maria Marin announced that while she couldn’t go into the specifics of the investigation, her department is looking into the matter. Marin said that officers who are accused of misconduct were given a copy of the complaint and are expected to formally respond within a certain time frame, along with any supporting documents or evidence for their defense. Marin says she has requested an interview with the women both orally and in writing, through their emissary Dr. Carlos Barrachina who we interviewed last night however, both women are already back in their respective countries, and this might complicate the departments effort to interview them which will impede any official investigation because the Immigration Authorities want an oral interview and complaint for the Department to apply any kind of penalty against the rogue officers. Marin says without the opportunity to personally interview them, the case against the two officers might lack teeth. Barranchina said he does not believe it is necessary to drag the women back into Belize but added that that decision is totally up to them. Meanwhile, the Immigration Officers in question are still at the border point without as much as a reprimand.


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Contributed by: the Belize Audubon Society (BAS).

It is meant to inform, educate and mobilize Belizeans to action on environmental issues highlighting the interconnectedness of environmental issues with other sectors of society. In mid-February 2010 the preliminary results of the 2009 poverty assessment were made public. They were grim but perhaps not surprising to many. The findings classified 43% of the population as poor, with a further 14% of households deemed vulnerable to poverty. In other words, 57% or more than half of all Belizean households are either poor or susceptible to being poor. But what does being POOR mean? Many of us can relate to being “bruk”, but does that make us poor? According to the World Bank, “A person is considered poor if his or her consumption or income level falls below some minimum level necessary to meet basic needs. This minimum level is usually called the “poverty line””. Put simply, poor people have difficulty meeting their basic human needs—food, shelter, water and clothing. Unfortunately, the Belizean situation is not unique, global statistics indicate that one in five people in the world live in poverty. These first reported findings of the poverty report can serve as a reminder to Belize that sustainable development is integral to the discussion of poverty reduction. At a macro level, poverty and more importantly increasing poverty, makes us question the planet’s capacity to sustain the almost 7 billion people living on it and its ability to provide them with the resources they need to survive. At a local level attaining a long-term solution to poverty, that is, meeting our basic needs means achieving a balance between the social, economic and environmental aspects of development. So how exactly is poverty linked to conservation? We often refer to Belize as a jewel: lush green forest, colourful birds, clear blue waters and an abundance of marine life. These things have existed and can continue to exist if left on their own. The reality is, however, that they share their existence with humans. Humans, who have always looked to nature to fulfil their basic needs: plants for food and medicine; trees for boats, homes, and firewood; animals for food and skins. When the population was small, the demand for natural resources was small, but as the population grew and consumerism evolved, the impacts we create have also grown. The more we develop, the larger our footprint has become.

Conservation and......Poverty

Conservation aims at re-focusing attention on our use of these natural resources. Conservation, according to the IUCN/WWF/UNEP World Conservation Strategy, is “the maintenance of essential ecological processes and life-support systems, the preservation of genetic diversity, and the sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems”. It is important to note that conservation is more than protection of biodiversity, it includes sustainable use, which is vital to our maintenance of the many environmental services we benefit from nature. But more importantly, conservation aims to maintain the benefits we derive from nature, which contribute to all dimensions of human wellbeing (subsistence, economic, cultural, and spiritual). The benefits of conservation are often perceived as minimal and having no direct market value, and the costs and benefits of conservation are usually unevenly distributed in society. But conservation efforts are necessary from a human perspective as poverty and biodiversity are integrally intertwined. The reality is that only if conservation succeeds will the long term usage of natural resources and benefits be felt by locals. Biodiversity serves to sustain livelihoods at the subsistence level and contributes to generation of income and economic opportunities. It has been seen that when people are poor they are often forced to overuse their resources for their survival due to lack of alternatives (leading to a vicious cycle of poverty and resource degradation). Additionally, losses in biodiversity and changes in ecosystem services have caused a decline in human well-being, especially for the poor in rural areas who depend directly on ecosystems and their services for survival. Natural resources are the “wealth of

the poor” and conservation of these resources contributes directly to poverty reduction. The reality… In the long run, unsustainable land, water and natural resource use will reduce the social and economic benefits to humans provided by the environment. The following are some examples of how the environment is a core component of social and economic development: Livelihoods: Poor people tend to be most dependent on the environment and natural resources, and thus most affected when the environment is degraded. Livelihoods and food security of the poor often depend directly on the natural resources available to them through farming, livestock rearing, fishing, etc. Unsustainable practices in the latter have led to: over-fishing, which has depleted global fish stocks wiping out the livelihoods of small-scale subsistence fishermen and women; deforestation, which not only removes trees but also top soil vital for replanting and farming, destroying any further use of the land. In addition, misuse of resources has diminished the full range of ecosystem services such as water, food, medicinal plants and shelter. Health: As poor land management becomes more prevalent, soil degradation and erosion have led to reduced crop yields making many, especially children, susceptible to malnutrition. Water, often referred to as the elixir of life, is one of the natural resources most susceptible to environmental degradation. Pollution of water sources can render them unusable by the masses, furthermore contributing to the spread of water-borne diseases. Vulnerability: Poverty is a key factor contributing to vulnerability as poor people are most likely exposed

to environmental hazards. Their inability to access justice in environment-related matters, environmental injustice is exacerbated among the poor as they are often at a disadvantage, suffering from environmental risks or hazards. Examples of environmental injustice can be found all around the world. For instance mining cultures, around the world, have been known to employ the poor, illiterate and uneducated to work in the mines for nominal pay, in a high risk profession with serious health repercussions. These people suffer great injustice as a result of their low socioeconomic status and limited political influence. The poor are hit the hardest when the land, water and air they breathe are polluted as they have limited options due to their financial situation. The Haitian Earthquake of 2010 is a further example as the nation’s impact and projected recovery time is a testament to the poors’ increased vulnerability and low capacity to cope and adapt with calamities. Local examples Livelihoods: Fishing within Belizean waters has traditionally been very productive. In fact within the Caribbean region, the waters of

Page 3 Belize have been described as largely underutilized. Whether this is reality or not, we face competition from other countries for this resource which is becoming exceedingly limited globally. Fishing is an industry dependent on a natural resource that if not properly managed could economically affect a significant amount of livelihoods. For this reason, caution must be paid to nations who have exploited their resources and are looking for new territories to plunder. Most Latin American countries suffer great inequities in poverty, minimal access to land, little agriculturally viable land, in other words, they suffer a land shortage for the poor and less privileged. Belize, on the other hand, is still seen within the region as having land, which our neighbours illegally access. Further examples of exploitation of resources include local biodiversity such as Xate, Yellow Headed Parrots, and Scarlet Macaws which with economic drivers such as the impoverished state of our neighbours and high prices in Guatemala have promoted their extraction by any means. These actions are in direct conflict with the conservation efforts of Belize and have proven particularly difficult to deal with. We also see an increase in locals acquiring natural resources by any means necessary. The bottom line…. Conservation is a feat so large that it cannot be addressed by one organization, or even one sector of society. Conservation affects everyone and every aspect of society as such it must be the responsibility of everyone. To Quote the Native American leader Chief Seattle “What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” We all have a role to play.


Page 4 Dec. 9 is bittersweet for Europe: at a summit in Brussels, its leaders struck a deal that might save its beleaguered currency, euro -- but at the expense of the European Union itself. The deal could mark a turning point in the raging euro crisis if it convinces jittery markets that, by way of strict budget rules, member countries can claw their way out of debt woes. It is potentially historic, taking the continent deep into fiscal integration and union as the member states concede sovereignty on taxation and spending to a central authority. The problem is the E.U. isn’t heading into this adventure as one. Ten hours of tense talks failed to persuade U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to sign up to the pact, and so the other 26 member states agreed to forge ahead on without Britain. Cameron argued that the planned deal would threaten key British interests, including its financial markets and the preeminence of the City of London as Europe’s financial capital. And so he vetoed an amendment of the full-union treaty. Hence, the others had to take a different route to an agreement: the intergovernmental agreement they will hammer out by March will be written outside the E.U.’s legal framework. Despite their much anticipated announcement early Friday of a crucial pact to confront Europe’s surging debt crisis, the leaders who agreed to the deal might want to consider renaming their mutual club the European Disunion all the same. Because while the main focus of the accord was supposed to be the sweeping debt-reduction rules to which signatories will bind themselves, most of the attention was instead directed to the four countries — led by Britain — that refused or hesitated to join their 23 European partners in the new effort to quell the region’s financial and economic turmoil. And in agreeing to disagree on the new treaty, leaders made it clear that the European Union is far from unified, even in crisis. “What was on offer is not in Britain’s interest, so I didn’t agree to it,” U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters on Friday during a break in the Brussels summit. He had gone to the meeting on a mission impossible — to reconcile the desires of his Euroskeptic backbenchers, his Europhile Liberal Democrat coalition partners and his fellow European leaders. “We’re not in the euro, and I’m glad we’re not in the euro. We’re never going to join the euro, and we’re never going to give up this kind of sovereignty that these countries are having to give up,” he said. Some observers believe the

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Global How Brussels’ Deal May Save the Euro but Not the E.U.

split is more significant than the deal itself, with Britain drifting into isolation and perhaps irrelevance. Indeed, by trying to preserve the city’s paramount financial position, Cameron may have made Britain’s entire financial industry vulnerable to future E.U. restrictions -- making London’s diminution as Europe’s business capital inevitable. “It is conceivable that a different British government could seek to reverse this disastrous opt-out,” says Charles Grant, director of the Center for European Reform, a London-based think tank. “More likely, Britain will continue on a path towards isolation, perhaps even leaving the E.U. itself.” But there are two sides to every story, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy — who, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, spearheaded the drive for the new agreement on debt — lamented: “We would have preferred to have treaty reform among all 27 [members], but that wasn’t possible due to the position of our British friends.” What some reports call “virile” disagreements during the negotiations basically centered on British concerns that increased regulation and taxation of financial services might harm the City of London as Europe’s finance capital. Germany and France had previously pledged to impose greater regulation and taxation of their financial markets, a move they expect E.U. partners to follow. “David Cameron made a proposal that seemed to us unacceptable, a protocol to the treaty that would have exonerated the United Kingdom from a great number of financial-service regulations,” Sarkozy stated early Friday, noting this wasn’t the

first time the U.K. has opposed tighter collective rules that its European partners have called for. “We consider, to the contrary, that part of the troubles of the world come from the lack of regulation of financial services.” The general architecture of the agreement that emerged from Brussels was imposed by Germany and France. The U.K. cutting itself off from the continent clearly delighted French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has long viewed Britain’s open economic policies as anathema to traditional Gallic dirigisme. The French President believes this offers a way for France to reassert its influence over European policymaking. He called it “a summit that will go down in history.” But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the apostle of across-the-union austerity, was furious: she appreciates British pragmatism and liberalism in economic debates as a vital counterweight to the loose policies of many southern E.U. members. Nevertheless, she said Cameron’s demands for opt-outs to protect Britain’s financial sector were unacceptable. Sarkozy said the agreement would be negotiated over the next three months and then ratified by national leaders. The pact will cover the 17 countries using the single currency -- and will apply to nine others who are not but may in the future. It is likely to lead to new laws in areas that the E.U. already regulates: financial regulation, labor markets, corporate-tax harmonization and the introduction of a tax on financial transactions. Those new rules on financial regulation will almost certainly affect Britain, which will have no say in how the legislation will be drafted. As a refuse-

nik, Britain will be cut out of key decisionmaking. The larger question remains: Will the agreement provide the stability and credibility that the euro zone is craving? It reflects Merkel’s belief in fiscal rigor through budget discipline and austerity. But such rigors may not satisfy the financial markets. They may be concerned about the deal’s cumbersome enforcement mechanisms; they are also wary about the absence of any mutualization of euro-zone sovereign debt -- the creation of the so-called euro bonds. They will also wonder why there was no agreement to boost the firepower of the euro’s bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, which remains capped at €500 billion ($670 billion), an amount far less than many experts believe is sufficient to deal with current and future crises of national debt. Indeed, the markets seem increasingly convinced that greater integration and union are the only ways to

solve the euro crisis -- and what emerged from Brussels may not satisfy them. Another test will be how the European Central Bank (ECB) responds. Its potential role as lender of last resort is seen as crucial in the short term. (It played no formal role in the summit but, in the run-up, ECB President Mario Draghi supported calls for a strong fiscal union to ensure the euro’s long-term credibility. Afterward, Draghi hinted that the deal offered the reassurances needed for the ECB to continue to buy the bonds of troubled large countries like Italy and Spain. “It’s going to be the basis for a good fiscal compact and more disciplined economic policy in euro-area countries,” Draghi said on Dec. 9. The summit laid a huge emphasis on how a sense of unity was needed to pull the E.U. out of crisis. It has emerged with an almost unity -- with the estrangement of Britain making almost a word of profound historical significance. The agreement may well be known as the “E.U.-minus-Britain” pact. Cameron made his move for domestic reasons, to calm the Euroskeptics among his supporters. The British Prime Minister claimed that he was not alone in standing aside from the agreement, that the Czech Republic, Sweden, Hungary and Denmark initially hesitated to join in. Yet by the end of the summit, even those four indicated their willingness to sign up, subject to consultations with their parties and parliaments at home. Being slightly removed from Europe may have had its advantages -- inoculation against the euro crisis, for example -- but about half of Britain’s trade is with the rest of the E.U. Who knows what the repercussions may be. Still, the sentiments are not new. As that much used British headline (and metaphor of insularity) goes: “Fog over Channel, Continent Cut Off.”


