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StampsOn Monday, February 6, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 60th year of reign. According to British High Commissioner, Pat Ashworth, celebratory events were being held across the Commonwealth in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She made an official visit to Norfolk, England, which was one of the first places she visited upon being crowned Queen 60 years ago. There, she visited infant and nursery students at Dersingham School. A 62-gun salute was held in her honour at the Tower of London. 41 and 21-gun salutes were held in other parts of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth as well.


Here in Belize, the Postal Service launched a sheet of commemorative stamps in honour of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The unveiling of the stamps took place after a brief ceremony at the House of Culture in Belize City. The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, who acts as the Queen’s Representative, was present at the ceremony as High Commissioner, Pat Ashworth presented the Queen’s Message.

She said, “In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.

For many generations, the Queen has been the only constant symbol. She has been a symbol of dignity and humble authority. She is a figure that transcends politics and is still the most recognizable face in the world. Ashworth hopes that her rededication to service will inspire people of the Commonwealth to serve their country more.

Also in attendance at the launching of the commemorative stamps were students, historians and stamp collectors. The stamps are available in 25 cents, 60 cents, 75 cents, 1 dollar, 2 dollar and 5 dollar pieces. They were designed by CASCO Studio and printed by BDT International Security Printing Ltd., which are both internationally respected firms. Stamps printed for the Belize Postal Service are sold up to six months after release. However, these are limited edition collectables and the demand for them is extremely high. Officials of the Postal Service warn that they may be all out by the end of March. Those interested in applying for purchase of the stamps can call the Belize Postal Service at 227-2201 or contact by e-mail at \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Other festivities relating to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee include visits by members of the Royal Family to different Commonwealth nations. Prince Harry will be visiting Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. The tour of the Caribbean Commonwealth Realms will be the first unaccompanied foreign visit by the Prince on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He will be in Belize on March 2 and 3. Details of his visit are still being finalized and Ashworth said the Prince is expected to be in Belize for a little longer than 24 hours. 

-1 1 0 40 2/9/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 6 0 2329 robots= author= 4379 New PUP, Old PUP, Same PUP new-pup-old-pup-same-pup

In 1998 when Mr. Esquivel left office, it is reported that the foreign debt was around half a billion dollars.  Between 1998 and 2007 the PUP administration ran it up to some $3 Billion dollars spelt with a “B”.  The PUP”s era of “Ralphonomics” was a total disaster filled with lavish spending on failed ventures designed to jump start the economic train.


As a result of the irresponsible spending, in 2007 the PUP Government defaulted on its foreign debt services to all loan note holders.  This sovereign default led to the MONSTER known as the SUPER BOND. This monstrosity gave the PUP a perfect way to cover up all those unserviceable loans to Novelo’s, Glen Godfrey and the likes.  One has to remember all the sovereign guaranteed loans afforded to PUP cronies became the responsibility of government after these businesses failed. There are no tangible benefits to the people of Belize from these failed adventures. However,  these were packaged as part of the SUPER BOND and now being repaid by the Belizean Public who did not benefit. Also forming a part of the SUPER BOND is over US $120 Million dollars that one AGENCY claimed the PUP Government could not account for. By not being able to account for it, government at that time could not show the public any tangible results from those disappearing funds. THE SUPER BOND HAS US PAYING BACK LOANS FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS THAT IN NO WAY BENEFITED THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

As the March 7th elections draw near I am hearing the leader by default of the PUP mouthing words that sounds like more sovereign guarantees for failed PUP businessmen once more. Old PUP, New PUP, same PUP!!!  If one listens carefully to his message you will persistently hear the word “FACILITATE.” “We will facilitate the building of a new cruise port……” We will facilitate the building a new hotel and conference center……” The importance of the use of the word facilitate is key, as it is saying that the PUP are not promising it.  The public cannot hold them to it, as they will only create the environment for it. But how will they facilitate? This can only come about by offering sovereign guarantees to some PUP Businessman.

If one should examine the idea of the new cruise port, one will realize that there is no viable access land available in Belize City. So then, they must be toying with the idea of the Stake Bank project that was being promoted years ago by a PUP businessman. This will involve serious dredging and construction of miles of causeway over the sea. This venture will involve hundreds of millions of dollars, which government does not have. Therefore, the only way a PUP Government will be able to FACILITATE such a venture is through a sovereign guarantee (SUPER BOND).

The HotelConvention Center may be a bid to stave off impending take over by a local bank of a hotel casino combo building. A brother of an ex PUP leader has heavy investment in a failing venture that is definitely going into receivership. Facilitating refinance of this failing venture sounds like one of Fonseca’s promise. -1 1 0 40 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 5 0 1215 robots= author= 4380 Punta Gorda Next Stop on PM’s Tour punta-gorda-next-stop-on-pms-tour The Prime Minister of  Belize, Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, will continue his national tour on Sunday, February 12.

The tour now takes him south of the country as he will be visiting Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District. Residents are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Prime Minister and plan to welcome him in grand fashion. 

PM Barrow is scheduled to arrive at the Punta Gorda Airstrip at 11:30 a.m. He will be greeted by residents of the town and escorted to lunch.  At 12:30 p.m. he will lead a motorcade through the principal streets of Punta Gorda and stop at the PG Sporting Complex for official ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister and other Ministers of Government and hear directly from them about current and future government programs. -1 1 0 40 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 4 0 1034 robots= author= 4381 Denny Grijalva – Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers! denny-grijalva-building-bridges-breaking-barriers

PMIn an unprecedented occurrence UDP Standard Bearer for the Orange Walk Central, Denny Grijalva gathered the entire Indian and Chinese Communities at a social gathering with the Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow at Grijalva’s residence immediately following the Prime Minister’s tour on Sunday February 5th.


It was quite an impressive showing as Grijalva proved that he has what it takes to bring people together to reach to solutions. The PM met with both communities who in turn expressed their concerns to him. The Indian community’s primary concern was the Commercial Free Zone and its future. They expressed their satisfaction with the current management of the entity and asked the PM that if the government of the United Democratic Party be given another opportunity that business in the Zone would continue under the current management. They also expressed their concern on whether or not the GST would be increased. To both the questions the Prime Minister was able to allay all fears that the Zone would change management or that the GST would be increasing. None of them he said was going to take place.

For their part, the Chinese community expressed concerns over the crime situation in Orange Walk. To this concern both the Prime minister and Grijalva affirmed that they will do everything in their power to ensure that Orange Walk becomes the safe environment for business as it once was. -1 1 0 40 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 2/9/2012 19:39:34 64 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 2 0 3 0 1362 robots= author= 4382 Mark’s Resignation release marks-resignation-release

The Hon. Mark Espat has notified the PUPAlbert Executive Committee that he will not offer himself as a candidate in theupcoming General Elections. Our Committee is aware of the circumstances leadingto his decision. While we wished for Mark to continue in publicservice, we understandand fully support this difficult choice.

Since 1996, our Executive Committee and theAlbert Action Committee have worked closely with Markon multiple endeavors, andespecially in securing the Albert Division for the PUP. Our GeneralElection victoryin 1998 was the first for the PUP in Albert since 1961, and our three victoriesin 1998, 2003, and 2008, combined, were by the widest margins of anyconstituencyin the country.

Those expressions of confidence by the peoplein Mark and in our Committees were achieved because of an unyielding commitmentto putting people first, and because of an outstanding record ofaccomplishments in Albert and in the various Cabinet posts in whichMark served.

Our Committee is eternally grateful to the people of Albert for lending us their trust and theircooperation. We arethankful to the wider PUP family, particularly the rank and file. What Party members like us seek and what Belizeans deserve is a Party where donors matter less and merit matters more; where results match rhetoric; and where policieslive up to the Party’s creed of service to the people, social justiceand a mixedeconomy.

We express our sincere and lastingappreciation to Mark for his exceptional style of focused, results-oriented andcompassionate leadership. At critical junctures, in Government and inOpposition, Mark stood firm in defending the interests of the 99% from theassaults of the 1%, refusing to be bullied into submission. Mark represented thepeople of Albert and of Belize with distinction.

To allow the PUP to proceed in selecting itsnew Standard Bearer and Constituency Executive Committee, we will advise theChairman of the Party that our current Committee will stand down with immediateeffect. We offer best wishes to the Party’s national and municipal candidates inthe upcoming joint elections.

PUP ALBERT CONSTITUENCY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Ms. Alnoye Smith, Chairperson
February 6, 2012

 

 

 

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SigningAt 11:00, on Monday February 6, 2012 the Belize Workers Union (BWU) and Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) signed a three-year Collective Agreement effective July 1, 2011 to 30 June 2014. The Agreement covers employees at Tower Hill Factory, Transport and Field Engineering (both these are ancillaries in Orange Walk) and Slipway in the Corozal District. The agreement calls for a wage increase of 4% from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 and a 5% increase effective 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. Additionally, a one-off supplemental bonus of 3% will be payable for the first year of the Agreement, retroactive from 1 July 2011. Any movement in wage rates for the third year will be discussed at that time.


The signing was witnessed by officials of the BWU, BSIL and the Labour Department. All parties commented on the amicable fashion in which the discussions were held and agreement reached, and pledged to continue pursuing this spirit of cooperation between Company and Union. -1 1 0 59 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 2 0 627 robots= author= 4384 Photo exhibit opens at the Mexican Embassy photo-exhibit-opens-at-the-mexican-embassy

PhotoBelmopan, Belize, 2 February 2012.


Today, the Mexican Embassy hosted the opening of the exhibition “Picture This: Our Diverse Reality”, which shares the perspectives of people with diverse abilities through photographs they have taken about what is important to them.
The exhibition is coordinated by Sharon Craig, Kent Young and Sister Beverly Hoffman, in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities, Care Belize, St. Francis Xavier University of Canada and the Mexican Embassy.

In the last four years, Mexico has provided special attention to the policies related to persons with diverse abilities both at the domestic and the international level. On September 2001, Mexico proposed to the United Nations to discuss an international convention to protect persons with disabilities at the World Conference against racism in Durban, South Africa. After being approved and ratified by different countries, finally on May 3rd, 2008, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force. Additionally, Mexico has continued participating in different regional and international organizations promoting the protection of persons with diverse abilities.

At the domestic level, Mexico established in 2003 the Anti-Discrimination Council, lead by Mr. Gilberto Rincon-Gallardo, a national and international leader of persons with disabilities and a political activist in Mexico. Mexico has also enhanced the development of different initiatives and public-private projects to expand the protection and the appropriate services to persons with diverse abilities, such as the Teleton project which has established different Child Rehabilitation Centers across Mexico for children with disabilities.

More recently, the Mexican Government conducted a National Survey on Disabilities (ENADIS) in order to assess the state of the protection of the population with diverse abilities and to guide the implementation of policies in this area. For all those reasons, the Mexican Embassy welcomed the exhibition “Picture This: Our Diverse Reality” in order to contribute to the efforts in Belize towards the strengthening of the protection of persons with diverse abilities.

The exhibition will remain open until February 10th, 2012. The entrance is free and open to the general public, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5 pm. -1 1 0 59 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 781 robots= author= 4385 High schools softball competition opens high-schools-softball-competition-opens

Wesley’sThe Central Region Secondary Schools Softball Competition opened on Monday February 6, 2012, at Rogers Stadium.

The schools that are competing in this year’s girls’ competition are: Anglican Cathedral College, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Ladyville Technical High School, Nazarene High School, St. Catherine Academy and Wesley College.  Meanwhile, the schools in the boys’ competition are Anglican Cathedral College, Excelsior High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School, St. John’s College and Wesley College.

In the first girls’ game of the competition, Nazarene High School defeated Ladyville Technical High School by the score of 4-1. The winning pitcher was Ashley Lucas and the losing pitcher was Rebecca Nicholson.

In the boys’ game, St. John’s College won handily over Wesley College by the score of 14-2. The winning pitcher was Myric Marin and the losing pitcher was Eugene Rowley.

The competition will continue on Thursday February 9 with one game in the male competition between Anglican Cathedral College and Gwen Lizarraga High School.

-1 1 0 41 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 6 0 729 robots= author= 4386 Gwen Lizarraga High School boys and girls Central Region Football Champions gwen-lizarraga-high-school-boys-and-girls-central-region-football-champions

GwenThe 2011-2012 Central Region Secondary Schools Football Competition came to an end at the MCC Grounds on Monday February 4, 2012, where Gwen Lizarraga High School boys and girls captured the region’s football title.

In the female championship game two, Wesley College defeated Gwen Lizarraga High School by the score of 2-1 to force the pivotal game into a penalty shootout.

The goal scorers for Wesley College were Elisha Bernardez and Shanice Neal, while the goal scorer for Gwen Lizarraga High School was Jersha Estrada.

In the penalty shootout Gwen Lizarraga High School prevailed with a 5-3 win. The goal scorers for Gwen Lizarraga High School were Deandra Coote, Jersha Estrada and Ebony White, while the goal scorer for Wesley College was Erica Milligan.

In the male championship game two, Gwen Lizarraga High School defeated Anglican Cathedral College by the score of 2-1. The goal scorers for Gwen Lizarraga High School were Ralph Martinez and Marvin Sosa, while the only goal for Anglican Cathedral College was scored by Stephen Zuniga.

On Saturday February 4, in the first game of the female championship series, Gwen Lizarraga High School blanked Wesley College by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Kishay Bevans.

Meanwhile, in the male championship game one, Gwen Lizarraga High School defeated Anglican Cathedral College by the score of 2-1. The goal scorers for Gwen Lizarraga High School were Akeem Jones and John Valerio. For Anglican Cathedral College, the goal scorer was Richard Waight.

-1 1 0 41 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 5 0 1325 robots= author= 4387 Belize to host regional anti-doping meeting and training belize-to-host-regional-anti-doping-meeting-and-training

The National Sports Council, Belize  Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Central America and Colombia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be holding the Annual Board of Directors Meeting and the Doping Control Officers Training in Belize City from February 13-17, 2012.

The official Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday February 14, at 9:00 am at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, and will be declared open by the Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of the Public Service, Governance Improvement, Elections & Boundaries and Sports.|

The Board of Directors Meeting and Doping Control Officers Training will bring together some 35 participants from all seven Central American Countries for a four-day intense discussion and training.

The Doping Control Officers Training will be conducted by Lorena Martinez, Alejandro Lugo and Ryan Carpenter from USADA.

On Friday February 17, the Doping Control Officers will carry out five random selections Out-of-Competition Anti-Doping Collection from Belizean athletes.

-1 1 0 41 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 4 0 1121 robots= author= 4388 Interoffice softball comes to an end on Friday at Rogers Stadium interoffice-softball-comes-to-an-end-on-friday-at-rogers-stadium

The X Annual Interoffice Softball Competition will come to an end on Friday February 10, 2012, at Rogers Stadium between Education the number one seed and Telemedia the number four seed.

The Grand Final game is scheduled to commence at 7:30 pm with the winner taking the crown.

On Saturday February 11, at 5:00 pm the Belize Softball Federation will be hosting two games at Rogers Stadium. In game one, it will be Ministry of Health against the sub-champion from Belize and in the second game it will be Police against the champion from Belize.

The Police and Ministry of Health are the champions and sub-champions from the recently concluded Interministerial softball competition that was played in Belmopan.

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The National Secondary Schools Sports Association will be holding its annual National Secondary Schools Football Championship on Friday and Saturday February 10 and 11, 2012 respectively.

The championship will be played at the MCC Grounds and is being hosted by Nazarene High School.

The schools that will compete in the national championship includes from the north Orange Walk Technical (female) and Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico (males), from central Gwen Lizarraga High School (female and male), from the west Sacred Heart College (female) and Mopan Technical High (male), and from the south Independence High School (female) and Stann Creek Ecumenical College (male).

The championship will commence on Friday February 10, with four games on the schedule. In game one, female Orange Walk Technical High School will see action against Sacred Heart College. This will be followed by male game one, Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico and Mopan Technical High School.

In the third game of the evening which will be female game two Independence High School will go up against Gwen Lizarraga High School , and in the final game of the day in male Stann Creek Ecumenical College will play against Gwen Lizarraga High School.

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The Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Competition continued at the Belize City Centre on Tuesday February 7, 2012, with four games on the schedule.

In the female game, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene won over St. Martin De Porres School by the score of 19-6. The top scorer for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene was Monique Mortis with 13 points, while the top scorers for St. Martin De Porres were Alicia Alpuche and Shadad Young with 2 points each.

In the first of three male games played, St. Martin De Porres School defeated Buttonwood Bay Nazarene by the score of 44-6. The top scorer for St. Martin De Porres was Clency Lopez with 16 points and for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene the top scorer was Bryan Pavon with 4 points.

In game two, St. Ignatius School won its second game in as many outing when it defeated Unity Presbyterian by the score of 22-13. The top scorers for St. Ignatius School were Michael Sarmiento and Luguan Flowers with 4 points each. Meanwhile, the top scorer for Unity Presbyterian School was Ruben Leslie with 6 points.

In the final game of the day, Caye Caulker Roman Catholic defeated New Horizon Academy School by the score of 41-11. The top scorer for Caye Caulker Roman Catholic was Carlos Jimenez with 18 points and the top scorer for New Horizon Academy was Komron Ivanov with 6 points.

On Thursday February 2, in the female game, Queen Square Anglican School won over Ephesus SDA via the default route. In male game one, Queen Square also won via the default route over Ephesus SDA.

In the second male game, Holy Redeemer School defeated Calvary Temple School by the score of 27-9. The top scorer for Holy Redeemer was Herman Card with 12 points, and the top scorer for Calvary Temple School was Darwin Gamboa with 3 points.

The competition continued on Wednesday February 1, with three games on the schedule. In the female game, Wesley Upper School won over Belize Elementary School by the score of 12-10. The top scorer for Wesley Upper was Shandy Vernon with 12 points. Meanwhile, the top scorers for Belize Elementary School were Chelsea Williams and Karen Quan with 3 points each.

In the first of the two male games played, Queen Street Baptist School defeated St. John’s Primary School by the score of 42-18. The top scorer for Queen Street Baptist was Anthony Gillette with 16 points, while the top scorers for St. John’s Primary were Tyrone Flowers and Shadrick Lord with 5 points each.

In the second and final game of the day, St. Ignatius School edged James Garbutt SDA School by the score of 24-20. The top scorer for St. Ignatius School was Luguan Flowers with 10 points, while the top scorer for James Garbutt SDA was Christian Carillo with 8 points.

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YolandaOn Thursday, February 2, Hon. Cordel Hyde, Area Representative for Lake Independence, announced that he will not be a candidate in the March 7 General Election. Even before that announcement, the People’s United Party was internally selling the posts of Standard Bearer for Lake I and the Albert Division.


Information from PUP insiders is that the post for Lake I was up for the highest bidder. It came down to whoever had the most money to spend because the PUP has labeled Lake I as a biting constituency. Just as they operate in Fort George, the PUP is planning to spend their way to victory in Lake I. However, the financially crippled party cannot afford to do so and that is why they wanted a candidate with money. Carlos Diaz was the preferred choice of members of the PUP Lake I Committee but Yolanda Shackron was chosen by the party because she was willing to spend on herself. As soon as she was given the blessings of the party executives, she got in contact with most members of the committee and ‘asked’ them for support.

After appearing at a wake held in Independence Hall, Shackron began her campaign in the constituency. The Guardian caught up with her on Flamboyant Street. The guys on the block put on a show for her. Performing was obviously easier after the swallowing of four half-gallons of rum. The guys did not tell us who they received the liquor from but they did say, “We will dry up the Red House.” One of Shackron’s campaigners was heard saying, “Schackron can’t even name three streets in Lake I and wants to be Representative.”

Yolanda Schackron and the People’s United Party will get a rude awakening in Lake I because contrary to their belief, Lake I is no “biting constituency”. The people of Lake I do not sell their votes. They will take the money, dry up the Red House and vote for their own welfare. Many die-hard Cordel Hyde supporters are insulted because Yolanda is the PUP’s choice to replace him. They know that there is not a credible bone in Shackron’s body.

Numerous members of the Belizeans for Justice group stepped aside after realizing that Schackron was only using the group to gain political mileage. Shackron is an attention seeker and has long craved the spotlight of a political office. There is an inside joke in political circles about her willingness to run for anything. She wanted to run for Mayor and would have done so for any party that would have endorsed her. It is alleged that just recently she expressed interest in endorsing Darrell Bradley for mayor but the offer was rejected.
Yolanda Shackron will get as much votes as the amount of people she was able to get out at her and Sulph’s national protest. -1 1 0 40 2/9/2012 06:00:00 62 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/9/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 62 robots= author= 4392 PROOF - Always for the People proof-always-for-the-people Support15 February 2012. 

Vibrant, and steadfast, the UDP is on the precipice of yet another term in the Town Halls and City Halls of this nation.  If there was any doubt as to the outcome of the municipal elections on March 7, nomination day today sent the clearest and most succinct message that the United Democratic Party is going to once again sweep the entire country.  From north to south, Mayor Hilberto Campos in Corozal, who marched to the Nominating station along with his Councilor candidates and hundreds of supporters, to Mayor Floyd Lino in Punta Gorda and his throng of supporters, across the country, the nation resounded with one voice;  today, the United Democratic Party is strong, has delivered to all the City Councils and Town Councils in the country, and will continue to deliver after 7 March.

Anchored  on a solid Central government support for municipalities, buoyed and buttressed by a firm, “value for money,” philosophy, that has seen the City Councils and Town Boards blossom, the UDP is poised once again to deliver, and continues to be unyielding. Delivery has a singular focus: always for the people. 

At the epicenter of it all, is the unquestionable leadership, and unbridled commitment, love, and support to this nation that the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minster of Belize has displayed over the last four and a half years.

In Belize City, as was the case countrywide on this historic nomination day, from the outset, the energetic crowds waited and danced on the street in front of the Party Headquarters, awaiting the start of the nomination day parade.  Space does not permit us to chronicle the national euphoria that engulfed the nation today, but in Belize City, the only entity larger than the portion of the Belize Old River that runs through the City, was the throng of United Democratic Party Supporters that donned their red shirts, sentiments emblazoned upon their chests, and engulfed and assuaged Mahogany Street like the perfect storm; all announcing to the City and nation in a singular voice that the UDP can govern, has governed, and will govern again.

Mayor Designate Darrell Bradley has picked up the gauntlet that was thrown down to him by the people of this City and is committed to work hand in hand with residents, government, the private sector and the wider community to transform this City into the jewel that needs not be hid denunder a bushel, but placed on top of a hill for all the world to see; after all, the jewel belongs to no one else but the people. -1 6 0 54 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 389 robots= author= 4393 Shakron Can’t Run shakron-cant-run YolandaThe people of Belize - and more so the residents of Lake Independence - have only one thing to tell Yolanda Shackron; that is: “Give up your U.S. Citizenship if you want to represent us”. Apparently, though Shackron is unwilling to do so.

On  Friday February 10th, Channel 7 News disclosed that Yolanda Shackron is a U.S. Citizen and as such would be ineligible to run for the upcoming general elections unless she renounces her citizenship. By Monday February 13th, the matter was certified when the news channel proved that she was indeed a U.S. national by providing a copy of her passport. More than this, the passport showed that Shackron was born in Guatemala.

Since the revelation, there has been a hailstorm that has surrounded it. Shackron has now been forced to get on the offensive, at a press conference by the PUP on February 13. In the press conference, she vowed to give up her U.S. citizenship, but there was not a single soul who believed that she actually would. Up until February 15th, she has not done so. What’s worse is that Shackron has fabricated a story in which she claimed that her house was burglarized; this is yet to be proved. During that burglary, the only thing stolen was her passport  which we find that to be very odd. Nonetheless, that is her claim, who are we to state otherwise!