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Prince Harry will visit Belize: Royal Family plans for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee unveiled!

Clean Bill of Health for the ‘Port of Belize’ Continued from page 1

speculation that was incorrect, Jules Vasquez was at it again in his Friday’s newscast getting a comment from the Prime Minister Barrow. Barrow told 7NEWS that his government had interest on what happens at the Port of Belize. Barrow added that he had spoken to both Luke Espat, owner of Port of Belize and Mr. Giuseppe and it might be fair to suggest that Giuseppe must have made it clear to him that the bank is not a lender with the Port; the Port is not a bor-

rower with the bank just as he publicly stated this week. However, Barrow had much to say but mostly to further his political agenda especially to instigate public opinion and try to pull the wool over the eyes of Belizeans as we enter into the upcoming electoral season. The Port of Belize has seen many positive changes ever since it left government control and was taken over by Luke Espat. All these changes have had positive changes on the lives of its workforce and facilitated more added convenience to

its corporate customers. Despite all the noise surrounding the Cruise Terminal Investment, it was the UDP Government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow that worked tirelessly to undermine the realization of this project, which would have benefited more than 5,000 Belizean especially those in the poverty-stricken Southside Belize City. Furthermore, the Unions and Belizeans workers have made it absolutely clear that they won’t allow Ashcroft to take over ownership of the Port of Belize.

New Belikin Sorrel Stout is a Hit in Belize

The Royal Family in England has announced that members of the royal family will be visiting various parts of the world in 2012 as part of a celebration to commemorate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. As part of the Royal Family plan, Prince Harry also referred to as The Happy Prince, will visit Belize and other Caribbean countries. Queen Elizabeth II, monarch and her husband Prince Phillip will confine themselves to visits around Britain. Prince Harry’s visit to Belize is the first official overseas trip unaccompanied, a visit that will also take him to Jamaica and the Bahamas. His older brother, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are being sent east to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will tour Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. As part of the plan, The Duke of York gets to visit India and the Princess Royal goes to Mozambique and Zambia while their younger brother, the Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, get the rest of the West Indies and Gibraltar. The Duke of Gloucester will go to the British Virgin Islands and Malta, while the Falkland Islands and Uganda will receive an official visit from the Duke of Kent, who visited Belize in 1981 on the occasion of the achievement of the country’s Independence. There has been no official announcement on the date of the visit of Prince Harry to Belize. THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal

Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United Kingdom during 2012. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, supported by other members of the Royal Family, will be travelling as widely as possible across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Details of the programme will include: 29th March North London 26th – 27th April Wales 1st – 2nd May South West England 15th May South London 16th – 17th May North West England 2nd – 5th June Central Weekend 13th – 14th June East Midlands and East Anglia 25th June and 25th July South East England 2nd – 6th July S c o t land (Holyrood Week) 11th – 12th July West Midlands 18th – 19th July North East England In addition, members of the Royal Family will travel overseas representing The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. Her Majesty has asked that these visits include the following: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea The Prince of Wales: Channel Islands, Isle of Man The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu Prince Harry: Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas The Duke of York: India The Earl and Countess of Wessex: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Gibraltar,

Sorrel Stout is the latest creation of the very own Belizean brewmaster Nolan Michael. It is an authentic Belizean original – The Belize Brewing Co. Ltd. very first seasonal stout using the traditional Belikin Stout. It hit the market at the beginning of the month, but guess what? The stock of Sorrel Stout was completely depleted in only 10 days. If you have not sampled the new Sorrel Stout and had been meaning to, then you will have to wait a bit as the brew master is back at distilling a new stock. The Sorrel Stout is only intended to be out during the Holiday Season and the first batch was suppose to satisfy the thirst of stout lovers. But the Sorrel Stout has piqued the interest of other regular beer drinkers which has unexpectedly caused the depletion of the Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago The Princess Royal: Mozambique, Zambia The Duke of Gloucester: British Virgin Islands, Malta The Duke of Kent: Falkland Islands, Uganda Further details of the regional and overseas visits will be announced in due course.

first batch really early. So the Sorrel Stout is in short supply and extinguished in some establishments around the country. Some stout drinkers and new found lovers of the Sorrel will just have to wait a bit longer until a new batch is rolled. “We didn’t anticipate such a high demand and I must say that we are happy for that.” Commented David Vasquez, Sales & Marketing Mgr., Belize Brewing Co. to Belize City media. “We are currently in the process of doing a follow up brew which will provide the market with another 3,000 to 3,500 cases. It was a limited product from the day of planning and the success of this product this year was the gauge for what we will do in subsequent years.” The Sorrel Stout uses the regular Belikin Stout as its

base, which includes roasted, extra special and caramel malts. That is then masterfully blended with the traditional Sorrel to create this wonderfully rich full body stout that has a sweet yet subtle sorrel flavor. Because the sorrel extract is sugar based the alcohol content is enhanced with additional fermenting to a potent 7% abv. Although technically it is a bit stronger, the sweet yet subtle tastes leaves little or no indication of its potency. Each case sells wholesale for $54.95 and our MSRP is $3.50 at a retail outlet near you. Look out for the distinctive red sorrel stout crown which differentiates the product from our regular Belikin and Belikin Stout. Check your favorite hangout to see if they still have the new Sorrel Stout available!

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Page 6 The real estate industry on Ambergris Caye has grown rapidly over the years and holding onto a piece of beachfront property is considered wealth by many but ownership turnover is on fast track and keeping track of ownership of properties is taken for granted. Coupled with corruption within the Registry office of the Ministry of Natural Resources, and inadequate communication between related offices, the scenario is a perfect for properties to be disputed between two owners. One such case involves three US citizens who live in Los Osos, California USA who are claiming that they were scammed out of their property located in the Bella Vista area on Ambergris Caye. The National Perspective has learnt that real estate agent Lincoln Eiley has established that a prime beachfront property on northern Ambergris Caye, belonging to his clients, Martha Lewis, Brandford and Frederick Dow Jr., was illegally obtained and is being marketed by local realtors. The land in question is recorded as Deed of Gift 2087/95 at the Lands Department and located directly between Mitch Marques’ property and Azul Resort. The 1.3 acres plot of beachfront property belonged to Patricia and Fredrick Dow Sr. who purchased it from Apolonio Almilla on the 29th of August 1980. By a Deed of Gift, the couple passed on the property to their three children in September of 1995 and has remained in their names.

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Dispute Brew over ownership of Bella Vista beach property

A spokesperson for the San Pedro Town Council explained that while they do not have record for that particular property, tax on Deed of Gift 2087/95 is current up to 2011. According to Eiley, he has exclusive listing for the property and is the only authorized person in Belize to market the property and so far, the property in question legally belongs to his clients. Eiley claims that “the property now seemly is vested under an “un-named” defendant while Milo Paz Jr., Mario Rodriguez, Pedro “Jimbo” Vasquez and Juan

Alamilla seem to be the agents trying to sell or sold my clients land.” While the Dows have held a Deed of Gift since 1995 tracing back to 1980, documents obtained verified by the Ministry of Natural Resources shows that one David Carlos Balona of a DFC Area address in San Pedro Town obtained Titled Absolute for the same parcel of land. The title, now registered at the Lands Department as Parcel 9627 was obtained on the 27th of October 2011 for which Balona paid and obtained a Government

had received Title for the land. In addition, receipts from the San Pedro Town Council also indicate that Balona had paid property tax on the said property and is current up to March of 2012. For anyone who has been through the land acquisition process in Belize, this turnaround time may seem extraordinarily fast. Under normal circumstances this process by the Lands Department would take months and in some cases even years for someone to obtain a Lease Certificate. Nonetheless, Title was issued by the Lands Department to Balona for a property that a Deed of Gift has been issued to for close to two decades. The double ownership of the land is just another case showing a flaw within the Lands Department. It also shows a flaw in the property tax system at the San Pedro Town Council who is collecting tax from the two parties for the same property. It has been revealed that Mitch Marques was approached to purchase the land. Marques confirmed that “local realtors” had offered him the land but was not interested in purchasing it and he declined to comment further on the issue. Juan Alamilla denied involvement with the land in question while Mario Rodriguez would only say that any question should be addressed to the Lands Department. Vasquez categorically denied having any involvement with the application

of Belize receipt in the amount of $13,000 for the 1.3 acre of beachfront property. Investigation reveals that 20 days prior to obtaining Title Absolute, on the 7th of October, Balona received Lease Approval from the Lands Department. The entire process of obtaining the property was conducted in less than three months while permission to survey on the request of Balona was granted in late August and registered at the Mapping and Survey section of the Lands Department in September. By Continues on page 7 the 27th of October Balona


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Referendum Petition Signatures Forwarded to Chief Elections Officer

Security Supervisor Commits Suicide in San Ignacio

Wednesday: December 14, tions on March 7, 2012 to enable the maximization 2011 The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage announced today that they have been informed by the Governor General Sir Colville Young that the eighteen thousand plus signatures presented to him last Friday, has been forwarded to the Chief Elections Officer. Last Friday at Belize House in Belmopan, the Coalition handed to the office of the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, several boxes petition signatures bearing in excess of 18,000 signatures initiating the process to fuel a national referendum on the much debated off shore drilling as early as 2012. The Coalition informed the media that the petition forms were submitted under Section 2(1)(b) Referendum (Amendment) Act 2008. In the letter addressed to the Governor General, Oceana, the triggering organization, requested that the referendum question be: “Do you agree to oil exploration and drilling offshore and in its protected areas?” A further request was made to allow for the offshore oil referendum to be held concurrently with the municipal elec-

of the limited resources available to hold an election. With the petition signatures being forwarded to the Chief Elections Officer, the process of achieving a national referendum on offshore drilling is one step closer to fruition According to the Coalition, the Chief Elections officer will oversee the vetting of the signatures and will then inform the Governor General whether or not the signatures are valid, and if the 10% threshold of registered voters has been met. Once those requirements have been satisfied, the Governor General is expected to issue a writ of referendum which will announce the national referendum in which all registered voters will get to vote on the issue of offshore oil exploration and drilling in Belize. As it awaits the outcome of the vetting process, the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is wishing all Belizeans a Blessed Christmas and urges Belizeans to give a gift to the country on an anticipated referendum day and vote “No” to oil exploration and drilling in Belize’s offshore and in its protected area.

Dispute Brew over ownership of Bella Vista beach property

Thomas Reyes

San Ignacio Town: Police say they have discovered the body of a man they identified as 42 year old Thomas Reyes dead with a single shot to his head last Friday morning. He was discovered by a friend and ex-employee of the Security firm who went

to his quarters looking for him. When he heard no response, he went to the window, pulled the curtain and saw him lying in a pool of blood on the bed. Police were then called out to # 59 Burns Avenue shortly after 8:00 am and upon their arrival they entered Reyes’ living quarters they found him lying dead on his bed with a Smith and Wesson 9 Mm pistol loaded with 13 live rounds near to side. Police also found his gold wedding band and a note addressed to his wife with the written words: “ To the love of my life”. Neighbors told police that they heard his TV with high volume the night before but

heard no gun shot coming from his room. Reyes , originally from Dangriga was living in San Ignacio for about two years and worked as a Security Supervisor for Cayo based Security Oriented Services None of his friends or relatives could believe he would suicide but police have taken the note left behind and ruled suicide. Reyes leaves a son behind bearing his name. Suicides in Belize have increased over the last few years especially in teen-agers. There is a growing frustration among the populace especially because many can’t find means of providing for their loved ones.

Rhode Island, the Bahamas and Cuba. The researchers analyzed information on nuclear DNA and DNA within mitochondria, the energymaking structures in cells. While mitochondrial DNA is good for understanding historical relationships on an evolutionary time scale, nuclear DNA can provide a modern-day assessment of whether the two populations are migrating and interbreeding. The genetic evidence suggested Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) are not regularly mixing with populations of Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Belize. Belize’s Antillean populations also scored lower in genetic diversity than textbook examples of “bottlenecked” endangered spe-

cies, such as Wanglang giant pandas, the East African cheetah and an island koala population founded by only three koalas. These species have experienced events that drastically reduced their numbers (called a bottleneck). “When it comes to the sustainability of a species, this is the type of genetic diversity you want to preserve for the future,” said study researcher Margaret Hunter, a conservation geneticist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).To sustain the diverse gene pool these populations offer, managers will need to consider methods of enabling natural migration and mixing to take place between the two populations. The research was recently published in the journal Animal Conservation.

Belize Manatees a Separate Subspecies, DNA Confirms

The endangered manatees that live off the coast of Belize are distinct enough to be considered a separate subspecies from the Florida manatees. Recent studies find that the Antillean manatees in Belize showed extremely low genetic diversity. Belize hosts the largest known breeding population of Antillean manatees, about 1,000 individuals, and is touted by biologists for its potential to repopulate other parts of Central America where manatees are severely reduced, or even absent. Scientists had questioned whether the two seemingly distant Belize and Florida populations were interbreeding in light of radiotracking evidence that manatees are capable of migrating long distances. Florida manatees have turned up in places as far away as

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process and said that he was approached to sell the property by Balona as a realtor. For his part Milo Paz said that, “We have no control over the Lands Department. When someone comes to us and wants to sell a piece of property and shows us that the paperwork is in order and is verified with the Lands Department, then we will sell it for you. I cannot sell something that you do not own. The person who came to me wanting me to sell his property brought his paper to survey; the amount he paid for the property, statement from the Town Board and everything was in order.” Paz stated that he was only involved as a realtor to sell the property. As for the allegations made by Eiley, Paz said that he has obtained legal representation and is in the process of suing Eiley for defamation of character.

While Balona has Title to the land, the Dows, through the help of Eiley have recently applied for the land to be tendered as “first registration” at the Lands Department in the name of the rightful owner. However, if the Lands Department erroneously gave title to another person, Eiley says that, “we may have to defend the title in court to get it restored.” Eiley advises land owners to register their titles under the new system to protect themselves from the “big bad wolf that is out there.” In an interview with Eiley, Eiley claimed that Mario Rodriguez has now moved to clear his client’s property. As of Friday, November 25th the land in question was being cleared by workmen being hired by Rodriguez. An attempt to contact the Commissioner of Land Wilbert Vallejos has resulted futile.

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High levels of Mercury in Fish of the Macal River Friday, December 9th, 2011 Press Release – Belize Press Office – Belmopan, 8 December, 2011 - The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company (BECOL), has concluded another testing of mercury in fish from the Macal River. The following Public Advisory is being issued to guide the general public on weekly consumption quantities of Bay-snook (Petenia splendid) from the Macal River to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure. The latest result from samples of fish taken from the Macal River on the 23rd, 24th and 25th August 2011, indicated that the new levels of mercury found in the Bay Snook (Petenia splendid) is at 1.35 mg/kg. This new level records a decrease of 0.28 mg/kg over the last test results of April 2011, and the new weekly consumption of Bay-snook shall be 0.01 lbs or 1.4 oz for an individual of 175 lbs. Although the mercury concentration has decreased, the public is still asked to not to eat the fish since the mercury concentration is a little under three times the recommended dose. The overall findings from the fish sampling indicated that of the fifteen types of fish analyzed ten or 66.7% had decreases ranging from 0.5 to 0.01mg/kg and three or 20% had increases ranging from 0.01 to 0.3 mg/Kg and two types had no previous

data for comparison from the April 2011 fish sampling. The Ministry continues to advise the public to observe the recommendation to avoid long term effects such as: mental retardation in children, poor development of infants, vision impairment, nervousness, weakening of muscles in the hand and feet. Although the Ministry has recommended for Baysnook not to be eaten from the Macal River, it also recognizes the important role fish plays in our diet; and therefore recommends the following: 1. Eating fish from other locations in the country. 2. Eating replacement foods like: canned light tuna, local chicken, seeds such as flaxseed, pumpkin seeds (Pepitos), sesame (Wangla seed), sunflower, cashew nuts, avocados, spinach, oils from flaxseed, canola, corn, olive or soybean. | 3. Taking Omega Acid Supplements. The general public is warned that the advisory on consumption of Bay–snook (Petenia splendida) only applies to Bay- snook caught and eaten from the Macal River. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health would like to assure the public that it remains watchful on this issue and will continue to track its progress and make the necessary advisory on the mercury level. Let’s remain safe and healthy and avoid eating Bay-snook from the Macal River.

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This pat Wednesday, Rice Producers met with Prime Minister Barrow to register their complaints and Barrow agreed that there is a problem with BMDC. Barrow revealed that the BMDC Board of Directors has not been functioning for a while. Barrow said that a new Board is being appointed and it includes the Chairman of the Blue Creek Mennonites Committee or someone they recommend that will be placed inside the BMDC to monitor the day to day activities. Barrow also said that he will change the law to prohibit BMDC from legally importing items at their directive except in particular exigencies and even so, it will require a special license.

Christmas Miracle at Belize City KHMH Hospital

- Press Release, Belmopan. December 14, 2011 - At this time of year, when we celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth, the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) has its own Christmas miracle to report. A little over a month ago a mother gave birth to her first baby in a small private hospital in Belize - the baby was fine but something went terribly wrong for the young mother. She developed a massive infection and the family decided to rush her to a hospital in Mexico. After weeks of extensive care, the Mexican specialists admitted defeat telling the heartbroken family that there was noth-

ing more that they could do. They advised the family that they should bring her home and wait for the end. The public hospital in Corozal Town assisted in moving the desperately ill young woman to Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan and here God intervened as he does in so many miraculous ways. The doctors and nurses saw a spark of life and insisted that hope was not lost. They persuaded the distraught family to let them try once more and the young mother was transferred to KHMH, the people’s hospital. Day and night in the intensive care unit of the KHMH a team

of doctors and nurses from all sectors came together to work God’s will and bring the gift of life back to this young mother. Earlier this week this remarkable young woman was moved from the intensive care unit and held her baby for the first time with every hope for a full recovery and a lifetime of giving thanks for the gift of life for her beautiful baby boy and for the her own precious life brought back from the brink through God’s grace and the remarkable efforts of our own Belizean health care providers. Kindly note: the above is a verbatim release received from the Ministry of Health as shown by the contacts below.

Toledo Rice Farmers United Nation’s helping the Police in Benque Viejo want their Money Thursday: 15th December 2011

the remaining $300,000.00 first thing Friday morning to meet the payment for the mechanized and milpa famers that we owe them.

But as far as could be confirmed, there was no payment made to the farmers on Friday as promised. Apparently, there is still the problem of getting the money from the bank. Recently, Rice Producers have up in arms, especially the Blue Creek Rice producers who produce most of the rice consumed domestically accusing the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation of undermining the local producers by importing and distributing rice produced in Uruguay in South America.

The Police Sub-Formation of Benque Viejo has consistently made the effort for improving community relations, with Peoples Coalition, Neighborhood Watch program, Volunteer Special Constables, Police Youth Cadets, Great program, and Do Di Rite Ting. Now the Sub-Formation has been rewarded for their efforts, by Commander of the community policing program Sr. Supt. Dezerie Phillips, and the United Nations Population Fund, which funded a new Youth Friendly Drop-in Space within the newly remodeled community policing office of PC Joshua McKoy, and PC Salguero. Speakers were: Invocation by Rev. Eric Reyes, Master of Ceremonies ASP Dinsdale Thompson, Officer Commanding Benque Viejo Sub-Formation Supt. Ralph Moody, complimenting the work of his community policing unit, and welcoming PNC Guatemalan Police counter parts, and other honored guests; Representing the UNFPA Miss Erika Goldson Belize branch, reinforced the commitment of the funding such worthwhile programs, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Wade expressing the importance of Police being involved in community issues and finding solutions together, National Youth coordinator Douglas Hyde offering congratulations, and Vote of thanks by the Bi-Lingual PC Joshua McKoy. After the ribbon cutting of Youth Friendly Drop-in Space, a tour of the facility and name signing ceremony was in order, the signees were students & teachers from area schools, Peoples Coalition Chairlady Ms. Linda Moran, Secretary Irma Puc, and Zone 4 Captain NHWP & Special Constable Samuel Bruce, PNC policeman, Benque Police officers, Inspector Palma, Inspector Pook, Inspector Flowers, Sergeant Parham, Sergeant Gonzalez, ASP Mai, and invited guests. All Investing in our youth in Benque Viejo!!!!!!! By; Special Constable Samuel Bruce, for community policing unit Benque Viejo


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Caribbean News Latin and Caribbean Sangster welcomes Copa leaders forge new bloc Airlines to Jamaica

Latin and Caribbean leaders form a new bloc that excludes the U.S. and Canada. Some hope the CELAC will replace the Organization of American States.

BOGOTA -- The hemisphere formed a powerful new bloc of nations Saturday that stretches from Chile to Mexico, includes one out of every 10 people on the planet and is seeing surging growth and economic stability in a time of global turmoil. The 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, vowed to push regional integration, boost commerce and form a common front against everything from global warming to the drug trade. After two days of meetings in Venezuela, leaders signed the Caracas Declaration, which breathes life into an organization that includes every country in the region except the United States and Canada. Chile will preside over the group in 2012, then Cuba in 2013. The event brought together a disparate group of nations with sometimes competing visions for the CELAC. Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, among others, see the body as a tool to blunt U.S. influence in the region and rival the Organization of American States – which they accuse of being under U.S. sway. Another faction, which includes Chile, Costa Rica and Colombia, expects the new body to work hand-in-hand with existing multilateral organizations. “This integration can’t be against anyone,” said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. “It isn’t against the OAS… This integration is in favor of Latin America and the Caribbean. And if we play with a more proactive and positive attitude we will get much farther.” Santos said the new organization should focus on creating roads and infrastructure that would boost regional commerce among nations that still, by and large, look to the United States as their largest trade partner. Chilean President Sebastián Piñeda, the group leader in 2012, said the CELAC should promote education, innovation and investment. He said the bloc is

being formed as the region is poised to see economic growth of 5 percent this year and is enjoying financial stability that’s the envy of U.S. and Europe. “I am convinced that the 21st Century belongs to Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said. The CELAC was first proposed in 2010 during a meeting of regional leaders in Cancun. Mexican President Felipe Calderón was the first speaker on Friday. He said the CELAC should tackle poverty, violence and organized crime. In particular, drug-consuming nations like the United States and Europe need to take more responsibility for the narcoticsfueled violence that has saddled Central America and the Caribbean with some of the planet’s highest homicide rates. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega suggested that the CELAC “monitor and rate” the United States’ drug efforts – like the U.S. State Department does the region. “All the money, regardless of by how much it’s multiplied, and all the blood, no matter how much is spilled,” will not stop the drug trade “as long as the north continues consuming,” Ortega said. Initially, the CELAC will be run by the trio of Venezuela, Chile and Cuba. However, several Caribbean nations asked to be included in the steering group and Panama asked for a permanent secretariat to be established. While the event focused on regional issues, it was also a venue for national gripes. Ortega blamed Washington for financing protests against his questioned reelection, and Bolivia asked the CELAC to intervene on its behalf to regain access to the Pacific, which it lost to Chile in 1879. Ecuador President Rafael Correa used much of his opening statement to accuse the Ecuadorean press of operating with impunity on behalf of his ene-

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Copa Airlines on its inaugural flight from Panama into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday. Wednesday: 14th De- 293 daily flights to 59 cit- only provide airlift, but ies in 28 countries across passengers travelling from cember 2011 Montego Bay, Jamaica: Bridging the distance between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, Copa Airlines’ regional general manager, Claudia Zuluaga, says the carrier’s addition to the Sangster International Airport (SIA) flight roster will open up the most extensive route network in the region. Zuluaga was speaking during the official ceremony welcoming the Latin American airline to the second city last Sunday at the Sangster International Airport. The airline will fly twice weekly from Panama to the tourism capital, Tuesdays and Sundays. Convinced this was achievable through the hub of the Americas, Zuluaga argued that “Copa Airline’s connection centre at Tocumen International Airport in Panama offers more international flights to more destinations in the Americas than any other hub in Latin America”. Moreover, she noted that the entry into Montego Bay takes place in an important year for the airline. “By the end of this year, we will have added a total of nine new destinations to our route network, closing 2011 with

America, and a fleet of three new and state-ofthe-art aircraft.” Her comments are in line with the vision of Jamaica’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, who over the past three years has articulated on the importance of securing air seats, which in turn will facilitate easy access to the island. However, last Sunday, Bartlett went further, describing Copa’s latest move as a “game changer” for Jamaica. And although the negotiations between the Government and the airline took a long time for completion, the end product has resulted in another first for the country and the island’s tourist industry. “Jamaica will for the first time have direct commercial flights by Copa into Montego Bay and that has given a degree of certainty to travellers from South America who desire a direct flight between Panama City and Montego Bay,” stated Bartlett, adding that in the past the carrier visited the second city as a charter flight. In this new dispensation Copa’s connectivity, which spans several South American countries, including Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Argentina, not

that region no longer need to fly via the United States to get here. Tremendous contribution Bartlett also pointed out that Copa Airlines’ guarantee to Jamaica of some 10,000 new airline seats for the upcoming winter tourist season and beyond, will contribute tremendously to the projected 4.7 per cent growth in arrivals for the December 15 to April 15 period. “The arrival of an expected 769,000 visitors for the winter will earn Jamaica an estimated US$850 million, making the upcoming season Jamaica’s strongest ever winter,” he said. In the meantime, Bartlett announced that steps were being taken to offer visitors from Panama, Venezuela and Peru visa-free entry. Recently, the tourism minister announced that Colombians staying in Jamaica for 30 days and for tourism purposes would not require visas. “Jamaica has recognised that certain issues in relation to border security must be addressed in the implementation of this policy and the Government is moving to address that matter using modern technology and cooperation between the governments of these countries,” he stated.