But stolen passport aside, what is ironic is that in the middle of 2009, the United Democratic Party introduced the 7th Constitutional Amendment. In that amendment, the UDP sought to change the Constitution to allow for dual nationality citizens to run for office in Belize. That move however, was met with strong resistance and the UDP government did not go through with the move. The irony now is that those most strongly opposed were the PUP. In fact the current PUP leader, at the time a member of the committee holding the consultations stated, “For persons, who have made a decision that they want to serve at the highest levels of government, they want to serve in the legislature or perhaps become members of the executive of this country, they must have allegiance and obedience to one country, Belize. That must be absolutely clear. I think that is the point, that is the point.” Lisa Shoman, Communications Director for the PUP stated this: “If we give you the honor and the responsibility, I think what you are hearing people here say is that if we give you the honour and the responsibility of serving in the National Assembly, be good enough to acknowledge that you have one master and that that master is Belize. And I serve you notice, Mr. Chairman, pass this law and I will line up to be first in line to challenge anybody who thinks they can get themselves elected an will not run afoul of the people of Belize.”

Now these very people who rabidly attacked the constitutional amendment are the ones who are embracing Shackron, dual nationality and all. They have been forced into the realm reserved for hypocrites and now have to figure out how to rescue Shackron. That is ironic if ever we knew the definition of the literary term.

More than irony however, the entire think stinks of the entire kit of them being plain old lairs. Shakron, being an activist, should have know that she could not run if she was a U.S. citizen since the entire issue was so widely ventilated. We dare say that she did not tell the PUP that she held dual nationality. For the Party leader, the issue is that having found out about the situation, he should have immediately found an alternative to run. As for Shoman, well, we think she should have just kept her mouth shut and not play lawyer with this one. Need we remind you that she said she would be the first lined up to oppose anyone running who has dual nationality.

On Wednesday, it is reported that Shackron visited the U.S. embassy for reasons unknown. Whatever the case, Shackron is now saying her passport was stolen and she claims that she did not misplace it. We dare say maybe she misplaced something else- maybe it was her marbles. 

The clock is ticking and Nomination Day is Friday February 17th, by then we would expect Shackron would have withdrawn her candidacy as the renunciation of her citizenship is not as easy as 1,2,3. -1 6 0 53 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 2 0 2373 robots= author= 4394 PM tour hits Punta Gorda pm-tour-hits-punta-gorda

ThrongsThe Prime Minister Dean Barrow continued his nationwide tour on Sunday February 12th when he visited the Toledo district. Hon. Juan Coy of the Toledo West Constituency and Hon. Peter Eden Martinez of the Toledo East Constituency prepared a reception for the PM like no other.

It was such a great reception that Hon. Barrow had no other choice but to admit that the visit was by far the best reception he had received since he began his tour. He exclaimed that while he thought the warmth of the northern districts was great, that warmth which was given off in the south was even greater.

During their candid presentations, both Martinez and Coy proclaimed that they would continue to deliver for the people of the Toledo district. And indeed there has been so much delivered to the district. Hon. Coy reminded the gathering of thousands that it was the UDP government who had delivered water systems, schools, even a high school in areas where there were not before. He added that it was the UDP government who has secured finances and in fact began to pave the Jalacte Road to link Belize and Guatemala in the south. For his part, Hon. Martinez noted that the UDP has had 4 years to deliver to the people of Toledo. “You wanted land and we gave you land, you wanted education and we gave you education, you wanted electricity and you got electricity…” he proclaimed.
And as the speakers made their addresses, the crowd became more and more enthusiastic with heartfelt applauses and cheers coming from every corner of the gathering. When the Prime Minister gave his address, there were many issues he addressed including the fact that the PUP thinks they can unseat Hon. Juan Coy. To this, he explained that the people of the south have a representative that truly looks out for their interest and that any such move would not bode well for them. He added that while the 300 dollar educational assistance for secondary schools come automatically for students in the area, in the next UDP administration, that subsidy will be increased to 350 dollars to cover books and uniform expenses.

He then went on to explain that water rates and electricity rates will be going down. This is in addition to telecommunications which has already gone down. PM Barrow also noted that Voice Over the Internet Protocol (VOIP) through BTL will soon be a reality.
With all these offerings by a new UDP government, there is no way that the PUP stands a chance in the South.

The P.M.’s tour will continue on Sunday February 19th with him visiting the Orange Walk East Constituency. -1 6 0 53 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 2305 robots= author= 4395 Cop charged for drunk driving cop-charged-for-drunk-driving

LuisA police officer who was recently promoted to Corporal was charged with two traffic offenses on Monday Febrary 13th after a traffic accident on Sunday, February 12 in the village of Lucky Strike.   There was no fatality but the Belize Police Department has launched an investigation into the traffic accident to ascertain what could have caused Cpl. Luis Quixaj to lose control of his work vehicle and crash into a tree.  Information is not forthcoming but police believe that the officer was under the influence of alcohol and as a result he was charged with two traffic offenses.


Cpl. Quixaj, a resident of Chan Chen Village, Corozal, was arraigned in court on one count of driving a motor with the alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit. On Sunday, February 12, 2012, in Lucky Strike Village, he drove a motor vehicle, on the road after consuming so much alcohol, that the amount in his urine exceeded the prescribed limit.   On this charge, Cpl. Quixaj pleaded not guilty. He was additionally charged with one count of driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention. He also pleaded not guilty to this charge.

In court, Cpl. Quixaj was unrepresented.  He appeared before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers where he was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount which he met. He is due back in Court on April 24.
At the time of the accident, Cpl. Luis Quixaj was the driver of a police vehicle.  Reports are that he along with PC Leezar Cob and PC Diego Pech were heading to Belize from Maskall Village when he allegedly ran into a craboo tree in the village.  Injured as a result were two other police officers travelling with Cpl. Quixaj. All three officers are posted at the Ladyville Police Sub-Formation located at Mile 9 ¾ on the Northern Highway.   PC Cob was seen with injuries to his nose while PC Pech had abrasions to the left side of the face.  Cpl. Luis Quixaj also sustained bruises and abrasions to his face. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 9 0 1130 robots= author= 4396 Mark King signs stolen; culprit appears in court mark-king-signs-stolen-culprit-appears-in-court

NorrisUDP Lake I Candidate, Mark King reported to police that 4 of his billboards were stolen on Sunday February 12th. As a result of the report, police arrested and charged Norris Leslie, known “cologne”. Leslie appeared in Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday February 14th before Magistrate Sherigne Rodrigurez where he was charged with theft and damage to property. He pleaded not guilty and was offered and met bail of $2,000 and is due back in court on March 24.


On Sunday, February 12, Leslie was accused of dishonestly appropriating 6 - 4x4x12 lumber along with 4 plywood sheets valued a total of $1,000. He was additionally charged with one count of damage to property for  damaging four  billboards valued $250.00. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 8 0 1005 robots= author= 4397 Boat Captain convicted of fondling 13-year-old girl boat-captain-convicted-of-fondling-13-year-old-girl-

PatrickPatrick August, 45, must serve 6 years for aggravated assault of an indecent nature upon a teenaged girl. August, a Belize City boat man, who claimed he was framed by a teenager, was found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and one count of threatening words.  He was sentence to 9 years imprisonment on Wednesday Febraury 15th. Two of the counts are to run concurrently with each other while the third is to run consecutive to the other two. In the end, he is to serve 6 years in jail.


August was sentenced after a 13-year-old claimed he molested her on three separate occasions. He then threatened to kill her  if she told anyone. The trial was heard before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith who found  him guilty on all counts The 13-year-old victim testified “in camera” and told the court how August fondled her on two occasion and then molested her on a third occasion.  According to the child, in December 2010, June 2011 and April 2011, August molested her.    In his defense, August who was unrepresented, told the courtthat he was framed.  In mitigation, he had nothing to say.  1 1 0 39 0/0/0000 00:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 12 0 878 robots= author= 4398 Special Constable and his wife busted with gun special-constable-and-his-wife-busted-with-gun

Special constable Jose Adolfo Haylock Jr. 26, and his common-law-wife, Corrine Diana Martinez, 27, were remanded to jail until March 15 after being charged with possession of a unlicensed firearm and ammunition.


The couple was arraigned on three offenses. They appeared before Magistrate Roberto Ordonez where they were read a count of keeping  firearm without  a gun license, for a .22 firearm. They were additionally charged jointly with two counts of keeping ammunition without a gun license being granted to them for allegedly being found in possession of 10 .22 round of ammunition along with 11 9 mm rounds, 1 Ruger roundammunition.

 In court, they both pleaded not guilty to the charges.  Due to the nature of the offenses, Magistrate Roberto Ordonez was unable to grant them bail at that time.  They were both remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March 15.

 Reports are that members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) on Saturday, February 11, conducted a search at the home of Martinez, located at #3716 Louise Bevans Street, Belize City, where they made the discovery of a .22 firearm along with 21 live rounds.  A further search of the bedroom led them to the discovery of 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition,  which was inside a dresser in a bedroom.   According to police, neither Haylock nor Martinez could produce a gun license.

In July 2009, Haylock was charged criminally with wounding and threatening words upon an ex-girlfriend,  and he was placed on interdiction. He was later reinstated. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 6 0 874 robots= author= 4399 Accused of stealing a Pit Bull accused-of-stealing-a-pit-bull-

RobertoRoberto Montejo, 27, pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft when he appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Magistate Dorothy Flowers on Friday February 10th. 


Allegations are that on Wednesday, February 8, Montejo stole pit bull, which was the property of Marlelian Tun, a resident of Ladyville. In court, Montejo, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charge and he was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount. His case was adjourned until March 21.

Reports are that on Wednesday February 8th, Tun’s pit bull was stolen from inside her yard. Tun was not at home at the time of the incident but according to the report of a witness, Montejo was the one who stole the dog. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 5 0 752 robots= author= 4400 Accused of stealing a Pit Bull accused-of-stealing-a-pit-bull-

RobertoRoberto Montejo, 27, pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft when he appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Magistate Dorothy Flowers on Friday February 10th. 


Allegations are that on Wednesday, February 8, Montejo stole pit bull, which was the property of Marlelian Tun, a resident of Ladyville. In court, Montejo, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charge and he was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount. His case was adjourned until March 21.

Reports are that on Wednesday February 8th, Tun’s pit bull was stolen from inside her yard. Tun was not at home at the time of the incident but according to the report of a witness, Montejo was the one who stole the dog. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 4 0 633 robots= author= 4401 Man acquitted of fondling 8-year-old girl man-acquitted-of-fondling-8-year-old-girl

FilodelfioOn Friday February 10th, 53 year old Filodelfio Reneau was acquitted of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. Reneau had been charged after an 8-year-old girl reported to police that he had molested her. The girl told police that Reneau had befriended her and fondled her.


Reneau was charged with a single count of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison where he was later granted bail through the Supreme Court.

His case concluded on Friday in Magistate’s court after his attorney, Simeon Sampson made a submission based on a technicality.  Sampson argued in court that the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith did not test the ability and knowledge of the child before allowing her to testify in court. He further argued that, that kind of evidence has no weight at all especially since there was no corroborating evidence.  The child at the time of the incident was 8 and now she is 10. According to Sampson, the child was not sworn in and tested before the court as to whether she knew the difference between right and wrong before she began to give her testimony.  With that Reneau was acquitted of the crime. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 3 0 1044 robots= author= 4402 Convicted of Human Trafficking convicted-of-human-trafficking

YolandaOn Friday February 10th, Yolanda Garcia, 41, was found guilty of trafficking in persons when she appeared in Magistrate’s Court on Friday February 10th.


Garcia, who is a naturalized Belizean, was convicted of trafficking in persons after she was accused by a 17-year-old student of the Cayo District, who claimed that she was working at Serenita’s Bar located on Regent Street West in 2010. Whilst working there, Garcia told her that she also must have sex with the men as part of her duties.

On Friday Garcia’s case concluded before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith.  The 17-year-old victim testified “In camera” where she told the court that she had just left high school and was recommended by another female to work for Garcia at her bar in Belize City.   She stated that she was hired as a waitress but that Garcia then told her that as part of her job working there she must have sex with the men as well.   Garcia, who was represented in her trial by Simeon Sampson, claimed that she was innocent of the offense denying all the allegations made by the 17-year-old.   Garcia also in her defense, told the court that the 17-year-old made up the story against her after she was found in another bar in San Pedro Town, working.

In mitigation, Sampson asked the Chief Magistrate to impose a fine upon his client but the Chief Magistrate told Sampson that she believed the testimony of the minor  was credible.