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PARIS (AP) — Former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega was flown home to Panama on Sunday to be punished once again for crimes he committed during a career that saw him transformed from a close Cold War ally of Washington to the vilified target of a U.S. invasion. Noriega left Orly airport, south of Paris, on a flight of Spain’s Iberia airlines, delivered directly to the aircraft by a four-car convoy and motorcycles that escorted him from the French capital’s La Sante prison. The flight left just after 8 a.m. for Madrid. Spanish airport authority AENA later confirmed the plane had taken off for Panama just before 2 p.m. (1300 GMT), after announcing two short delays. The French Justice Ministry, in a one-line statement, said France turned Noriega over to Panamanian officials on Sunday in accordance with extradition proceedings. It was the only official remark. Noriega’s return comes after more than 20 years in U.S. and French prisons for drug trafficking and money laundering. Panama convicted him during his captivity overseas for the slayings of two political opponents in the 1980s. He was sentenced to 20 years in each case, and Panamanian officials say he will be sent straight to a jail cell when he lands. The ex-general, whose pockmarked face earned him the nickname “Pineapple Face,” could eventually leave prison under a law allowing prisoners over 70 to serve out their time under house arrest. A doctor was reported to be among the team of Panamanian officials escorting the 77-yearold ex-dictator back to Panama. “He was very impatient, very happy. He’s going home,” one of his French lawyers, Antonin Levy, said by telephone Saturday night, a day after his last visit with Noriega. But many Panamanians still want to see the man who stole elections and dispatched squads of thugs to beat opponents bloody in the streets to pay his debt at home. “Noriega was responsible for the invasion and those who died in the operation. He dishonored his uniform, there was barely a shot and he went off to hide. He must pay,” said Hatuey Castro, 82, a member of the anti-Noriega opposition who was detained and beaten by the strongman’s thugs in 1989. Though other U.S. conflicts have long since pushed him from the spotlight, the 1989 invasion that ousted Noriega was one of the most bitterly debated events of the Cold War’s waning years. Noriega began working with

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Panama’s Manuel Noriega flown home to be punished once again

U.S. intelligence when he was a student at a military academy in Peru, said Everett Ellis Briggs, the United States ambassador to Panama from 1982 to 1986. As he rose in the Panamanian military during the 1970s and 1980s, Noriega cooperated closely with the CIA, helping the U.S. combat leftist movements in Latin America by providing information and logistical help. He also acted as a back channel for U.S. communications with unfriendly governments such as Cuba’s. But Noriega was playing a double game. He also began working with Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, and made millions moving cocaine to the United States. “He was for rent to a lot of people,” Briggs said. The U.S. avoided taking action because of concerns about the security of the Panama Canal and overall stability in Central America, he added. “There was just a feeling that now is not the time to take the lid off this particular mess,” Briggs said. As the Cold War waned, and the U.S. war on drugs gained prominence, Noriega’s drug ties became a source of increasing tension. After a U.S. grand jury indicted him on drug charges in 1988, tensions escalated between his forces and U.S. troops stationed around the Panama Canal. A U.S. Marine was killed in one clash. President George H.W. Bush also accused Noriega’s men of abusing a U.S. Navy serviceman and his wife. On Dec. 20, 1989, more than 26,000 U.S. troops began moving into Panama City, clashing with Noriega loyalists in fighting that left sections of the city devastated. Twenty-three U.S. troops, 314 Panamanian soldiers, and some

200 civilians died in the operation. Noriega hid in bombed and burned-out neighborhoods before he sought refuge in the Vatican Embassy, which was besieged by U.S. troops playing loud rock music. He gave up on Jan. 3, 1990, and was flown to Miami for trial on drug-related charges. Bush was praised for a precise and limited strike, and pundits said the president, with soaring approval ratings, had shed the wimpy image that had plagued him during the 1988 presidential campaign. Noriega’s return to the U.S. as a prisoner of war was “a triumph for diplomacy and a triumph for justice,” said the late Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, normally a harsh critic of Bush. Critics, however, saw a dangerous precedent in Bush’s willingness to send troops into harm’s way to topple a foreign leader, particularly one who had been supported for years by the U.S. The United Nations General Assembly called the invasion “a flagrant violation of international law and of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.” Noriega was convicted two years after the invasion, and served 17 years at a minimumsecurity prison outside Miami, where he received special treatment as a prisoner of war and lived in his own bungalow with a TV and exercise equipment. When his sentence ended, he was extradited to France, which convicted him for laundering millions of dollars in drug profits through three major French banks, and investing drug cash in three luxury Paris apartments. Noriega suffers from high blood pressure and partial paralysis

as the result of a stroke several years ago, according to his lawyers in France. He returns to a nation that has seen a sustained economic boom, fueled largely by the return of the Panama Canal and surrounding land and military bases to Panamanian control in 2000. Dozens of new skyscrapers have risen around the warscarred capital, and tourism is flourishing. The ex-dictator’s return “should finally close a chapter of history that we do not ever want to happen again,” said former Panamanian Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis, whose family was forced out of the country in retaliation for opposing Noriega.

“Hopefully, we can put this sad chapter of history in the past and focus on the future,” Lewis said. Panama remains a base for international drug trafficking and money laundering, however, and it also suffers from street crime and income inequality. In many parts of society, there is nostalgia for the Noriega years. Julio Rangel, a 63-year-old painter who sells his works in a park in the capital, said Noriega “doesn’t represent any sort of danger to the people here” and never deserved to become the target of a U.S. invasion. “What the North Americans wanted to do was destroy our defense forces,” he said. Omar Rodriguez, who was selling soft drinks nearby, said that in Noriega’s time, “there was more work, and there wasn’t criminality like today.” “I can’t speak ill of him,” Rodriguez said. Noriega faces immediate punishment for the murders of military commander Moises Giroldi, slain after leading a failed rebellion on Oct. 3, 1989, and Hugo Spadafora, a political opponent found decapitated on the border with Costa Rica in 1985. He also could be tried in the deaths of other opponents during the same period. “He’s coming to serve his sentences, and that’s important for the families of the victims,” said former Panamanian Attorney General Rogelio Cruz. “His presence here is important because he’ll satisfy the demands of justice for his criminal convictions and the trials that he still has to face.”

Mexican worshippers underwhelmed by papal visit

Pilgrims sleeps next to a picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Monday Dec. 12, 2011. Thousands of people from all over the country converge on the basilica bringing images to be blessed on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Continue on pge. 12


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Iran says Obama should China Gets Revenge On Obama With Tariff On apologize for downed drone U.S. Autos

TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama should apologize for sending an unmanned spy plane into Iranian territory rather than asking for it back after it was seized, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. Iran announced on December 4 it had downed the spy plane in the eastern part of the country, near Afghanistan. It has since shown the plane on television and said it is close to cracking its technological secrets. On Monday, Obama told a news conference: “We have asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond.” Iranian officials had already said they would not return the drone. “It seems that (Obama) has forgotten that our air space was violated, a spying operation conducted and international law trampled,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a news conference. “Instead of an official apology for the offence they have committed, he is raising such a demand. America must know that the violation of Iran’s air space can endanger world peace and security.” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told the official IRNA news agency: “The U.S. spy drone is the property of Islamic Republic of Iran. Tehran will decide what it wants to do in this regard.” AGGRESSOR AMERICA Parliament issued a resolution calling the drone incursion “evidence of international terrorism and a blatant violation of inter-

national law by the aggressor America,” and said Iran might seek reparations from Washington. Iran has already complained to the U.N. Security Council about the incursion, calling for action to “put an end to these dangerous and unlawful acts. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan initially said the plane may have been an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance drone that went missing during a mission over western Afghanistan. But a person familiar with the situation has since told Reuters in Washington that the drone was on a surveillance mission over Iran. The drone affair is just the latest incident adding to tensions between Iran and the West which accuses the Islamic Republic of trying to develop nuclear weapons, a charge it denies. Iran’s judiciary announced on Tuesday it had issued indictments against 15 unidentified people held on suspicion of spying for the United States and Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran said in May it had arrested 30 people it said were spying for the United States. Spying in Iran can be punishable by death. In response to tightened economic sanctions against Iran, radical youths stormed the British embassy in Tehran on November 29, causing London to recall all its staff and close its mission. Republican presidential candidates in the United

States have upped rhetoric on a possible military strike against Iran, something Israel says it may carry out as a last resort to stop the Islamic Republic getting the bomb. “It’s better that they don’t use phrases like ‘all options are on the table’,” Mehmanparast said, referring to the stock phrase used by Israeli and U.S. leaders about the military option. “The phrase has been used so often it has become tiresome,” he added. Iran has--unsurprisingly-rejected an American request to return its downed spy drone. President Obama, speaking at a news conference with the visiting Iraqi prime minister Monday, said the United States had asked Iran to give the downed American reconnaissance plane back. “We’ve asked for it back,” President Obama said of the drone Monday. “We’ll see how the Iranians respond.” Iranian news agencies ridiculed the request on Tuesday as Iranian officials made clear they had no intention of giving back the American drone. “Obama begs Iran to give him back his toy plane,” proclaimed a headline from Iran’s Fars News Agency Tuesday. “We are still wondering how he shamelessly asked Tehran to give the US back the stealth drone which had violated the Iranian airspace for espionage,” the news agency wrote, referring to the American president. “The American espionage Continue on page 12

President Barack Obama hit China automobile tire makers with a trade tariff in 2009 and now Beijing has struck back with a potentially more punitive tariff, as much as a 21% tax hike on U.S. car exports bound for China, the world’s largest auto market. This week, the Chinese government upped the ante in the Obama-China trade dispute by surprisingly imposing new tariffs on imports of Honda and Cadillac models, Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee, the BMW X5 and X3 and Mercedes Benz models made in Michigan, Alabama and South Carolina. China argues that the U.S. provided illegal subsidies to these companies during the economic downturn in 2008 and is selling those vehicles cheaper in China than they are sold for in the U.S. The U.S. exports around $92 billion worth of goods to China and cars account for around $4 billion of that. The tariffs, which range from just 2% to as much as 21.5% could impact $2.5 billion worth of American auto exports, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S-China Business Council, a Washington lobby. China’s Commerce Ministry announced the move shortly after the White House said it would ask the World Trade Organization to investigation Chinese restrictions on U.S. poultry exports, of all things. But more importantly, the U.S is also investigating whether Chinese exports of solar panels might have received illegal subsidies or have been dumped in the American market at prices below the cost of manufacturing them. This is a major sore spot for China because it views green tech as one of its core and most innovative developing markets. If the WTO punished China, it would have

ramifications across the solar power industry the country does not want to deal with, especially in a slow growth environment. China is the world’s leading producer of solar panels, so an attack on them by Washington raises red flags. What better market to go after in the U.S. than autos? The red dragon just blew a hot stream of fire across the Pacific Ocean, right on top of the White House. US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie said in a statement on Thursday that, “USCBC is just beginning to examine the Commerce Ministry’s announcement. We don’t have all the facts yet, but two things are worth noting. First, in 2010 the U.S. exported about $3.5 billion worth of motor vehicles to China and the amount this year is on pace reach nearly $4.5 billion. Motor vehicles impacted by these tariffs are probably in the neighborhood of 3% of all U.S. exports to China. The ability for American companies to export and sell cars to China is important.” China is a member of the WTO, but that doesn’t mean member nations cannot take protectionist measures whenever they see fit. This opens up a host of legal battles and due diligence to see whether or not the tariffs are warranted. It’s time consuming, and it’s political. The Obama administration has not made any decision yet about consulting the WTO on the matter, but the House Ways and Means Committee, which has oversight of U.S. trade deals, is pushing for it. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (RMI), Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-MI), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim

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Mexican worshippers underwhelmed by papal visit

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a country at least nominally 90 percent Catholic, you would think the news of another papal visit would be met with jubilation. It’s not that the millions of faithful in Mexico aren’t happy about Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit, expected before Easter next year. It’s just that they can’t drum up the same kind of emotion they had for his predecessor, the late Pope John Paul II, a man so beloved that the Vatican was presenting his relics, a vial of blood and a wax likeness, in more than 100 locations throughout the country. John Paul visited Mexico five times, drawing millions of worshippers each time. The Latin American nation has the second-highest number of Catholics in the world behind Brazil, and was John Paul’s third-mostvisited country after Poland and France. The pope spoke Spanish when he came here, endearing him even more to Mexicans who still buy up large quantities of photo frames, stamps, rosaries and mugs bearing his name and image. The pope died in 2005 at the age of 84. In May he was beatified, the last formal step before possible sainthood. There are no Benedict-related items for sale here. “That Holiness is not very commercial,” explained Jorge Sanchez, a 30-year-old vendor. Benedict confirmed his travel plans Monday during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica honoring Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Dec. 12 is one of Mexico’s most important religious holidays,

when millions make the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to honor the dark-skinned virgin who is said to have appeared to an Indian peasant on Dec. 12, 1531. An estimated 5 million people from across the country arrived at the basilica Monday carrying large frames, wooden sculptures and ceramic statues of the virgin on their backs. Many of those who had traveled for days on foot or cycled along highways as a sacrifice applauded when the basilica’s vicar, Monsignor Enrique Glennie Graue, told them Benedict was coming to Mexico. “His visit shows that he loves Mexico, and in return, Mexico will love him as much as it loved John Paul II,” said Socorro Avendano, 23, accompanied by her husband and 5-month-old daughter. “But we have to see him. We have to see his devotion to Mexico.” As mariachis played and Indian dancers with feathered headdresses jingled their ankle bells, crowds lined up outside the basilica Monday just to get a glimpse of the cloak upon whose cloth it is said the virgin’s image appeared. It remained to be seen if Pope Benedict will generate as much enthusiasm. Gabriel Ramirez, a 22-year-old baker, traveled 10 hours on a bus from the southern state of Oaxaca with his wife and 10-month-old daughter to visit the virgin. But he said it was unlikely he would repeat the trip to see the pope. “I don’t think I would come because it is too far,” he said.

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Press reported Tuesday. “He did not elaborate on the nationality of the suspects, nor say when they were detained.” Last week, Lebanon’s alManar TV, which is controlled by the Iran-allied Shiite militant group Hezbollah, identified 10 alleged undercover CIA officers working in Lebanon with diplomatic cover. “Hezbollah made the names public in a broadcast Friday night on a Lebanese television station, al-Manar,” the Associated Press’s Adam Goldman reported Monday. “Using animated videos, the station recreated meetings purported to take place between CIA officers and paid informants at Starbucks and Pizza Hut.” “The disclosure comes after Hezbollah managed to par-

Iran says Obama should apologize for downed drone

drone is now Iran’s property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it,” Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told ran’s ISNA news agency Monday, according to a BBC report. In another statement t the Mehr news agency, Vahidi said that “instead of apologizing to the Iranian nation, [the U.S.] is brazenly asking for the drone back.” The unusual AmericanIran media jousting over the downed RQ-170 drone came as an Iran prosecutor announced Tuesday that he has indicted 15 “American and Zionist” spies. “IRNA on Tuesday quoted Tehran’s chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi as saying the suspects carried out espionage activities against Iran,” the Associated

Progress in AIDS fight, brings fresh challenges

Statistics from a new report by the UN AIDS agency (UNAIDS) released Monday concluded that 2011 saw unprecedented progress in the AIDS response, with 46 percent, or 6.6 million, of the estimated 14.2 million people eligible for treatment in low and middleincome countries accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy in 2010. The report shared that overall, fewer people are dying from AIDS and people with HIV are living longer. In addition, new HIV infections have fallen to their lowest levels since the height of the epidemic. Targeting certain populations In its 2009 global report, UNAIDS noted that 260,000 people in the Caribbean were living with HIV and that the rate of increase has varied little since the late 1990s. It noted that one in five men who have sex with men in Trinidad and Tobago was living with HIV, while in Jamaica, an estimated 32 percent of MSM were living with the virus. “I think the prevention programmes in many countries are not reaching the right people,” Michel de Groulards, regional programme adviser of the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team, told IPS. One factor, De Groulards believed, may be that after 25 years of providing treatment, some countries have reached a plateau. In other cases, people considered at risk, including MSMs, are not targeted. Adult HIV prevalence in the Caribbean is about one percent higher than in any other region outside sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS figures, although new HIV infections there have declined slightly from 20,000 in 2001 to 17,000 in 2009. Still, the HIV burden varies considerably among and within Caribbean countries. Cuba, for example, has a very low HIV prevalence of 0.1 percent while the Bahamas has an adult HIV prevalence of 3.1 percent, the highest in the region. Overall, AIDS-related

deaths in the Caribbean fell from an estimated 19,000 in 2001 to 12,000 in 2009. What has also changed in the region, De Groulards said, is that 48 percent of the people infected were now receiving antiretroviral drugs. In some countries it is as high as 80 percent. “That shows it is possible to get (treatment),” he said. He added, however, “it is clear that the decriminalisation of homosexuality will not get the rate down” by itself, noting that the stigma associated with the virus is still very much a factor in the Caribbean. Only one Caribbean country, the Bahamas, has decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults. It is also the only regional state to sign the 1994 Paris Declaration, which set global standards for HIV and human rights. “Still, significant stigma and sometimes discrimination persists. This in turn creates a significant barrier to detection, care and treatment,” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told the conference. Leading Caribbean HIV/AIDS researcher Peter Figueroa said that he was “most impressed” with the position adopted by the Bahamas and urged other Caribbean countries to follow. “The Bahamas has had no adverse consequences and may well have had some positives in relation to their tourism and other relations,” he told IPS. “The Bahamas has clearly shown that we can decriminalise men having sex with men.” Figueroa, a professor of public health, epidemiology and HIV/ AIDS at the University of the West Indies, said he was certain that other countries, despite their strong religious background, would not have objections to legislation dealing with the situation. “So I think if we could frame the issue in terms of simple respect for one another and for (an) individual’s humanity, then we can take the initiative in terms of the human rights approach and decriminalise

tially unravel the agency’s spy network in Lebanon after running a double agent against the CIA, former and current U.S. intelligence officials said,” Goldman wrote. The CIA dismissed the claims made in the Hezbollah broadcast, citing CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood: “The agency does not, as a rule, address spurious claims from terrorist groups. I think it’s worth remembering that Hezbollah is a dangerous organization, with al-Manar as its propaganda arm. That fact alone should cast some doubt on the credibility of the group’s claims.”

China Gets Revenge On Obama With Tariff On U.S. Autos

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McDermott (D-WA) issued the following joint statement: Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Ranking Member Sandy Levin (DMI), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (RTX), and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) said in a joint statement on Wednesday that, “We are extremely concerned by China’s announcement (to) impose new duties on U.S. auto exports. China’s actions are unjustifi-

men who have sex with men,” he said. “We are not talking about imposing a lifestyle on anybody else.” “I think, quite honestly, our leaders are totally late on this question,” he added. Specialised prevention awareness The non-government organisation Caribbean HIV&AIDS Alliance (CHAA), which studied the vulnerabilities to HIV among gay men in Barbados, said that while MSM are considered a priority in the national HIV response, little is known about their social vulnerabilities and the kind of HIV prevention interventions that can be most effective. As a result, authorities should capitalise on gay social networks and existing social activities to create opportunities for men to talk about HIV prevention as well as to “help create further awareness among gay men regarding their rights and how to better challenge or respond to stigma and discrimination”. But even as Caribbean politicians, scientists, researchers, academics and other stakeholders continue to examine ways of dealing with the virus, 30 years after the first case was recorded in the region, there is growing recognition that cuts in overseas funding could seriously hamper future success. However, Karl Theodore, head of the Centre for Health Economics at UWI, believes regional countries should step up and provide one percent of their gross domestic product to address non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean, which he said would need an estimated 180 million dollars annually to support such programmes. Theodore told IPS that at least one country in the region, which he refused to name, spent 50 million dollars on health, which amounted to .05 percent of its 135 billion dollar income. He called the amount “so close to zero, it is embarrassing”.

able, and unfortunately, this appears to be just one more instance of impermissible Chinese retaliation against the United States and other trading partners. This action appears to violate China’s WTO commitments, and we urge the Administration to exercise all available options to enforce U.S. rights, including, as appropriate, enforcing U.S. rights at the World Trade Organization.” Both parties within the Committee agree, which is a rarity in Washington these days.


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Sunday, November 27h , 2011

Leo Bradley Library Receives Donation

December 12, 2011

The Leo Bradley Library located on Princess Margaret Drive today launched a Health Science Collection. The collection is part of a generous donation by the Pan American Health Organization to the Leo Bradley Library. To launch this collection a ceremony was held in the library with the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education. Another person present was Dr. David Brown, representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization UNESCO, who presented a cheque of over fifty two thousand Belize Dollars to the Ministry of Education. Dr. Gerardo de Cosio from PAHO/WHO spoke with Love News about the collection that is estimated to cost over thirty thousand dollars. Dr. Gerardo de Cosio – Representative, PAHO/WHO “We decided to come to an agreement with the library and the Ministry of Education to give this collection to the people of Belize and open it to all those researchers and others who are interested in learning about more health issues and this is what is seen here. It contains several areas from chronic diseases, information on elderly, indigenous people, family health and infant mortality. It is obvious that many of this information is already is online and many other is not online. The other is to make it easier because not everyone in Belize has access to the Internet and this is an easy way to give them

access.” Melinda Guerra from the Ministry of Health shared the following during her keynote address. Melinda Guerra – Representative, Ministry of Health said “It is important that multi sectoral partners come together to foster partners and use this information to increase health equity. We need to encourage our children, our students, our people to access and use the health information initiatives. The Belize National Library and Information System is the vehicle that will reach everyone in Belize. The library’s network is in every district and this ensures that the health science literature is available for everyone. This initiative will strengthen our primary health care program in the Ministry of Health.” Chief Librarian Joy Ysaguirre told Love News who will benefit from the donation of this collection of books. As long as you are seeking health information not only relevant to Belize but also relevant to the Caribbean and Latin America, you can access that portal and be able to obtain current and up to date information on health. Apart from the fact that we need to start to generate our own information, not only generate it but analyze it and have it available so that people can better understand health issues affecting Belize, I want to encourage greater participation in that and greater partnership with ministries and other institutions involved in the provision of health information.”

BEL Explains Sundays Power Outage

Monday : December 12, 2011

Belize City: Belize Electricity Limited has issued a statement on a series of blackouts that plunged the entire country into darkness last night. Several intermittent power outages were experienced by BEL on Sunday. According to the BEL statement, a fault on the power system caused the Mollejon Hydroelectric Facility to trip at seven thirty yesterday morning. That resulted in the loss of power to the Cayo, Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo district. BEL says that the first trip at 7:30 yesterday morning, caused an interruption to the system that brings in the electricity supply from the Comis-

ión Federal de Electricidad in Mexico. When that feed went down, BEL consumers in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts lost power. But the problems for BEL were not over. Around six fifty one yesterday evening, a trip occurred on the distribution system along the Hummingbird Highway, which caused the power system to lose power again. That meant that the Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo districts were again plunged into blackout. About ten minutes later, power supply to the north was lost again. The Belize Electricity Limited says that technicians were able to restore power to all the affected areas by seven forty five last night.