She then imposed a custodial sentence of 12 months on Garcia. Garcia, who was 39 at the time, was arraigned in July 2010.  Between June 29, and July 6, 2010, she harbored the 17-year-old minor for the purpose of exploitation by using her as a prostitute.    After she was handed down the 12-month sentence, Garcia became very emotional.   Garcia is a businesswoman and is the mother of three children. -1 1 0 39 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 2 0 1040 robots= author= 4403 A Question of Trust a-question-of-trust

It’s all about trust.  Yolanda Shakron’s decision to withhold information on her citizenship status both from her adopted party and from the Belizean people does not reflect well on her judgement and character.  Everyone in Belize knows that our Belizean Constitution does not allow anyone holding dual nationality to vie for a seat in the National Assembly.  Just two year ago there were fiery public consultations on the issue when a suggestion was made to change the Constitution to allow dual nationals to run for national office. The PUP was very active in opposing any change as were many other groups and individuals.  In keeping with the wishes expressed during these national consultations by the overwhelming majority of participants, the decision was made to leave the Constitution unchanged.      We can only assume therefore that the PUP leadership was not aware of  Yolanda Shakron’s citizenship status when they invited her to replace Cordel Hyde as their candidate in the Lake I Division.  We can further assume that Yolanda Shakron, like all Belizean adults, was fully aware of her Constitutional ineligibility but still offered herself as a candidate.  The problem is not really about her citizenship or even where she was born.  Though time is short, she could formerly renounce both her US and Guatemalan citizenship and hence remove the Constitutional obstacles to her candidacy.  However, she cannot change the fact that she was dishonest about her eligibility in the first place.  What else don’t we know about Yolanda Shakron?             
 
Shakron’s reaction when the issue was first raised by Jules Vasquez also speaks to character.  At first she refused to answer and wanted to know who had given him the information indicating that she was of a mind to deny it unless it could be proven.  At her press conference she behaved as if she was the subject of a wicked conspiracy caused by the media in general and Jules Vasquez in particular.  If looks could kill there would have been multiple casualties as her furious regard darted from one media person to another.  She also refused to say what steps she planned to take and deferred to the PUP Party attorney, Lisa Shoman.  Shoman was equally cagey, saying only that they would take steps to comply with the Constitution.  You don’t have to go to Law School to know that Shakron would have to formerly renounce her US Citizenship BEFORE nomination day otherwise she will be ineligible for nomination and in breach of the law if she tries to be nominated.  She can’t wait to see if she wins the seat and then take a decision.     
          
Poor Francis was, as usual, left standing beside the bucket holding the dirty end of the stick.  He blustered and fumed and made a feeble attempt to allege that several UDP candidates were likewise in conflict with the Constitution.  To threaten that if Shakron were to be disqualified then he would move against UDP candidates who were in a similar situation was obviously a wild and empty threat.  Indeed, if the PUP were in possession of any evidence they would have moved long ago to disqualify any UDP candidate holding dual nationality.                 

The PUP chose to make the announcement of Shakron’s nationality status at a PUP women’s caucus implying that the accusation against Shakron was part of a plot against female PUP candidates. To try to blame the UDP for Shakron and the PUP’s discomfiture is a stretch even for practiced liars.   The law is quite clear on the issue.  To encourage female candidates is laudable but only if they have something positive to offer.  An untrustworthy female candidate is as bad as an untrustworthy male candidate and Yolanda Shakron by her own actions or inactions has proven that she cannot be trusted and has therefore found her true home with the PUP. 

-1 10 0 56 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 1754 robots= author= 4404 Give It Up or Step Down give-it-up-or-step-down

It is said that in the days leading to an election, an adrenalin rush in the bloodstream gives some politicians a perpetual “high” and dupes them into believing that they are invincible. They are quick to confront anyone and anything, no matter how formidable that person or thing may be. That is a fitting description of how Shakron looked and acted Monday night on TV, but I will return to that story later on in the essay.

The People’s United Party held a rally here in OW on Sunday February 12, and anyone you ask will tell you a different account in terms of attendance. I don’t really set score by numbers in a rally, but rather by the final count on Election Day, so I won’t dwell on who may or may not have done the estimates right. My main theme here is the composition of the speakers and what they had to say.

To tell the truth, I never expected so soon to see Briceño in such close proximity to Fonseca and Musa. Maybe at a party or a wake, but not on the same political rostrum on the same day! The man from Central has no backbone. I mean, these two rogues are his bitter enemies, men who tried their extreme best to degrade his leadership and yet he invites them to speak at his rally? If it was me, I rather lose than “make dog eat mi shame”.

Simply hearing those two men speak (via television of course) churned my very entrails. One of them actually accused the UDP of corruption, while the other spoke of the UDP government’s lack of integrity. You can pick any of the two speakers to cross-match any of those topics and you will instantly think of one word: hypocrite.

But Fonseca is the worse of them all (again you can select which Fonseca you feel inclined to). He was complicit in all of the shenanigans of the past PUP administration of 1998 to 2008, but now demands that Belizeans absolve him of his transgressions. Better yet, he wants us to completely “forget the past”. He says we should not decide on the PUP’s electability by what they have done in yesteryears, but what they will do in the future. What kind of nonsense is that? Here we are as a people paying for a super-bond until 2029 for which we know not how this came about, but we should just forget it? As to the man called Musa, he said in 2008 that he would retire from politics, but he is like Castillo from Corozal; they will run and run and run...

 Back to where we started: to the triple nationality Shakron. The lady looked discounted that night on TV, even with the bright blue dress. The news anchor on Channel 7 could not resist cracking a joke at her expense which gave Dario’s Meatpies some free air time. There Shakron sat with eyes flaring, mouth twitching, body fidgeting and head moving from side to side - all the typical signs of a politician caught in the act.

With the personality that Shakron has, she will never accept fault but rather adopt an indignant attitude as if to question, how dare you, or who are you to accuse me? She was plainly caught trying to hide something, hoping, as the Americans say, she could “eat her cake and have it too”. In her mind, if she were to lose the March 7 elections she would still have her American citizenship, and if by the slimmest of chances the PUP won, she would be protected by her government. I tell you, Lady Shakron was trying to enjoy the best of both worlds. But now that she has been exposed, what will she do: give it up or step down?

-1 1 0 42 2/16/2012 06:00:00 64 Jamil Matar 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 904 robots= author= 4405 Stephen “DJ Scorpio Hall” Dies in Motor Cycle Accident stephen-dj-scorpio-hall-dies-in-motor-cycle-accident

StephenShortly after 8:00 on the morning of Saturday, February 11, local DJ and cycling enthusiast, Stephen Hall, was involved in a motor cycle accident near Bacab Eco Park on the Boom road.


Hall, also known as DJ Scorpio, was speeding to the end of a bicycle race with three other motor cycle riders: Marlon Smith, Andrew Ordonez and Alwyn Gonzalez. One of the men lost control of his cycle when attempting to make a turn around a deep curve. That caused a chaotic chain reaction in which all four riders were trapped. Marlon Smith ran off the left side of the road. Alwyn Gonzalez rode into a nearby ditch. Ordonez and Hall suffered most from the mishap because their cycles took them into some rocks and palm trees. Ordonez broke his right foot and left hand. Hall suffered severe head injuries. They were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and Hall was pronounced dead on arrival.
Eyewitness reports that only two of the four motorcycle riders were wearing helmets. -1 1 0 59 2/16/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 2 0 1044 robots= author= 4406 “Oceana to open ‘I Love My Reef’ Educational Exhibit” oceana-to-open-i-love-my-reef-educational-exhibit

Oceana in Belize will be hosting a colourful, interactive and educational exhibit on the Belizean Reef. The show, which will run from February 17th until March 3rd, will be hosted at the Image Factory Art Foundation on North Front Street in Belize City.  The event, which officially opens on Friday, February 17, 2012, will feature underwater scenes of Belize’s marine life and environment and will highlight the aftermath of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf.  A special feature is the media room where educational videos can also be viewed as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition is opened to the public and viewing can take place daily during normal working hours. Oceana invites all educational institutions, organizations and the public from across Belize, who would like to learn more about the possible social, educational, and legal impacts to our Barrier Reef from a future offshore Oil Industry, to attend.

The exhibition is being held under the theme “I LOVE MY REEF”.  With February being the month of love, it is important that we also show our love for our reef that year round shows its love for us by feeding, protecting us and providing jobs for us,” said Audrey Matura-Shepherd, VP Oceana Belize.

 

-1 1 0 59 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 732 robots= author= 4407 PUP Handing Out Counterfeit Money for Nomination Parade pup-handing-out-counterfeit-money-for-nomination-parade

CounterfeitIf the United Democratic Party was not truly a party of the people, our democracy would be in trouble. The People’s United Party has plunged into the dimension of the obsoletes and undesirables. They are no longer a viable opposition and their inability to move a crowd is proof of that.


At the beginning of their Nomination Day parade, only a little over 100 people showed up at the Berger Field. This caused party executives to spring into emergency mode. Code Blue! It was time to show the money. A dark coloured Land Cruiser then showed up in the area and individuals from inside showed off several manila envelopes filled with money. They took out some to show onlookers. It was different denomination of Belize dollars. Many joined the parade after seeing the money.

By the time the parade reached Mahogany Street it was almost 400 strong. Unfortunately for the PUP, a few supporters got close enough to the Land Cruiser to see the money. They noticed that it looked funny. Several of them attacked the Land Cruiser after realizing that they had been hoodwinked. Police officers responded to the scene and approached the driver of the vehicle. It was Ashton Longsworth, former driver and right hand man of Godfrey Smith. PUP mouthpiece, Vaughn Gill, was also near the vehicle. The Police officers confiscated the counterfeit currency but no arrest was made. Some supporters separated from the group and were about to head home but were begged by PUP leaders to stay. They stayed after being assured that real money was available.

No report has been issued by the Belize Police Department as yet on whether Longsworth and company will be charged. Printing and issuing counterfeit currency is a serious offense.

While this incident was reported in Belize City, there are similar instances where this counterfeit currency was being circulated. In Orange Walk, similar reports are being made where fake hundred dollar bills were being given to people to participate in the parade. All to no avail since people were not supporting their move. -1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 13 0 1670 robots= author= 4408 What about the Superbond? - PM says Government will deal with it! what-about-the-superbond-pm-says-government-will-deal-with-it

PMOn Monday February 20th, the government of Belize will have to pay BZ$33,537,066.66 to service the Superbond. That means that taxpayers across the country will bear that brunt. In announcing the election date, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the electorate that the UDP government is seeking a new mandate but more than that, the UDP is asking the people to do something about the Superbond.

That announcement sent chills down the spine of those holding the bond so much so that there was speculation that the government may default on payments. The rating agency Standard & Poor’s took it so seriously that it downgraded Belize’s ratings from B- to CCC. For context, ratings matter for countries who make commercial loans, as was the case under the PUP administration. The Prime Minister has said that he is not concerned about that rating since the current UDP administration is not in the business of getting commercial loans. All monies that are borrowed are done so at concessionary interest rates from development agencies like the Inter American Development Bank, and the World Bank. As for the concern that the government will default, the Prime Minister has said “Not So” but he has admitted, like any responsible leader would, that the Superbond is simply something that cannot be maintained. During his National Tour, which saw him visit the Toledo district, he made it clear that every bad loan begins with a bad creditor. For context, it is to be noted that the Superbond is a combination of bonds taken out by the PUP administration between 2003 and 2007 where they sought financing from international commercial banks at exorbitant interest rates. The institutions giving out the loans had absolutely no concern on the country’s ability to pay the debt, yet they doled out hundreds of millions of dollars to a government knowing fully well that at some point the debt could not be paid back. 