Sentenced to Five Years for Firearm offence

December 12, 2011

Twenty-four year old plumber Orlando Reyes, one of seven persons charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license, pleaded guilty when he appeared in Magistrate court on Monday. Senior Magistrate Sharon

Fraser sentenced him to five years for each count with the stipulation that the sentence are to run concurrently. Even though Reyes pleaded guilty to the charges, the prosecution did not withdraw the charge from the other defendants. They included 23 year old Earl Gill, a security guard residing in Sand hill Village; 23 year old Jamie Young, an office assistant employed at the Public Utilities Commission; 26 year old Kevin Vacarro , a boat captain of Sand Hill; a 17 year old boy; 22 year old Janine Henry and 19 year old Natalie Middleton. They were remanded into custody until January 3,

2012. The incident occurred around 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, December 10. The police reported that they received information of a Silver colored Infiniti car travelling on the Northern Highway towards Sand Hill, in which there was a firearm. The police said they intercepted the car at the junction of the Northern Highway and Burrell Boom Road. The police reported that when they reached the car they found one 9 millimeter pistol with 8 rounds in the magazine in the glove compartment. Gill, the driver of the car and all its passengers were arrested and charged.

that HIVOS has contributed to the development of the Cocoa Industry in so many ways adding that HIVOS was involved in the development of a new philosophical scheme for the Association. In the year 2004 they granted approximately $100,000 US to the association for 2 years and the funds were utilized to expand the cocoa industry by increasing TCGA’s membership as well as increasing TCGA’s productivity. All geared towards maximizing the productivity and the output of Belize’s coco industry for the export market and really it was a new philosophy where we provided the resources where the troupe bags seeds or seed links for new farmers to plant cocoa trees on a loan basis interest free and that the end result would have those farmers pay back the amount of resources that were first given to them, after the tree start to produce. HIVOS provides assurance that the industry will continue to be self sustainable because Toledo District had the history that whenever there is resources available that they will join groups just to access resources. The philosophy that was brought over in by HIVOS was that you don’t want to give hand outs to farmers you want for farmers to be able to re-embark in the idea so that when they start then they receive the support they know within themselves that they have to be successful, I have to make sure that these trees grow and produce because I will have to pay back for it. For his part the Executive Director of the Alliance Against Aids, Rodel Beltran Perera said HIVOS has been providing a foundational support for the organization since its inception and now

the group will have to seek alternative funding to continue the important work it does in Belize. Perera said “When I was a practicing journalist we started talking about putting an NGO to respond to the needs of people living with HIV, Alliance against AIDS, HIVOS was one of the first names that popped from other friends in the region and I met HIVOS in Guatemala in 1995. By 1997 we were receiving support from them and I described HIVOS as our fairy Godmother or Godfather if you wish to use that term too. Since then I think that there has been excellent in supporting the work that we have done and one of our logos speaks of the alliance, of an agency being one that creates change in HIV and I think that HIVOS is really helped us through that creating change. We pride ourselves as Alliance Against AIDS being the agency in this country that solely took the issue the issue of HIV as its focus as at its priority and put it on the public discourse table.” Perrera said that now Alliance has to hit the pavement, we have to walk the walk we have to start looking for another support because HIVOS is going to leave a big void in our lives. For the Head of the Women’s Issues Network Carolyn Reynolds the support has meant a lot to WIN Belize, being a network of Agencies. This last three year support was all under the umbrella of WIN Belize, the other five agencies known as B6 involved WIN and Alliance, Haven House, Toledo Maya Women’s Council, Toledo Cocoa Growers and Youth Enhancement Services.

HIVOS is Pulling Out Of Belize Wednesday: December 14, 2011

Belize City: After three decades of technical and financial support of organizations in Belize, the Humanist Institute for Cooperation, better known by its Spanish acronym HIVOS is pulling out of Belize. A low-key winding up of service in the form of a final meeting with groups funded by the organization was held Wednesday night in Belize City. Susana Rochna is the program officer for HIVOS based in Costa Rica. She said they worked along with some 20 Partner Organizations on a long term basis such as SPEAR whom they have given support to for nineteen years, Help For Progress seventeen years, Alliance Against AIDS and WIN whom the have supported for 12 and 13 years respectively. Rochna added that her HIVOS have being sponsoring some of the most important relevant partners or development organizations in this country, all over Belize. In the 30 years HIVOS have drawn into the county in terms of money, some 6 million Euros which is more or less a current rate, 18 million Belizean dollars, more intensively during the last 12 years in which the Government has increased on the largest amount of money provided per year . One of the organizations that has been getting funding from HIVOS is the Toledo Cacao Growers Association. Executive Director Armando Choco told Love News it is sad to see HIVOS go; but the funding agency has been a source of change for cacao growers in the south. Armando Choco – Executive Director, Toledo Cacao Growers Association said

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Understanding anger It’s important to realise several things about anger before you start tackling it. First, anger is a normal process that has allowed humans to evolve and adapt. It isn’t a bad thing in itself, but problems occur if it isn’t managed in the right way. Anger is also a mixture of both emotional and physical changes. A big surge of energy goes through your body as chemicals, such as adrenaline, are released. Once the cause of the anger is resolved, you may still have to deal with the physical effects - all that energy has to go somewhere. This can be taken out on another person, such as a partner, or an object - by punching a wall, for example. This last option can lead down the road to self-harm. The other alternative is to suppress the energy until the next time you’re angry. This may mean you release so much pent-up emotion that you overreact to the situation. Realising this can lead to feelings of shame or frustration when you reflect on your actions, and to further repression of your feelings. On the other hand, just letting your anger go in an uncontrolled fashion can lead to a move from verbal aggression to physical abuse - don’t forget, the other person is probably feeling angry with you too. But there is a flip side to anger. Because of the surge of energy it creates, it can be pleasurable. This feeling is reinforced if becoming angry allows the release of feelings of frustration, or if a person’s response to your anger gives you a sense of power. It’s important to acknowledge and keep an eye on this side of the problem - it can have an almost addictive element. Recognising why you get angry It’s important to be aware of the positive feelings you get from anger as well as the negative ones. By recognising the positive and negative feelings associated with your anger, it’s important to find other means of achieving and concentrating on the positives ones. Each person’s positives are different, so there will be different solutions for everyone, but some strategies might include: Trying a non-contact competitive sport.

Sunday, December 12h , 2011

Understanding Anger

Learning relaxation or meditation. Shouting and screaming in a private, quiet place. Banging your fists into a pillow. Going running. Any of these may help to vent your frustration and burn off any feelings you’re bottling up. Anger management techniques However, this still leaves the problem of dealing differently with those situations that make you angry. This takes practice. The first thing to do is list the situations that make you angry. Note down exactly what it is about them that makes you angry - it may be the immediate situation, or it could be that it represents a buildup of issues you haven’t resolved. Now ask yourself four questions about your interpretation of these situations: What evidence is there to show this is accurate? Is there another equally believable interpretation of what’s going on here? What action can I take to have some control of the situation? If my best friend were in this situation, what advice would I give to them? This won’t dispel the anger for every situation, but when you’re angry it can be difficult to assess a situation accurately. If a situation arises unexpectedly and you feel your temper rising, walk away and complete this exercise if you can. If your anger isn’t resolved by this, make sure you’ve given enough thought to what exactly you’re angry about. You need to be sure exactly before you can resolve it. It will usually involve a person, but not necessarily the one who’s the target of your anger in the situation and this is the person you need to work the situation out with.

To do this, find a time to raise the problem when you feel more in control of your temper. It may be a good idea to agree a time in advance. CUDSAIR It may feel like a tall order to discuss the issue without getting angry, but following a plan may help. Professor Richard Nelson-Jones has developed a good structure to use, called CUDSAIR. This stands for: Confront. Understand. Define.

Search. Agree. Implement. Review. First, it’s important that you confront the problem and not the person. State the nature of the problem and how it makes you feel. Be clear that it’s the problem - not the person - that makes you feel like this. This way you’ll develop a joint definition and ownership of what’s going on. Next, it’s important to understand each other’s view of the situation. It may help

to agree that each person should be able to say what they think about the problem without being interrupted by the other. After this, identify areas where you disagree. Don’t discuss the disagreements yet, just agree that you disagree. This is how you define the problem. The next step is to search for solutions. Here, be as outrageous as you like - but again, don’t make personal attacks. Generate as many possible solutions as you can - at the moment, it doesn’t matter how unrealistic they seem. Finally, you have to agree on a solution. This is probably the most delicate part of the whole process. It’s important that you both make concessions and acknowledge those that the other person has made. It’s also important not to have unrealistic expectations - it’s likely that the final solution won’t be ideal for either of you, but the resulting compromise will probably be better than the problems the anger generated. It’s important that you both keep to the agreement. It’s also important not to overreact to any breaches. Point them out, but there’s no need to get angry. You have the agreement to back you up. However well you both stick to the agreement, it’s worth having a review some time in the future to go through the CUDSAIR model again and see if things can’t be improved further.


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Sunday, November 27h , 2011

Christmas Recipe Aries- Whatever you wanted to get to at the beginning of the week, if it isn’t related to family, forget about it. (Although you might get some chores done around the house.) Wednesday and Thursday, try as you might to at last get some work done, you’re sidetracked by your love life. (But what a wonderful thing to be sidetracked by, right?) The advantage of being distracted by your love life is that it fills you with tons of energy, which will be useful Taurus- You’re speaking your mind -- and getting a great response. People light up when you say something they aren’t expecting. They realize they’re in the middle of an actual conversation. It’s startling. You surprise people in small ways like this all week. Remember, it takes confidence to really talk with people. However, a little too much confidence sometimes looks like pomposity. Weekend is everything you could hope for in a weekend. It’s an array of colors and lights and love.

How to prepare a glazed ham

Gemini-Your mind’s on getting what you want as the week begins, whether that’s in the romance department or in more material matters. Adjust that outlook a bit to center on what you have to give -- you’ll get much happier results. Giving your opinion shows your spark and your smarts, especially if it’s different. Don’t be afraid to disagree. The next few days look busy and bright, but the real romantic stuff doesn’t kick back in until Sunday, when you’re hot enough to melt hearts. Cancer-The week starts out very merry and very bright for you if the stars have their say. Family, friends and relationships old and new are favored now, and you’ve got a real knack with what to say and when. By Wednesday and Thursday, you may be ready to really flaunt how fine you’re feeling, and there’s nothing wrong with that, providing you’re giving the gift of feeling fine to others, too (and maybe someone in particular!). Leo-You’re sensitive a lot more sensitive than usual. So when someone tells you something and you almost physically react -- well, that’s what’s up. That said, no one else can tell. You have such command, such a polished way with things, that people register absolutely no change in your disposition. This unbelievable finesse is the subject of much discussion among others. Apparently you have fans. How flattering! You keep to yourself a bit more than usual, but you have a lot of gears turning. Virgo-You derive your energy from other people Monday and Tuesday. Someone walks into a room -- for what it’s worth, women figure prominently in the stars -- and something about your conversational chemistry wakes you up. Wednesday and Thursday, you need to be as woken up as possible. Madness is transpiring and you’ll need to be flexible to survive it. (Great days? Yes. You’re beaming. Libra-You’d love to keep your head down and focus, but you have all these feelings swimming around in you, all these distractions. Find something small and beautiful to focus on. If you’re at work, go buy a little plant and put it on your desk. Somehow this sort of thing works. What works is seeing good friends, people who inspire you to conversational greatness and who can see that there’s something you want to talk about. They convince you to open up. Scorpio-The beginning of the week’s hustle and bustle is easy to get caught up in, but there’s an opportunity here. Take a casual conversation a little further. Learn more about others and yourself. Your best bet is to concentrate on work; if you’re doing personal communication on the clock, watch yourself. On Friday and Saturday, life and love look much more fun, and you should look out for a secret or a sign that reveals a lot. Any plans you make now are favored, too, so make some romantic ones. Sagittarius-It’s okay that you’re not on the same page as everyone else. Follow where your own mood takes you and you’ll stumble onto something wonderful, some idea that no one else could think of. You stumble onto more wonderful things, although these things are actually things -- for example, upgraded seats on an airplane or a 20-dollar bill you find on the ground. Yay! You have some luck at this time. Capricorn-Home’s where the heart is as the week begins, and concentrating on one person is not as fulfilling as enjoying all the relationships in your life. Feel the love. Whatever work you’ve been neglecting demands attention around Wednesday and Thursday, but do keep an eye on a certain romantic situation, too. You don’t want to miss something now. What you’re learning about yourself and others via your love life comes together in meaningful new ways. Aquarius- Challenging, no doubt about it. But try not to let the challenges bring you down. Sure, when it’s real life and not a game, feelings get added to the mix, but that just makes things more interesting. You feel strongly about something, and someone else strongly disagrees. What ends up happening is the joint discovery of a brilliant middle ground, something neither of you would have found if not for the other. This accomplishment makes you long (this weekend) f Pisces- Romance is in the air, and so is a little music. Is that in your head? Is that piped in from somewhere? Whatever the case, you feel like you’re in a movie about someone who’s happy. You’re light on your feet. Wednesday and Thursday, you’re brought back to the real world by someone who insists on waving their hand in front of your face. You’re such a romantic, imagining your life with you-know-who while there’s work to be done.