The payment on the bond started off at a 4% interest rate in 2007, it went up to 6% and the next payment due on August 20th will go up to 8.5 percent and it will remain there until 2029 when the last payment will be made. Now the international lenders are standing at the cliff, so much so that in an article by Reuters entitled ‘What to do with Belize’s Superbond’ by Sujata Rao on February 15, 2012, it states that “the bond has taken a sharp lurch downwards since Feb.7 when Prime Minister Dean Barrow said in a pre-election speech that he would seek “instructions” from the electorate to “do something about the bond”.  That unsurprisingly triggered panic selling and the bond now trades around 40 cents on the dollar, down some 20 cents since the start of February. The yield has risen sharply to 23 percent from 16 percent and the Belize spread over U.S. Treasuries — the premium that investors demand to hold the bond - has blown out to almost 2000 basis points, higher than any other country in the EMBI Global index. That’s a rise of 400 bps since the day of Barrow’s speech.” The article continues to explain that “If Belize misses the Monday coupon, it will not be for want of cash - the central bank has $240 million in its coffers.”

It’s quite the scenario and former creditors to the country are watching it closely. But for Belize, its something that the people not only watch, we live it. A 33 and a half million dollar dent on the economy on February 20th is something that is felt across the country. All this money could have been channeled elsewhere. But for the sake of servicing a Superbond that was taken out by the former PUP government, the people of Belize cannot see the benefit of this money.

What makes matters worse is that there is absolutely nothing that can be shown for it. What we can say however is that the members of the People’s United Party, as has been pointed out by their former party leader, Johnny Briceno, made off with millions upon millions of dollars of the people’s money.

-1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 11:52:30 64 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 11:52:30 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 12 0 1721 robots= author= 4409 Belize City Council Manifesto launch belize-city-council-manifesto-launch

The United Democratic Party launches its Belize City Council Manifesto (2012-2015) on February 16, 2012, starting at 2:30 pm upstairs in the conference room of the UDP Secretariat on Youth for the Future Drive. (Press Release)

-1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 11 0 931 robots= author= 4410 Party of Inclusion party-of-inclusion

The United Democratic Party is the true party of inclusion. The party takes on the issues concerning people of all ethnic groups in Belize and because of that it has garnered support from all corners of the country. That representation has attracted candidates from the Creole, Garinagu, Mayan, Mestizo, Mennonite and Chinese community. One group that has been neglected for years is the Indian Community-not under this administration. Herman Longsworth recently lobbied for land leases to be distributed to the Indian Community. As a result, 7 leases were recently distributed to the Indian Community. It is the first time that any Government has granted leases to the community and their members have expressed their gratitude for the gesture. The Indian Community makes significant contributions to the country and continues to be job creators.    

-1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 10 0 945 robots= author= 4411 OW Team 7 holds Football Tournament ow-team-7-holds-football-tournament

1stThe UDP team 7 in Orange Walk has not yet been elected to office but it has already been proving that it is ready to deliver for the people.  They have been active in community activities as well as infrastructural development in the Town.


Most recently, they again proved their commitment to the young people of the municipality when they held a football tournament dubbed The UDP 7's Football Tournament. The finals were held on Sunday, February 12. At the end, the first place received a cash prize of one thousand dollars and a trophy. The second place team was awarded a cash prize of $600, third place received $400 while fourth place received $200.

 Prizes were donated by Sinbad, Landy's & Sons, Amin Awe de Vega, and Rest of the World. -1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 9 0 895 robots= author= 4412 New Irrigation System for San Antonio Village new-irrigation-system-for-san-antonio-village

IrrigationThrough the collaboration of the Government of Venezuela and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Hon. Rene Montero accomplished another milestone on Wednesday February 15th in inaugurating a new water system for irrigation in the San Antonio village.
The new water system is about two miles long providing water to 17 farms and will be used by 25 farmers from the village. The total cost for this project is $68,000.00 with a contribution of 10% from the farmers in digging trenches.

The water source is about 5 miles away from the Mountain Pine Ridge, which provides an abundance of water using gravity flow. This project will help farmers in increasing their farm production of vegetables to lower cost and stabilize prices for consumers.

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DeputyThe 26th Meeting of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Governors of Central America and the Dominican Republic was held last week in San Pedro Town. On Thursday, February 9, President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno, spoke to the media about the meeting.


Moreno said that the purpose of the meeting was to hold deep discussions about the problems affecting this region. The main problem that came out was the issue of crime and violence. According to Moreno, “Crime alone takes away 8 percent of GDP in the region.” It is important for strategies to be developed on how to combat crime as a region. Narcotic trading across the region is a main factor in the crime plague. Human trafficking is also an issue the region struggles to control. Meetings of the Governors of IDB are held to develop strategies to combat such problems.

Other issues discussed include the promotion of tourism in the region and the path to reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Developing tourism is tied in with combating crime. A safer region will attract a much greater number of visitors. In terms of the Millennium Development Goals, Belize recently received a favourable report card and is near the target set in most areas. While the country has made significant strides in health, but there are still deficiencies in remote parts of the country. On Thursday, the IDB signed an agreement with Belize under the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative. The project started with sponsorship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carlos Slim Health Institute.  The Initiative’s goal is to reduce health inequities affecting the poorest 20 percent of the population in Central America and Southern Mexico. The Initiative also aims to support the efforts of the governments of this region to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals. The agreement with Belize is for $1.25 million. According to Moreno, it will benefit 30,000 young women in an effort to eradicate maternal and infant mortality. Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, signed on behalf of Government. He said that IDB’s help is welcome in our efforts to fully meet the Millenium Development Goals.

-1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 7 0 191 robots= author= 4414 Election day declared a holiday election-day-declared-a-holiday

Municipal elections and General Elections have been set to be held on the same day, March 7th, 2011. Because of the strain that a dual election will be having on the public service, and since public officers are the ones who are the ones responsible for running the exercise, government has decided to declare March 7th a public and bank holiday.

The decision serves two purposes: it allows for public officers to be deployed to their various posts without their absence having an effect on the various government ministries where they ordinarily work.  It also allows for the public to come out and exercise their right to vote without having to report to work. Many times people work in areas outside of where they are registered to vote and this presents a problem for them having at times to miss an entire workday in order to be able to vote. The decision to declare election day a holiday will solve this problem. 

-1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 6 0 109 robots= author= 4415 Massive Infrastructure Project Commences massive-infrastructure-project-commences

DredgingThe United Democratic Party’s administrations are known for their commitment to infrastructural development. In four years, this administration did more to develop the infrastructure of the country than the PUP administrations have done since Independence. Numerous sugar roads have been rehabilitated in the North. Down South, the Placencia Road has finally been paved and the stretch from the dump at Jalacte to the Southern border is also being paved. That focus on infrastructural development has turned squarely to Belize City. On Monday, January 20, Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Works, signed three contracts under Phase II of the Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project. Those contracts were for the dredging and lining of canals and the paving of Jane Usher Boulevard and Neal’s Pen Road.

Cisco Constructions, received a $9.8 million contract for the concrete lining of Collet Canal from Conch Shell Bay to Yarborough Bridge and the entire stretch of the North Creek Canal. The project commenced on Monday, February 13, with the rock piling of the edges of the canal. The adjacent streets will be paved and widened; piles of rock are being dumped to narrow the canal. Cisco will be working with at least two sub-contractors and dozens of youths from Southside Belize City have already been employed under the project. The stone piling was completed from Yarborough Bridge to Mex Avenue on Monday and on Tuesday it continued from Mex Avenue to Kut Avenue. As the project continues, more job opportunities will be made available to residents of the area.

Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works, Cadet Henderson, said that piles have already been unloaded near Jane Usher Boulevard and that project is scheduled to begin soon. The Belize Water Services Limited has already completed their pipe works on Neal’s Pen Road and that also is set for paving. Phase II of the Belize City Southside Alleviation Project is funded jointly by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Government of Belize. 

 

 

-1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 5 0 85 robots= author= 4416 Asbestos-Free Cristo Rey School asbestos-free-cristo-rey-school

CristoOver 147 students of the Cristo Rey Roman Catholic School in the Corozal District are no longer exposed to the dangers associated with asbestos thanks to a project, which included the rehabilitation of two main school buildings equipped with new computers, office furniture and other equipment. Spacious bathrooms were also constructed.


The buildings were inaugurated on Wednesday, February 15. The guest speaker at the inauguration was Hon. Nemencio Acosta, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Area Representative of Corozal North. As part of the project, a two-classroom building (60 ft by 37 ft) and a one-classroom pre-school building (30 ft by 27 ft)  were rehabilitated.  Asbestos roofs were removed and new doors, windows, partitions, ceilings and walls were installed.  Additional work for the pre-school included the repair of damaged walls and columns and addition of purlins for roof expansion and installation of water gutters. A bathroom block was constructed with a space for male and females along with shower stall, urinals, toilets, wash basins, a septic tank and soak-a-ways.

Prior to the project, students were housed in three school buildings with asbestos roofing, which posed a health hazard to both the teachers and students.  After consultations and collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth, the Ministry of Health recommended the removal of all asbestos roofs on school buildings countrywide since asbestos has been known to cause lung cancer.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund at a total cost of $300,000 and financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under its Basic Needs Trust Fund 5.   BNTF is a program promoting poverty reduction through socio-economic initiatives and community empowerment and is jointly financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and ten beneficiary governments, including Belize.

The project also included the provision of teachers’ desks, computer desks, book shelves, 8 computers, a photo copier,  a projector, two digital cameras and other equipment. SIF also donated the construction materials, including tiles, light fixtures, sheet rock, an AC Unit, windows and doors for the rehabilitation of a third building.  The community of Cristo Rey provided labor for the installation of those materials.

Cristo Rey Village is located some 11 miles from Corozal Town; 2 miles from the cutoff of the Northern Highway or some 10 miles from the Santa Elena border. Most of the villagers rely on sugar cane farming and papaya cultivation for a living. -1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 4 0 159 robots= author= 4417 More Allegations against Johnny Briceno more-allegations-against-johnny-briceno

JohnnyThe Guardian has received land documents showing that Johnny Briceno was involved in shady land distribution practices. Several allegations have been presented to us and so far at least one source has provided proof.

In 1998, the Government of Belize gave the Belize Port Authority over 10 acres of land situated at Sandbore Caye. It was the Minister’s Fiat Grant No. 829 of 1998. The Belize Port Authority established a base on the island. It is also home to a lighthouse reef. A lighthouse is extremely important since it protects the coral reef by steering vessels away from the area. The Belize Port Authority had a plan for the island but recently learnt that the plan was a no go when the island was advertised for sale on page 40 of the Sunday, February 12 edition of the Amandala.

The advertisement caused the Chairman of the Belize Port Authority, Ret. Major John Flowers, to spring into action in an effort to stop the sale. His efforts may prove fruitless however, because the Guardian has discovered a Minister’s Fiat Grant No. 1159 of 2005, which shows that the former Minister of Lands,gave the same 10 acres of land at Sandbore Caye to a company name Northern Two Cayes Company Limited. This transaction was done without consent of the Belize Port Authority and the payment for the land by Northern Two Cayes was listed as “Return of Land”. We have yet to come across any documents to confirm that any land was indeed returned.
The property is set for auction on Monday, March 5; by Auctioneer Fitzgerald A. Joseph and the terms for bids is “Strictly Cash (U.S. Dollars)”.

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On Friday, February 10, a rehabilitated building along with a sanitary block wasinaugurated at the August Pine Ridge RC School in the Orange Walk District. Over 400 students will benefit from the project.


The project included the replacement of the school’s asbestos roof with a new pre-painted roof. It also included the dismantling and disposal of existing walls, installation of plycem walls with metal backing, repairs to damaged columns and electrical rewiring of the building as well as installation of a new ceiling, doors and windows. The school measures 105 ft long by 37 ft wide and houses six classrooms, a computer lab and principal’s office. The project involved the supply of an AC Unit, electrical fans and 10 fully equipped computers, a photo copier, a projector with a screen, two digital cameras and school furniture.

A new bathroom block was built with bathroom spaces for the school’s staff, male and female bathrooms for students, shower stalls and wash basins.  Both male and female bathrooms have doors that lead into the existing adjacent building in the event that the building is used as a hurricane shelter.

The village of August Pine Ridge is located 16 miles from Orange Walk Town.  The economic base of the village is mixed but cane farming is the most important form of income for the villagers. The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund at a total cost of $298,000 and financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under its Basic Needs Trust Fund 5.   BNTF is a program promoting poverty reduction through socio-economic initiatives and community empowerment and is jointly financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and ten beneficiary governments, including Belize.

The community of August Pine Ridge contributed with vertical props for the roof slab, excavation of the septic tank and soak away. An additional $17,000 in the form of construction material such as tiles and zinc sheets were provided to the school’s administration for the rehabilitation of another building inside the school compound.  The school provided the labor for rehabilitation of three additional classrooms, including the tiling of the floor and replacement of the ceiling. -1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 2 0 478 robots= author= 4419 We Apologize we-apologize PUPWe received a letter last week from the Law Firm of Musa and Balderamos acting on behalf of the Communications director for the People’s United Party PUP, Ms. Lisa Shoman complaining that our front page article titled, “PUP Peddling Pornography,” which carried a photograph of Ms. Shoman was a vile innuendo and outright defamation.  After a careful perusal of the front page we agree that anyone who did not read the article and simply saw the title of the story along with Ms. Shoman’s picture could have linked her photograph to the title of the story and arrived at conclusions that the article was never intended to convey.  This was never our intention and for this we must proffer our most profound apologies to Ms. Shoman.

Of all the things, whether positive or negative, we could never suggest that Ms. Shoman is in anyway associated with the peddling of pornography.  What we can say is that there is conclusive evidence that the repulsive advertisement that was aired that Ms. Shoman went to such great pains to disassociate the party from was in fact paid for by functionaries in the PUP, who are well known to all and sundry.  Whether the PUP party had anything to do with the ad or not is not even an issue.  What is the issue is that as Communications Director, as lofty a title as that is, the party is so disjointed and unorganized that the Communications Director did not know of the ad.  It would seem that she did not vet the ad before it was aired; how else can the party disassociate itself with such an ad?  We will of course have to give her the benefit of the doubt in that she did not see the ad before.

We must though, ask the question of the Communications Director, what did Shackron tell you before she entered the race? -1 1 0 40 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 347 robots= author= 4420 Telemedia interoffice softball champions telemedia-interoffice-softball-champions

Telemediaq,The 10th  Annual Belize City Interoffice Softball Competition came to an end on Friday February 10, 2012, at Rogers Stadium with Telemedia besting Education in a slug fest to capture its very first interoffice title.

Telemedia played from the bottom of the standing to advance to the Grand Final of the Page System. Telemedia, batting in the top of the 1st inning, wasted no time in solving the mystery of Joel Wade, when it tagged him for 5 runs on 3 hits including centre fielder Lupito Acosta’s 3-run homer over the left field fence.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Education scored 3 runs to cut the deficit to 2 when it sent 7 batters to the plate. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Education took the lead when it scored 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 errors.

Telemedia, batting in the top of the 3rd inning, chipped away with a single run to bring the game to a 9-6 score. Telemedia started its comeback when it scored 3 runs in the top of the 4th inning, 2 in the 5th, 1 in the 6th and then 5 more in the explosive 7th inning for the win.

Telemedia collected a total of 12 hits off the combined pitching of Joel Wade and Enid Dakers, who also gave up 8 base-on-balls including 4 intentional walks, and 10 errors that were committed by the Education defence.
Meanwhile, Education added 2 more runs in the 3rd inning, 2 in the 4th inning, 1 in the 5th inning and 2 in the 6th inning. Education collected 19 hits.

The winning pitcher was Shanti Roches and the losing pitcher was Enid Dakers.

The medals and awards were presented by Mrs. Edith Lizama, Assistant Secretary General of the Belize Softball Federation.

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DopingThe National Anti-Doping Organisation of Belize, in partnership with the Ministry of Sports, the National Sports Council, the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation and the World Anti-Doping Agency, is hosting the Annual Regional Anti-Doping Organisation’s Board Meeting and the Doping Control Officers Training at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.


The meeting and training have brought together 35 participants, which include board members, trainers, WADA’s Regional Director and WADA’s Director of Programme Development, was declared opened on Tuesday February 14, 2012, by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Sport, Charles Gibson. Immediately after the official opening, the Doping Control Officers commenced their training, which include both theory and practical. At the end of the training, the recently trained Doping Control Officers will then have to write an exam, which will certify them as Doping Control Officers.

Meanwhile, the Executive Board of the Regional Anti- Doping Ogranisation also commenced their meeting immediately after. At the Board Meeting, the board members reported on the activities of each country as it relates to Anti-Doping.

Belize became fully compliant with WADA on October 17, 2011, when the Government of Belize ratified the UNESCO Convention on Anti-Doping in Sports.

On Friday February 17, five athletes will be selected for the anti-doping test. The athletes that will be selected through a random process, will come from softball, basketball, volleyball, athletics and football. Athletes are to make themselves available for the anti-doping test between the hours of 6:00 – 9:00 am. -1 1 0 41 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 4 0 546 robots= author= 4422 Buttonwood Bay Nazarene Girls and St. Martin De Porres Boys Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Champions buttonwood-bay-nazarene-girls-and-st-martin-de-porres-boys-belize-city-primary-schools-basketball-champions

ButtonwoodThe 2011-2012 Belize City Primary Schools Basketball competition came to an end on Monday February 13, 2012 with the championship games in both the girls and boys competition. In the girls’ championship game, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene defeated St. Martin De Porres School by the score of 20-10. The top scorer for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene was Monique Mortis with 12 points and for St. Martin De Porres School the top scorer was Shantia Palacio with 6 points.


In the male championship game, St. Martin De Porres upended the competition’s favourite Wesley Upper School by the score of 46-25. The top scorer for St. Martin De Porres was Shaquean Valero with 13 points, while the top scorer for Wesley Upper School was Raymond Gongora with 11 points.

The semi-final games were played on Friday February 10. In the first game, Wesley Upper eliminated Caye Caulker Roman Catholic by the score of 47-23. The top scorer for Wesley Upper was Shaquille Crawford with 30 points, while the top scorer for Caye Caulker Roman Catholic was Akeem Arnold with 12 points.

In game two, St. Martin De Porres eliminated St. Ignatius School by the score of 41-19. The top scorer for St. Martin was Clency Lopez with 21 points and the top scorers for St. Ignatius School were Maleik Rose and Holdane Swazo with 4 points each.

In the quarter final round played on Thursday February 9, in the female game, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene eliminated Belize Elementary School by a score of 12-10. The top scorers for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene were Monique Mortis and Ishelle Magandi with 5 points each, while the top scorer for Belize Elementary School was Shania Williams with 4 points.

In the first male game, St. Martin De Porres eliminated James Garbutt School by the score of 46-11. The top scorer for St. Martin de Porres was Shaquean Valero with 18 points, while the top scorer for James Garbutt School was Christopher Zelaya with 6 points.

In the final game of the day, St. Ignatius School eliminated Belize Elementary School by the score of 37-7. The top scorers for St. Ignatius School were Raheem Baptist and Holdane Swazo with 8 points each, and the top scorers for Belize Elementary were Amit Nadwani and Glevaugh Smith with 3 points each.


 

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ButtonwoodThe 2011-2012 Belize City Primary Schools Basketball competition came to an end on Monday February 13, 2012 with the championship games in both the girls and boys competition. In the girls’ championship game, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene defeated St. Martin De Porres School by the score of 20-10. The top scorer for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene was Monique Mortis with 12 points and for St. Martin De Porres School the top scorer was Shantia Palacio with 6 points.


In the male championship game, St. Martin De Porres upended the competition’s favourite Wesley Upper School by the score of 46-25. The top scorer for St. Martin De Porres was Shaquean Valero with 13 points, while the top scorer for Wesley Upper School was Raymond Gongora with 11 points.

The semi-final games were played on Friday February 10. In the first game, Wesley Upper eliminated Caye Caulker Roman Catholic by the score of 47-23. The top scorer for Wesley Upper was Shaquille Crawford with 30 points, while the top scorer for Caye Caulker Roman Catholic was Akeem Arnold with 12 points.

In game two, St. Martin De Porres eliminated St. Ignatius School by the score of 41-19. The top scorer for St. Martin was Clency Lopez with 21 points and the top scorers for St. Ignatius School were Maleik Rose and Holdane Swazo with 4 points each.

In the quarter final round played on Thursday February 9, in the female game, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene eliminated Belize Elementary School by a score of 12-10. The top scorers for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene were Monique Mortis and Ishelle Magandi with 5 points each, while the top scorer for Belize Elementary School was Shania Williams with 4 points.

In the first male game, St. Martin De Porres eliminated James Garbutt School by the score of 46-11. The top scorer for St. Martin de Porres was Shaquean Valero with 18 points, while the top scorer for James Garbutt School was Christopher Zelaya with 6 points.

In the final game of the day, St. Ignatius School eliminated Belize Elementary School by the score of 37-7. The top scorers for St. Ignatius School were Raheem Baptist and Holdane Swazo with 8 points each, and the top scorers for Belize Elementary were Amit Nadwani and Glevaugh Smith with 3 points each.


 

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MopanThe National Secondary Schools Football Championship was played last weekend at the MCC Grounds.


On Saturday February 11, in the male championship game, Mopan Technical High School blanked Stann Creek Ecumenical College by the score of 2-0 to capture the 2011-2012 national football title. The goals for Mopan Technical High School were scored by Leobardo Mendez and Byron Manzanero.

In the female championship game, Independence High School defeated Orange Walk Technical High School to capture the female title. At the end of regulation time, Independence High School and Orange Walk Technical played to a 0-0 draw. The scoreless stalemate was carried to the Overtime period, and it was not until in the penalty shoot out that Independence High School was able to prevail by the score of 3-1. The goal scorers for Independence High School were Brenda Alvarado, Kelsey Polanco and Erica Vallecillo, while the goal scorer for Orange Walk Technical was Cecilia Chuallo.

Earlier in the morning during the female consolation game, Sacred Heart College blanked Gwen Lizarraga High School by the score of 2-0 via penalty kicks. The goal scorers for Sacred Heart College were Dayena Villanueva and Sabrina Brooks.
In the male consolation game, it was Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico that defeated Gwen Lizarraga High School by the score of 4-0. The goal scorers for Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico were Eliazar Itza, who scored 2 of the 4 goals, while Jeffry Loria and Narciso Pott scored one each.

On Friday February 10, in the first female game played, Orange Walk Technical High School defeated Sacred Heart College by the score of 3-1 in a penalty shoot out. The goals for Orange Walk Technical were scored by Yanira Chan, Pamela Bol, and Maritza Briceno, while the only goal for Sacred Heart College was scored by Sabrina Brooks.

In the second female game, Independence High School edged out Gwen Lizarraga High School with a score of 2-1. The 2 goals for Independence High School were scored by Zepeda Leniman, while Deandra Coote scored the only goal for Gwen Lizarraga High School.
In the first male game, Mopan Technical High School defeated Escuela Secundaria Mexico by the score of 4-1. The goals for Mopan Technical were scored by Dennis Pinelo who scored two while Byron Manzanero and Edgar Penados scored one a piece..
In the second game, Stann Creek Ecumenical defeated Gwen Lizarraga High School by the score of 3-2.

At the end of the championship, Kelsey Polanco of Independence High School was named the Most Valuable Player in the female category, while Byron Manzanero was named the Most Valuable Player in the male category. -1 1 0 41 2/16/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/16/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 317 robots= author= 4425 Love for the People: -DFC Write offs next love-for-the-people-dfc-write-offs-next

prmeThe United Democratic Party launched its Action Plan for the term 2012-2017 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 and the pledges that the party is making demonstrates that it will continue to be all and always for the people. This launching was done in front of a room packed with supporters at the Biltmore Plaza. Before the pledges were revealed, Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Chairman, shared some of the accomplishments of this government in its first four years.