To make your own glazed ham a success, follow these easy glazing tips. Ham basics Whole legs of ham usually weigh between seven and 10 kilograms, which is enough to feed a small army (see Guide to ham weights). You can always freeze leftovers or go for half leg, shoulder or easy carve boneless leg hams, which weigh between three to six kilograms. After removing the rind, (see How to remove rind and score the ham), wrap it in a damp tea towel and store in the fridge. Use it to cover leftover ham when storing. (The rind will stop the ham from drying out.) For perfect presentation, choose a ham with at least a 1.5cm-thick layer of fat. Score the fat in a diamond pattern, about 1cm deep. Take care not to cut through to the meat - the fat shrinks during cooking, so a deep cut may expose the meat and spoil the appearance of the ham. If you’re using a light glaze, stud the centre of each diamond shape with

cloves (this will stop the fat lifting away from the ham). You can freeze the ham and the ham bone to be used in soups, sandwiches and casseroles. Cut the meat from the bone and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Place in airtight containers. Label, date and freeze for up to one month. Thaw in fridge overnight. Guide to ham weights 3kg - 10-14 serves 4kg - 12-16 serves 5kg - 15-20 serves 6kg - 18-22 serves 7kg - 20-25 serves 8kg - 23-27 serves How to remove rind and score the ham Step 1: Use a small sharp knife to cut around the shank in a zig-zag pattern, about 10cm from the end. Run a knife under the rind, around the edge of the ham. Gently lift rind off in one piece by running your fingers between the rind and the fat.

HIVOS is Pulling Out Of Belize Continued from page 13 HIVOS helped WIN to grow as a network and even strengthened the collaboration among groups because it looked at gender and HIV and also sustainable livelihood so the group were all able to network more and to really look at the synergy and how we can work together to help strengthen each other so that it’s what it has done for WIN. Another group that has felt the impact of the HIVOS assistance over the years is the Toledo Maya Women’s Council. Funding has been provided for the organization since 2003 and Executive Director, Senator Pulcheria Teul commented that HIVOS departure from Belize is like saying goodbye to a good friend.

Teul added that one of the things that HIVOS made sure was to build capacity of the staff the board and the organization. That included building strategies for the stainability of the organization. Teul said that they have to seek other sources of funding and general support for the organization, so we have dealt with quite a number of partners and good partnership with other organizations and international agencies as well so we believe that we are in good standing to continue am ensuring that the organization is has a financial resource and the personnel to continue with its work.” HIVOS will continue to work in other countries in the region such as Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras.


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Sunday, December 12h , 2011

How to Prevent and Treat Dandruff and Itchy, Dry Scalp

If you suffer from a scalp that’s dry, itchy or irritated you may have dandruff. Dandruff is also known as scurf or seborrheic dermatitis. In addition, psoriasis on the scalp can cause dander in the hair. While dandruff can be quite embarrassing, the good news is it’s easy to control. With natural products and shampoo (like Head and Shoulders or Nizoral) you can get dandruff managed. If your dander is severe, you may want to visit a doctor for medicine or other treatment. However, most often you can use home remedy ideas for the best dandruff care and prevention! Causes of Dry, Itchy Scalp Learning how to control flakes is not rocket science, although it may seem like a tough challenge at first. First, you should understand what causes dandruff. The main cause of dandruff is the fungus Malassezia. This fungus feeds on oils and cholesterol already present in your scalp’s skin cells. Often the fungus can be caused by toxins in commercial shampoos. Dandruff shampoo and conditioner often works because they contain tar (which burns the flakes off of the scalp). Natural Treatment of Dandruff Flakes & Dry Scalp Causes You can naturally (and safely) control and cure your dandruff with homemade scalp mix-

Rapper’s slaying in Ga. music studio investigated

ning in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video. Police Sgt. Curtis Davenport said in an email late Saturday that no arrests had been made in the killing, but he declined to say whether investigators had identified any suspects. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said Friday that the rapper, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another individual that evening. He was transported to a city hospital where he was pronounced dead. Meadows said then that ATLANTA (AP) — Atlan- led to the slaying of rap- police had not identified tures. Using items in ta police are continuing to per Slim Dunkin, who was the shooter and witnessyour kitchen you can try to piece together what gunned down Friday eve- es had given varying accounts. quickly manage your scalp in a natural and effective way! Vinegar and Water Vinegar can be used for the treatment of dandruff. Sufferers can mix by glowing chandeliers. 3 teaspoons of vinegar Surrounded by friends with 7 teaspoons of water, apply it to their scalp and family - including at bed time and wrap the fellow BSB’ers Kevin head with a shower cap Richardson, Howie Doror towel. In the mornough, Nick Carter and ing, the hair should Brian Littrell, as well as be washed with gentle comedienne Kathy Grifshampoo and conditioner. fin and New Kids on the Lemon Juice, Vineger Block’s Joey McIntrye & Eggs - Another home the bride wore a gown by remedy includes mixVera Wang and walked ing 1 teaspoon of lemon down the aisle to Guns juice with several teaN’ Roses’ power ballad, spoons of vinegar. After rubbing this mixture “November Rain,” Us into the scalp, mix sevWeekly reports. eral eggs in a bowl and The singer took to Twitpour them onto your ter to express his wedhair. Rinse with gentle ding day jitters on Frishampoo and conditionday, Tweeting, “Wedding er, as normal. Natural Oils - Olive oil is tomorrow, Ro and I and almond oil are also could barely sleep last known to help control night, I think we’re a litdandruff. You can mix tle excited! the two together, apply it “I’m so nervous and exto your scalp and leave it cited for tomorrow,” he for several minutes. Then wash and condition your added. hair for shiny and danAs previously reported druff-free results. on Access Hollywood. Traditional Treatment A.J. McLean married to JustJared.com. com, A.J. proposed to Methods longtime girlfriend Ro- PLAY IT NOW: The Rochelle nearly two While dandruff shampoos may be effective, chelle DeAnna Karidis New Kids On The Block years ago at his Las Vethey are often only quick on Saturday, according & The Backstreet Boys gas solo concert, where Talk Touring Together fixes to the problem of to multiple reports. the singer took the stage dandruff. Natural solu- The Backstreet Boy, 33, The couple, who got en- on the eve of his 32nd tions and homemade and his bride tied the gaged in January 2010, rinses are often more ef- knot under a tent at the said their vows under a birthday, brought out his lucky lady and popped fective for the treatment of dandruff. However, Beverly Hills Hotel, in a gazebo embellished with the question to the deif you notice your con- ceremony officiated by white hydrangeas, ac- light of the audience dition worsening you celebrity photographer cording to People, while should see your doctor Tyler Shields, according guests were surrounded

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Weds Longtime Girlfriend


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Scientists question if wi-fi Names proposed for new elements laptops can damage sperm Scientists have put forward their suggested names for the newest additions to the Periodic Table. If the names are accepted, element 114 will become Flerovium (Fl) in honour of the physicist Georgiy Flerov.

Scientists are questioning if using wi-fi on a laptop to roam the internet could harm a man’s fertility, after lab work suggested ejaculated sperm were significantly damaged after only four hours of exposure. The benchside tests showed sperm were less able to swim and had changes in the genetic code that they carry. Experts stress this does not mean the same would occur in a real-life setting and say men should not worry unduly. But they are recommending more studies. The preliminary research, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, looked at semen samples from 29 healthy donors. Each donor sample was separated out into two pots. One of these pots was then stored for four hours next to a laptop that was wirelessly connected to the internet. The other was stored under identical conditions, minus the laptop. The scientists, from Argentina and the US, suspect that the effect seen is unrelated to the heat kicked out by a laptop, although heat can damage sperm. Under investigation The UK’s Health Protection Agency has been closely monitoring the safety of wi-fi. It says people using wi-fi, or those in the proximity of wifi equipment, are exposed to the radio signals it emits and some of the transmitted energy in the signals is absorbed in their bodies. However, the signals are very low power. The HPA says there is no consistent evidence to date that exposure to radio signals from wi-fi adversely affects the health of the general population. UK fertility expert Dr Al-

lan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: “The study is very well conducted, but we should be cautious about what it may infer about the fertility of men who regularly use laptops with wi-fi on their laps. “Ejaculated sperm are particularly sensitive to many factors because outside the body they don’t have the protection of the other cells, tissues and fluids of the body in which they are stored before ejaculation. Therefore, we cannot infer from this study that because a man might use a laptop with wi-fi on his lap for more than four hours then his sperm will necessarily be damaged and he will be less fertile. “We need large epidemiological studies to determine this, and to my knowledge these have not yet been performed.” He said men should still be cautious about balancing a laptop on their thighs for hours on end. “We know from other studies that the bottom of laptops can become incredibly hot and inadvertent testicular heating is a risk factor for poor sperm quality. “There is a case report of a man who burnt his penis after using a laptop resting on his lap for a long time. Therefore, there are many reasons to try and use a laptop on a table where possible, and this may in itself ameliorate any theoretical concerns about wi-fi.”

While element 116 will become Livermorium (Lv), after the Californian laboratory where it was discovered. The table’s governing body will officially endorse the names in five month’s time, 10 years after the elements were discovered.

year review by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).

est editions to the periodic table by smashing calcium ions into the element curium to create element 116, which quickly decays to element 114.

The other putative heavy el- The teams also created eleements, 113, 115, and 118, ment 114 separately by reare still under review. placing curium with a plutonium target. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Labo- IUPAC will officially acratory’s (LLNL), in collab- cept the proposed names aforation with a team at the ter giving the public time to Flerov Laboratory of Nu- comment on the discovers’ clear Reactions in Dubna, choice. Russia, discovered the new-

The newest elements were among a handful of elements put forward for inclusion in the table in recent years. They were accredited in June this year after a three

Scan can spot ‘curable cause of high blood pressure

Doctors say they have found a medical test that can diagnose the most common curable cause of high blood pressure. Conn’s syndrome - a disease of the adrenal glands that sit above the kidneys - is thought to be the cause behind one in 20 cases of hypertension. But until now it has been difficult to detect, requiring a complex series of tests on blood taken from a vein supplying the adrenal gland.Experts at the University of Cambridge say a simple scan can spot the problem.The hi-tech PETCT scan looks for small growths in the adrenal glands that are about the size of a five pence piece, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabo-

lism reports. These benign growths or tumours - called adenomas - pump out too much of a hormone called aldosterone, which in turn raises blood pressure. The researchers developed a special radioactive tracer called 11C-metomidate, which lights up culprit adenomas in the scan.Once the problem is identified the condition can be treated either by surgi-

cally removing the affected gland or by using a drug to block the effects of aldosterone.This is important because high blood pressure greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.After initial success in 44 patients, the Cambridge team is now using the scan on any patients they suspect to have Conn’s syndrome.


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BAAA holds 2011 national track & field championships BAAA holds 2011 national track & field championships

cember 10, 2011

Belize City, Saturday, De-

Belize’s top track and field athletes: Kenneth Brackett,

Charnelle Enriquez Gloria Serano, Justin Awe, Mark Anderson and Kaina Martinez each won 2 gold medals

EVENT M/F CAT. NAMES POSITION TIME/DIST 5K male open Denroy Nembhard 1st 18:38 5K male open Albert Davis 2nd 21:40 100m female Kaina Martinez 1st 12:10 100m female Charnelle Enriquez 2nd 12:44 100m female Tiffarah Welch 3rd 13:32 100m female Kristen fuentes 4th 13:56 100m female Diedrelexcy Grinage 5th 17:01:00 100m male Mark Anderson 1st 11:10 100m male Brandon Flores 2nd 11:15 100m male Jervis Myvette 3rd 11:41 100m male Arren Roches 4th 100m male Tyler Swazo 5th 100m male Tevin Bernardez 6th 100m male Emory Bood 7th 100m male Jorge Jimenez 8th 200m female Charnelle Enriquez 1st 28:56:00 200m female Kaina Martinez 2nd 28:62 200m female Diedrelexcy Grinage 3rd 37:23:00 200m male Mark Anderson 1st 24:44:00 200m male Jervis Myvette 2nd 25:19:00 200m male Jorge Jimenez 3rd 27:00:00 200m male Tyler Swazo 4th 27:60 200m male Junior Najera 5th 28:47:00 200m male Emory bood 6th 30:85 400m female Ashanti Carr 1st 1:10 400m female Ashonti Carr 2nd 1:11 400m male Chavis Lopez 1st 57:19:00 400m male Linus Tingling 2nd 1:00:28 400m male Chrstopher Enriquez 3rd 1:00:58 800m female Ashontu Carr 1st 2:42:26 800m female Ashanti Carr 2nd 2:45:47 800m female Kristen Fuentes 3rd 3:04:58 800m female Nancy Castillo 4th 3:18:56 800m male Michael Perrera 1st 2:16:56 800m male Darren Leal 2nd 2:16:59 800m male Wilhelm Leslie 3rd 2:18:56 800m male Alexander Alvarado 4th 2:20

when the Belize Amateur Athletic Association held the 2011 national track and field championships in col-

laboration with the Health & Fitness Gym (formerly Body 2000) at the MCC

1500m female Nancy Castillo 1st 7:03 1500m male Wilhelm Leslie 1st 5:04:59 1500m male Darren Leal 2nd 5:07:10 1500m male Alexander Alvarado 3rd 5:16:12 LongJump female Tricia Flores 1st 5.64 LongJump female Charnelle Enriquez 2nd 5.02 LongJump female Shanika Augustine 3rd 4.83 LongJump Kalifa Gray 4th 4.5 LongJump male Kenneth brackett 1st 6.94 LongJump male Jorje Jimenez 2nd 5.89 LongJump male Jermaine Madrill 3rd 5.84 LongJump Martin Flowers 4th 5.72 Discus female Gloria Serano 1st 29.69 Discus female Megan Longsworth 2nd 23.67 Discus female Charnelle Enriquez 3rd 20.02 Discus male Justin Awe 1st 30.94 Discus male Martin Flowers 2nd 23.08 Discus male Rasheed Carballo 3rd 16.77 Javelin female Gorlee Marin 1st 26.96 Javelin female Gloria Serano 2nd 26.25 Javelin male Arlen Pou 1st 47.9 Javelin male Martin Flowers 2nd 39.24 male Justin Awe 3rd 38.96 ShotPut female Gloria Serano 1st 10.42 ShotPut female Megam Longsworth 2nd 8.15 ShotPut female Gorlee Marin 3rd 7.94 ShotPut male Justin Awe 1st 12.12 ShotPut male Arlen Pou 2nd 11.9 Triple Jump female Charnelle Enriquez 1st Triple Jump female Shanika Augustine 2nd Triple Jump male Kenneth Brackett 1st Triple Jump male Jorge Jimenez 2nd Triple Jump male Martini Flowers 3rd Triple Jump male Rasheed Carballo 4th