In just four years, the United Democratic Party Government paved the Placencia Road and completed the Southern Highway. The Corozal and Dangriga Airstrips were rebuilt. Over 26,000 new land leases were issued with almost 20,000 going to first time landowners. 5,412 housing grants were issued to deserving homeowners. Mortgages for 10,374 Belizeans were written off. DFC was revived and its lending program restarted. Interest rates for mortgages at the commercial banks decreased from 14% to 8%. 7,500 new jobs were created and thousands more saved. More than $10 million was provided to save the sugar industry from collapse. Over 5,500 more Belizeans are exempted from income tax as the threshold was raised to $26,000 a year. Hundreds of items are sold free of taxes. Agriculture is on the rebound as stakeholders are receiving better prices for crops and the country has seen significant increase in vegetable production as a result of investment in irrigation and greenhouses. The Healthcare system has improved tremendously. 2011 saw zero maternal deaths for the first time in our country’s history. National Emergency Response is as organized and effective as ever. Relief was provided to thousands of residents and farmers following major weather events. The education system has seen the greatest transformation. Over 16,000 students receive a $300 educational grant annually. That has resulted in a record enrollment in school and better grades. Examination results have improved remarkably. The most recognized accomplishments nationally were the reacquisition of BTL and BEL. The government enshrined in the Constitution that utility companies should always remain in the hands of the people. National ownership of the utility companies has led to a 6.14% reduction in electricity rates, a 7.2% reduction in water rates and an even greater reduction in telephone rates. While national ownership of utilities may have been the most recognized accomplishment, in Belize City the gang truce holds the number one slot. Since the inking of the gang truce, the murder rate has decreased by 47%. An even greater reduction has been seen in gang violence and the sense of security is the highest it has been in this century.

Upon being elected on March 7, the UDP government will establish a national bank to provide fair interest rates to Belizeans. A mortgage guarantee scheme will be established to assist first time homeowners with covering a down payment of 10% on mortgage loans up to $100,000.  The education assistance to high school students will increase from $300 to $350. The teaching of Belize’s culture, history and politics will be emphasized in primary and secondary schools. In terms of infrastructure, the UDP government will rebuild the Northern Highway from Haulover Bridge to the Boom Junction. A comprehensive drainage project will be executed in Belama and the Northern Highway. A new road will be constructed and a bridge will be built at Chetumal Street. The stretch will feature a new police headquarters, sporting complex, administration building and national bus terminal. All major access roads to tourist sites will be rebuilt. A new Belize City Airstrip will be constructed and another Belize City infrastructure project will be launched. 15,000 more house lots and farm land will be issued to first time landowners. Outpatient service will be extended at all polyclinics to a full 12 hours, including weekends. New public hospitals will be constructed in San Pedro and Punta Gorda Town. An insurance guarantee program will be established for exports and the imports duty regime will be reviewed with a view to rationalize it. VOIP will be free up for residential customers in the next few months with the plan to eventually extend the service to mobile customers. Shareholders’ income from private companies grossing more than $5 million will be exempted from income taxes.

The government’s pro-poor programs will not only continue but will also be extended to benefit thousands more Belizeans. The Conditional Cash Transfer Program, codenamed Operation Boost, where single mothers are given cash to ensure that their children go to school and access other developmental programs, will be extended to the rest of the country. The food pantry program in which residents receive a basket of groceries for half the price will be featured in the six districts of the country as well. Prime Minister Barrow also announced that the loan write offs will continue and the D.F.C. will be looked at next. Mortgage and student loans will be written off at the D.F.C. The most important promise that Prime Minister Barrow made is that he will “bend over backwards to ensure that we continue to walk the path of political righteousness.” Anyone that falls out of line will be reprimanded. -1 6 0 54 2/23/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/23/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 1 0 1163 robots= author= 4426 Orange Walk East Red and Ready for Landy orange-walk-east-red-and-ready-for-landy

LandyPrime Minister Dean Barrow continued his national tour on Sunday, February 19, with a trip to Nuevo San Jose Palmar Village in Orange Walk East. The Prime Minister arrived in Carmelita Village shortly after 2:30 p.m. and was greeted by residents of the different villages in Orange Walk East. He was then escorted to Nuevo San Jose Palmar in the largest motorcade of the tour thus far. The motorcade went through Chan Pine Ridge and surrounding villages before making a final stop at the community park in Noevo San Jose Palmar Village.


There were no seats available at the community park for the hundreds of people that took part in the motorcade because the seats were already occupied by residents of Palmar. The official ceremony was opened by Mrs. Antonette Young, who prayed for the leaders of the country and asked God’s blessings for the people of Belize. She said that we must not forget the significance of the East because all great journeys begin there - “The sun and the moon rise in the east.” Carlos Perera, Chairman of Orange Walk East Committee, then welcomed the Prime Minister, other members of Cabinet and leaders of the United Democratic Party to the constituency. Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Party Leader, Hon. Gaspar Vega addressed the crowd and proclaimed that the UDP will deliver all four seats out in the Orange Walk District on March 7 and all eight in the north of the country. Sharing that sentiment from Orange Walk was Ivan Leiva, UDP Mayoral Candidate for Orange Walk Town. Leiva congratulated Phillip de la Fuente, Mayor of Orange Walk, for the excellent job that he has been doing and pledged to continue the progress with his new energetic team.

Leaders from five villages in Orange Walk East endorsed Orlando “Landy” Burns to be their next representative. Araceli Gongora represented Palmar Village, Pablo Villadarez represented Santa Marta Village, Elvia Tzul represented Chan Pine Ridge Village, Randy Jones represented Carmelita Village and Joel Armstrong represented Tower Hill Village. Landy Burns is no newcomer to politics. Burns has been involved in politics since the early 80’s. He is a strong supporter of the UDP and has been with the party through its ups and downs. Those 30 years behind the scenes was still not enough to prepare him for the bright lights at the forefront. However, the energy released by the massive crowds in Orange Walk on Nomination Wednesday and Friday was enough to wash even Landy’s stage fright away. Burns was unscripted and the crowd loved it. He wrote down a few points he wished to share but after one minute he scrapped the script and spoke from the heart. He spoke about all the lies that the PUP camp originated and circulated about him. He found most of them humorous. One in particular is that he is a dual citizen. To that he responded, “My name is not Orlando Shackron.” There were several other rumours he mentioned including one that played out on the national media. That charge was that he stole chairs bought with money from the BNE Trust, which were meant for schools. Burns waited a week to respond, during which time his accusers went to all the major media houses and ran his name through the dirt. After a week, Burns responded by presenting documents that showed when and to where all the chairs were distributed. Burns thanked the people of Orange Walk East for the support and love that they have showed him and his family over the years.

Prime Minister Barrow was once again impressed by the level of support. He said, “Every time you think it cannot get any bigger, it does.” He thanked the residents for their support because they are the reason that this government is able to take on any challenge. He mentioned the recent downgrade by S&P and said, “Screw the rating agencies.” Prime Minister Barrow said that the outside world will not dictate to Belize what it must do. He informed the crowd that soon after elections, he will be asking for a clear mandate on what to do about the Superbond. A team will be appointed to negotiate with the bond holders for more favourable terms. PM Barrow said he was once told, “There are no bad borrowers if there are not bad lenders.” He said that the bond holders need to know that Belize is not planning on stop paying but it will no longer pay at the ridiculous rates that are currently set. The PM then went on to highlight some of the social programs introduced by this government and pledged that the UDP administration will continue and expand the programs. The $300 subsidy to first and second form students will be increased to $350. He pledged to tackle the rising cost of fuel by constructing a national refinery. The rest of the Prime Minister’s plans are included in the UDP manifesto 2012-2017. -1 6 0 53 2/23/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/23/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 2 0 3175 robots= author= 4427 $5.5 Million Facelift for Tourism Zone 55-million-facelift-for-tourism-zone

OfficialOn Wednesday, February 22, the Belize Tourism Board broke ground on the Fort Point Pedestrian Walk project.


The project is the third of four that will be executed under the Sustainable Tourism Project, which is financed by the Government of Belize through an IDB loan. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, delivered the keynote address at the launching. Minister Heredia said that the project will cost $5.47 million and will take approximately 16 months to complete. The project will include the rehabilitation of Memorial Park and infrastructural development of the tourism zone.

According to Christine Maestre, STP Director, “Memorial Park will be transformed into a multi-functional public space for special events, recreation and leisure activities.” It will include the renovation of the war memorial and inclusion of plaques of honour and ceremonial features. The landscape will be improved with 1 acre of green space. The bandstand will be renovated and a shaded walkway will be constructed around the park. 15 day-vending structures will be constructed along with 30 permanent vending structures. Public restrooms will be implemented for male, female and handicapped users. An amphitheater will be constructed with a stage and seating for 200 people plus a spectators’ lawn. The facility will have space for tour operators and residential parking. The Memorial Park will also house the largest Belize flag in the country.

Infrastructural development in the area will include drainage, sidewalk and street rehabilitation. 5,000 linear feet of street (from Bel-Can Bridge to Tourism Zone Terminal 1) will be cobblestone paved. It will look like the stretch near the Tourism Zone Terminal 1. Park, Cork and Fort Streets will be rehabilitated as well. 10,000 linear feet of sidewalk will be constructed. Street furniture will be provided along with street lighting, signage and planters. Two primary gateways and Tourism Police Unit boots will be constructed at key entrance points. Three vending clusters will be constructed to house 39 units. Traffic flow and security will improve significantly because of this project.

Many of the ideas for the project came from public consultations. The first public consultation was held in December of 2009. Six priority areas were identified for the development of the tourism zone. The first was poor traffic control, which caused congestion and conflicts. The second was disorganized street vending, lack of standardized structures, blocked walkways and poor pedestrian flow. Third was poor quality and limited pedestrian access because of potholes, lack of sidewalks and vehicular traffic. Fourth was lack of security. Fifth was the disturbing image of unkempt drains and the poor drainage in the area. Sixth was the lack of public amenities.

The Sustainable Tourism Project committee was selected to address those issues. Most were improved with the launching of the Fort Street Tourism Zone and the Fort Point Pedestrian Walk project is a permanent solution. It is also the commencement of a plan to feature Belize City more as a tourist destination than a transit point. It is one step closer to connecting tourism attractions of the Northside of the city like the Baron Bliss Grave/Lighthouse to attractions on the Southside like St. John’s Cathedral and the Government House.

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This week, I want to share with you my impressions about a particularly interesting TV program I viewed on Channel Fox on Monday night, which was hosted by former Queen Square PUP Standard Bearer, Dickie Bradley. But before I introduce you to this intriguing talk show episode, please allow me a short commentary on the present political environment as it relates to talk show programs.  If you analyze what is out there on the various radio frequencies and TV satellites signals,  the UDP Government directly influences only one national radio station and one newspaper outlet in promoting its policies and achievements, while the Opposition PUP has several, which constantly thrash the government at every single opportunity, but especially so in the evenings.

With that said, after the regular evening newscasts have been ventilated, these days it becomes grating for me to continue watching the local channels since it is common knowledge that Fox and CTV3 will take over the stage and lambast Hon. Barrow and the UDP ad nauseam.  Even our supposedly neutral friends at Love FM have begun airing a political talk show hosting three zealous anti-UDP proponents joined by a single UDP crusader, who herself at times is not very supportive of the UDP.  Let me not say the three PUP names, but one is a known gold digger, the other is being paid in gold, and the third was bought out with gold by Fonseca some years ago.

  So as I continued scanning the channels on Monday night, I stopped briefly on the Dickie Bradley show where I saw Shakron, Sandiford and Sylvester form the PUP around a table, with the host on the nearer end. My first reaction was, let me not waste electricity on this show since it will be another long, blue, boring hour, with all of them patting each other’s back and blabbing on how wonderful the PUP was between 1998-2008, and how much better they will be this time around, given the opportunity.

   I quickly realized this was not the case. It seems that Bradley had gotten permission to treat Sandiford as a hostile witness for the Opposition, and proceeded to treat her and her panel with more hostility than even a UDP host would have dared to. You could plainly detect that the Deputy PUP leader was flabbergasted with the forceful line of questioning coming rapid-fire from Bradley, coupled with direct accusations that the present PUP leadership was unable to mobilize and motivate the voters. Sandiford wanted to “set up house” on the purported police report that 9,500 persons had attended a PUP rally in Corozal Town, a topic which Bradley cynically dismissed and asked if she was now relying on the police to take score for her?

At one point, the talk show host got so frustrated with Sandiford’s tacky responses that he openly wished that the late Rt. Hon. George Price had fathered a son so that the PUP could now have had someone at the helm of the PUP who could rally supporters to battle. He claimed that the PUP took Shakron to be nominated fully knowing that she was being thrown to the wolves, and then they deserted her.  Bradley accused Sandiford of feeble leadership in the entire PUP, since if they had insisted in getting Shakron nominated, they could have done so. He said the PUP was dead, and invited them to return after the March 7 elections to “evaluate their mistakes”.