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SCA girls win CSSSA basketball champs Belize City, Friday, De- The SCA girls will challenge on cember 9, 2011 the Southern Division champs, the Delille Academy girls on The St Catherine’s Academy Friday, while the Northern Digirls will be representing the vision champs, the Muffles Central Division at the Nation- College girls of Orange Walk al Secondary Schools Sports Town, will take on the Western Association (NSSSA) basket- Division champs, the Sacred ball championships hosted by Heart College girls of San IgnaSan Pedro High School at the cio, also on Friday. The losers S.P.H.S. auditorium this com- of Friday’s games play the coning weekend as they won the solation for 3rd place first thing Central Secondary Schools Saturday morning, while the Sports Association (CSSSA) winners play for the champibasketball championship over onship on Saturday afternoon. the Wesley college girls, at the The SCA girls dominated the Belize City Center last Thurs- Wesley College girls in both day and Friday, December 8-9. games of the finals, winning

Sadie Vernon boys 3-peat as CSSSA basketball champs Belize City, day, December 9,

Fri- added 3pts and Kyle Middle2011 ton tossed in abucket for SJC. Sadie Vernon’s RoderThe Sadie Vernon Techni- ick Williams and Charles cal High School boys will be Armstrong added 5 pts representing the Central Divi- each to seal the 85-70 win sion at the National Second- In Game 2 on Friday night, ary Schools Sports Association Kachief Thomas had hit 6 treys (NSSSA) basketball champi- to lead Sadie Venon with 36 pts onships hosted by San Pedro in their 94-79 win over SJC. High School at the S.P.H.S. SJC’s MVP Devin Daly had auditorium this coming week- scored 35 pts as SJC sought end as they won their 3rd to take the series to a Game 3. Central Secondary Schools SJJC led 27-18 lead in the 1st Sports Association (CSSSA) quarter, and Tarrique Middlebasketball championship by ton also hit a trey as he added running over the St John’s 13 pts. Alex Ellis scored 12pts College boys in both games for SJC to lead 45-44 at the of the finals series at the Be- half. Zachary Usher grabbed relize City Center last Thursday bounds in the paint and scored 7 and Friday, December 8-9. pts, while Amal Banner scored The Sadie Vernon boys will 6pts and SJC was still up 69challenge the Southern Divi- 65 at the end of the 3rd quarter. sion champs, the Stann Creek Andrew Ortiz led the Sadie Ecumenical College boys on Vernon counterattack with Friday evening, while the 18pts, and Roderick Williams Northern Division champs, the added 14 pts. Charles ArmSan Pedro High School boys, strong chipped in 7pts as the will take on the Western Di- Sadie Vernon took over the vision champs, the Belmopan lead in money time.. Lincy LoComprehensive School boys, pez scored 8pts on fast breaks on Friday. The losers of Fri- and Peter Mckoy added 4pts day’s games play the conso- and Dion Roches tossed in lation game for 3rd place on one bucket for the 94-79 win. Saturday morning, while the winners play for the champi- Belize City, Saturonship on Saturday afternoon. day, December 3, 2011 In Game 1 on Thursday night, Athletes with intellectual or Kachief Thomas had hit 9 treys physical impairments from to lead Sadie Vernon with a the Central districts of the monster 52 pts in their 85-70 Belize and Cayo topped the win over SJC. but Sadie Ver- medal count when Special non led 19-18 in the 1st quar- Olympics Belize hosted its ter as Andrew Ortiz stuffed 8th annual National Games the net with monster dunks at the M.C.C. grounds allfor 14pts and Lincy Lopez day on Saturday, Decemran away to score 10pts on ber 3. The Games included fast breaks, the Sadie Vernon track and field events, as well lead grew to 43-30 at the half. as the five a side football Tarrique Middleton hit 4 treys games, and was contested as he led SJC’s offensive with by teams from the North, 23 pts, while Devin Daly added Central and South regions of Belize. Over 100 ath21 pts for SJC, and Alex Ellis letes participated in the day tossed in 12pts, but SJC was event. The South Region of still down 56-65 by the end of Stann Creek and Toeldo disthe 3rd quarter. Zachary Ush- tricts were 2nd in the medal er scored 4pts, Dimitri Fabro count and the North Region

Game 1: 24-18 over Wesley on Thursday. Gilda Estrada led SCA with 14pts, while Kursha Pollard added 6pts, Chelsi Noralez had 4pts, and Sahar Vasquez added one bucket. Wesley’s Genae Samuels scored 8pts, and Kaylin Williams added 4pts, Shanice Humse had 3pts, Shanice Neal scored one bucket and Chineyre Wade scored from the charity stripe. In Game 2 on Friday night, the Wesley girls sought to take the series to a Game 3, as Genae Samuels scored 12 pts and Wesley took over the lead 11-10 at the half. Shanice

Neal and Shanice Humes each added 4 pts as the Wesley girls opened up a 18-14 point spread in the 3rd quarter. The SCA girls made an amazing comeback led by Kursha Pollard, ho drained in a long trey to lead SCA with 13 pts for the 27-23 win over the Wesley girls. The SCA girls led 6-3 in the 1st quarter, and SCA’s Chelsi Noralez, Kafira Gill and Shantel Castillo played big defense, while Gilda Estrada added 12 pts, and Chelsi Noralez tossed in a bucket from an offensive rebound to regain the lead in money time for the 27-23 win.

The SCA girls had dominated Wesley 23-14 in their first encounter in the regular competition, and the SCA girls reached the finals by a surprise 19-15 upset of the 5x national champs, the Gwen Lizarraga High School girls in last Monday’s semifinals.. The Wesley College girls had qualified to the finals by blowing out the Anglican Cathedral College girls 29-8 in the semifinals last Tuesday night. Genae Samuels led Wesley with 11 pts, while Janelle Grinage scored all 8 pts for A.C.C.

Millennium Girls win female football championship final – Game 1 Caye Caulker, day, December 11,

Enriquez, Shehady Chan, goal into the empty net.

Sun- Angie Lima and Wendy Cas- When the Island Stars re2011 tellanos, but the tenacious buffed Sheryann’s next

The Millennium Girls of Belize City won Game 1 of the Belize district female football championship finals: 6-0 against the of Caye Caulker Island Stars at the Caye Caulker field on Sunday afternoon. Kursha Pollard and Sheryann “Baby” Tracy led the Millennium girls’ offensives supported by midfielders Kara Kisling, Geanne Cayetano, Sharmaine Augustus and Christine Avila-Jacobs at midfield. The pressure of their attack proved too much for the Island Girls’ defense, anchored by Alini Guzman, with the help of Carina Te, Saira Reyes and Vanessa Smith who gave up a corner kick and Kursha Pollard made them pay the maximum penalty with a shoo past the goalie Maribel Dominguez as the city girls took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st half. Lillian Joseph and Stephanie Duarte led the Island girls’ counterattack with the support of midfielders Josefa

Millennium defense led by veteran Adelma Broaster and Sarah Arzu, sweeper Melony Tasher and Latanya Gamboa shut them out the entire game. Millennium’s goalie Carlicia Petillo took care of all other challenges Kursha Pollard scored a 2nd goal with a cannonball shot when Millennium won another corner kick: 2-0. The visitors won a free kick and from 30 yards outside the goal, Sarah Arzu unleashed a long-range cruise missile to embarrass Dominguez with a 3rd goal before the half time break. In the 2nd half, Juana Dominguez and Esperanza Reyes replaced Angie Lima and Josefa Enriquez, and Millenniium’s coach introduced Kaya Cattouse to take over from Sharmaine Augustus. A long lob forward from Sarah Arzu found Sherryann Tracy, who razzle-dazzled the ball around 3 defenders and Maribel Dominguez to scored a 4th

try, Sarah Arzu collected the rebound sent it back through the crowd of players milling around in front of the goal, and Dominguez was embarrassed again as she did not see the ball until it was too late: 5-0. Island Stars’ coach John Trejo pulled out all the stops as he sought to turn things around, introducing Jacqueline Riverol for Vanessa Smith on defense and Saira Reyes pushed forward to midfield while Sofia Diego entered the ball game when a banged-up Stephanie Duarte had to be carried off the field. The visitors’ Antoinette Hernandez and Wendy Vernon also entered the fray for Adelma Broaster and Sheryann Tracy. Kursha Pollard iced the victory cake with a bullet of a shot that Domnguez hadn’t a prayer of stopping to complete her hat personal trick for a 6-0 win. Game of the series comes up on a Wednesday night at the MCC grounds.

Central kids wins most gold at 2011 Special Olympics

of Corozal and Orange Walk ranked 3rd. The day started with a Torch Run at 8:30 am. Orange Walk’s Vinette Galvez won gold in the 30m walk in 5-7 age group, while Amelia of Toledo took silver, and Orange Walk’s Briannie Chavarria took the bronze. Cayo’s Carlicia Hyde was 4th. Corozal’s Oliver Coba won gold in the 30m walk in 5-7 age group,, while Corozal’s Jaleel Hamilton took silver, Cayo’s Karim McNichol won bronze and Stann Creek’s Rodel Tasher was 4th. Belize district’s Jaime Muschamp won gold in the 60m walk for girls in 8-10 age group, while Orange Walk’s Laisha Bobadilla took silver, and Toledo’s Brenda Cucul won bronze. Corozal’s Shadelly Sanchez was 4th, Kenisha Eman - 5th and Cayo’s Kera Smith - 6th.

Stann Creek’s Isaiah Gentle won gold in the 60m walk, while Toledo’s Adrian Parham took silver, and Corozal’s Jaser Cob - the bronze. Sandro Cob was fourth and Xander Velasquez – fifth. Cayo’s Anika Lewis won gold in the 80m walk for girls 1113, while Naila Matuz won silver, and Punta Gorda Jarumi Lopez took the bronze. Orange Walk’s Elizannie Reyes was 4th, Belize district’s Kaitlyn Guzman was 5th and Felicia Cherrington - 6th. Toledo’s Randall Winwright won gold in the 80m boys’walk, Belize district’s James Jenkins took the silver, and Larry Chi – bronze. Rigel Domingues was 4th, Michael Flores – 5th and Marcel Lucas – 6th. Toledo’s Amelia won a gold in the 30m. run, with Briannie Chavarria taking silver, and Corozal’s Jilliani

Marin – bronze. Cayo’s Carlisia Hyde was 4th. Corozal’s Oliver Coba won gold in the 30m run, while Rodel Tasher took silver, and Jaleel Hamilton – bronze. Jaime Muschamp won another gold in the 60m sprint for girls in the 8-10 age group, while Stann Creek’s Rondine Tasher won silver, and Shantel Roland – bronze. Sheeny ran fourth and Laisha Bobadilla was fifth. Rodel Tasher won a gold in the boys’ 60m sprint with Cyril Blanco taking silver, and Corozal’s Jaser Cob - bronze, Xander Velasquez was 4th. Belize district’s Ebony Gordon won gold the 80m sprint for girls in the 11-13 age group, while Corozal’s Rosa Matuz won silver, and Elizannie Reyes - bronze. Belize district’s Felicia Cherrington was 4th, Cayo’s Ariel Bradley – 5th, and Christine Lewis - 6th.


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Headlines: Toledo Rice Farmers want their Money. Hustle and Misconduct at Western Border Immigration. Clean Bill of Health for the ‘Port of...