Sound familiar? It has to, since Espat has also expressed the same sentiment ­when he commented that the present PUP leadership is simply contented with waiting for the “pendulum swing” to be swept into office. I personally don’t think that the pendulum is at the outer end of the swing as yet, so the PUP has a mighty struggle ahead to achieve those minimum sixteen seats in the House next month. Don’t get me wrong: any number can play in an election, but this year seems to be for the UDP.

On that note, I hear that Ashcroft, blood in his eyes, will be sending in a cargo of briefcases filled with real money very soon, not the counterfeit type that was given by the PUP on Domination Day. While this large infusion of hard cash can and will affect a small percentage of our voters, I feel that at this stage it will do more to assist our 2012 GDP rather than affect the results of the General Elections. Bribes are attractive, yes, but people are finally getting to fear the man, as they should have done decades ago. But as they like to say in politics: take the money and vote for love of country. Just no do no fool pan last minute, hear?

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PMThe Prime Minister of Belize has not and will not shy away from his comments that prompted S&P’s decision to downgrade Belize’s credit rating. It was no slip of the tongue. PM Barrow is asking the people of Belize for a clear mandate on what to do about the Superbond. PM Barrow said that it is not government’s intention to stop servicing the bond but the bond holders cannot expect us to continue paying at the rates we are paying now. Upon being elected back to office, government will immediately appoint a committee to gauge the wishes of the Belizean people and go to the bondholders to renegotiate the terms of the Superbond. Our stand will be simple. We will not continue to pay at these rates!


S&P’s downgrade has little to no effect on this government. It only affects borrowing from international commercial lenders. While in Opposition, the United Democratic Party condemned government’s borrowing from commercial institutions and is staying true to its philosophical stance against the practice. This government does not and will not borrow from commercial lenders. Therefore, S&P can do whatever they want. The time when international agencies dictate Belize’s actions is over. We are a sovereign nation-masters of our destiny. S&P needs to tell the bondholders that “Belize di com.” -1 1 0 40 2/23/2012 06:00:00 64 Shane D. Williams 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/23/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 8 0 1615 robots= author= 4430 PUP standard Bearer house for sale pup-standard-bearer-house-for-sale

IvanThe Amandala and Reporter newspapers for Sunday, February 19th are advertising a house for sale located at 14 Cedar Street in Dangriga Town. While an advertisement of a house being sold is not out of the ordinary, what makes the sale worth watching is that the house belongs to Ivan Ramos. The name may not ring a bell for most people since Ramos is a nobody. For the people of Dangriga however, Ramos is the PUP Standard Bearer for that constituency and who is seeking office at the National Assembly Level.

The house was mortgaged at Scotia Bank and af

ter being unable to service his debt with that institution Ramos’ house is now being put up for sale. The auction will take place on Saturday February 25th. How is it that a person who is unable to pay a bill as basic as mortgage be allowed to run for office is anyone’s guess. For those who are interested however, the explanation can come by way of the political party that Ramos is running for. He, unable to manage his personal affairs, was allowed to run for the PUP because that is the caliber of people that that party attracts. They will take on anyone even Ramos, who are dishonest, people who are unable to pay their bills, liars and even thieves.

For the people of Dangriga, beware of the PUP candidate! If Ramos is unable to pay his mortgage at this point in time, you need to ask yourself what is motivating him to run for the General Elections. 

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A total of 29 early childhood teachers representing twelve pre and primary schools have received training to upgrade their teaching skills and better prepare their classroom for student learning in Independence Village.


The workshops, which were held at the Independence High School and Junior College from February 13 to 17 for teachers and parents from surrounding communities of the Banana Belt are part of the Primary Education project which was launched by the University of Belize (UB) in June 2010 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth.

The project is funded by a grant of BZ$1.2 million from the European Union Commission (EU) and is aimed at poverty alleviation through education and training for teachers, school administrators and parents in the Banana Belt communities of southern Belize.
Facilitators included Dr. Jennifer Obidah and Dr. Kim Archung of the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

In other news, 19 parents representing Our Lady of Bella Vista Primary School, United Community Government School, Independence Primary School, San Juan Busco Primary School and Red Bank Christian attended the parenting workshops. They were also introduced to new ways on how to encourage other parents to become actively involved in their schools, especially with the Parents Teachers Association (PTA).

The parenting workshops focused on assisting parents to develop closer working relationships with the schools their children attend as well as fostering the development of strong PTAs. Both parents and teachers will participate in a final graduation ceremony and receive certificates of completion.

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“The answer to the SUPERBOND is to grow the economy. We have said that to Mr. Barrow a long time ago. Stop whining about the SUPERBOND, and get to work growing the Belizean economy.”- Francis Fonseca, Leader of the PUP.


“So I don’t give a damn about the rating agencies. What I am doing is telling them, ‘You know what? I am serving you all notice. Look out and get ready because Belize is coming. We are coming.’” There is no doubt that the People’s United Party, in terms of this SUPERBOND, did a horrible thing to the people of Belize. But, I know from a long time that a wise man said it eons ago, ‘You can’t have a bad borrower, if you don’t have a bad lender.’ So all of you all out there, who were happy to lend the PUP this money, and burden us until thy kingdom come, with this SUPERBOND, well hear this, we are coming back to you, and we are telling you that you will re-negotiate that. You will take down that interest rate, and you will spread the majority period out over a far longer time. We will stop paying that 8.5% and 80+ million dollars a year because we need that money to spend on the development of Belize for the people of this country. So you will hear that the first thing that we do after being re-elected is to announce an appointment of a team to go and re-negotiate that SUPERBOND to give us better rates - far better rates because we aren’t taking it anymore.” - Dean Barrow, Leader of the UDP.

Belizeans, the quotes above show a PUP leader who makes statements, which do not require much thought and is devoid of substance. Grow the economy, he says, but does not say how he or his party plans to grow the economy. On the other hand, the leader of the UDP, Dean Barrow has expressed fortitude in every which way, by stating categorically that the present and future payments of the ill-begotten SUPERBOND is an albatross that has to be exorcised so that there is a concentrated focus on economic growth. This growth will stimulate small business growth, increase access to education, jobs creation and growth, health sector development, and focus on our productive industries.

On June 28, 2011, the former leader of the PUP, Said Musa opined “ the PUP and Mark Espat were right there helping us to get that SUPERBOND solved.  That’s right! the PUP went all around the world meeting with creditors…and so we successfully restructured the debt of the country and so it gave the Barrow government for 22 years not one or two, 22 years to pay the debt”. Belizeans, even the former leader was ‘prophetic’ enough to suggest that it requires a leader like Dean Barrow to ensure that our debt is fully restructured and to ensure that it can be serviced. Musa suggested that Dean Barrow should be Prime Minister for 22 years plus. It is imperative that the UDP be elected on March 7th and beyond so that the fiscal health of this jewel is given the attention, vision, and focus it requires. This will ensure that the economy is on a stable path to consistent growth.

Some of the questions Belizeans should be asking is: “What do we have to show for the money?” The SUPERBOND is ‘killing Belize’. Schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, etc could have been built and serviced. The money spent and to be spent on this albatross could make so much difference for the poor, and in general, the lives of many Belizeans. Let us take a more detailed look into the SUPERBOND.  The last payment at interest rate of 6% was made on February 20, 2012. Beginning August 2012, the interest rate climbs to 8.5% and the first payment is for US$23,497, 211.11. These payments will be consistent until February 20th, 2019. On interest payments alone, the amount is expected to be US $330,122,905.56.      

We must bear in mind that the payments on the principal to that point would be zero. Commencing on August 20, 2019, payments will have to cover principal and interest; the first payment being US$50,708,105.56 (Principal: $27,340,000.00 and Interest: $23,368,105.56). Between August 20, 2019 and February 20, 2029, the country would be making payments of US$546,800,000.00 and $247,495,350.00 or a total of US$794,295,350.00. The sum total of interest paid at 4.25%, 6%, and 8.5% until the full liquidation of the SUPERBOND would be US$714,895,433.33. This means, Belizeans, that the full cost of this albatross would be Principal of US $546,800,000.00 plus Interest of US$714,895,433.33 or a total of US$1,261,695,433.33.

Some of these debts should have been incurred for
1. Housing (DFC) US $47,969,775.00
2. Rural Prefab Schools US $4,260,596.50
3. General Budget Support US $20,000,000.00 + $10,700,000.00
4. Multi Sector Development US$16,700,000.00
5. Rural Electrification $2,916,691.52
Incurred for 2003:
1. Housing US$22,458,242.00
2. Housing US$7,827,604.00
3. Mahogany Heights US $14,184,131.27

Above is but a sample. If so much was spent on housing, education, and expansion why is it that we have only seen expansion in education over the last four years under the UDP?  Credit must be given to the Minister of Education and Youth, Patrick Faber, who had a vision and implemented that vision of providing access through student grants and expansion in buildings and equipment across the country. We must also ask if the debts incurred for housing was merited, since the UDP wrote off in excess of $70,000,000.00 in home mortgages to help the poor and to strengthen the middle class. Where is all that money that was supposed to be spent on housing? If you look collectively at the debt schedule that was consolidated to form the SUPERBOND, the country’s economy should have been progressively better when the UDP came into office, but we all know that such is not the case. Of course, we are all very much aware of the big housing failure, aptly ribbed, Mahogany Heights and the author of such a failure, is no other than Mr. Faber’s opponent in Collet. Voters of Collet, please do not be fooled; there is only one choice in Collet, and that choice is Patrick Faber.

So I ask and reiterate, the question, the plea that is on every Belizean’s tongue: Can anyone, anybody, show me what we got for that money? Please, please, just one thing?

Not long after being office, in fact, less than a week after being elected, Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, faced with a bullet payment on the SUPERBOND was not phased by or shirked from his responsibility “My government will stand up to its manifesto promises.” Yes, all was not achieved, but much was achieved and as the next government, much more will be achieved, along with what remained from the 2008 manifesto. Maybe the PUP believed and tried to hoodwink the Belizean people into thinking that Belize had escaped its immediate financial crisis, but what they did was cripple the country’s ability to grow, expand, and fully embrace and take advantage of investment opportunities, which has committed even the unborn Belizean to a crippling debt repayment schedule. The SUPERBOND will become too expensive to maintain and just as individual debt holders seek restructuring, there is a need to negotiate a restructuring of the SUPERBOND, on more concessionary terms and an extension, which provides greater cash flow for the government to finance some of its proposed growth initiatives. The questionable projects and the ‘super’ wealthy PUPs, who fattened their pockets, are the only things we got from the SUPERBOND.

Belizeans, the question must be asked: Which leader would you trust to steer us into future economic prosperity? One leader, Francis Fonseca, says that we must grow the economy, which he helped to stagnate and burden, and the other, Dean Barrow, of the UDP, says that we need to restructure the SUPERBOND, to reduce its death like grip on the growth of the Belizean economy. The PUP leader provides no solutions and if their shallow rhetoric propagandized in the launch of their manifesto is any assurance, VOTERS BEWARE. It’s the same shallowness under a PUP, who doesn’t know if it’s the NEW PUP, OLD PUP, or what is its identity. The only choice is a leader, DEAN BARROW, who has steered the economic ship and ensured its stability, even during the turbulent shocks of the global economic crisis. On MARCH 7th, there is only one choice for the municipal and general elections and that choice is the UDP, under the confident, pro-growth, pro-poor, pro-middle class, pro-development leadership of Dean Barrow. -1 1 0 40 2/23/2012 06:00:00 62 0/0/0000 00:00:00 0 0 0/0/0000 00:00:00 2/23/2012 06:00:00 0/0/0000 00:00:00 show_title= link_titles= show_intro= show_section= link_section= show_category= link_category= show_vote= show_author= show_create_date= show_modify_date= show_pdf_icon= show_print_icon= show_email_icon= language= keyref= readmore= 1 0 5 0 1618 robots= author= 4433 Lisa and the PUP were Bitten by their own Hate lisa-and-the-pup-were-bitten-by-their-own-hate

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My dear readers, do you remember the three blind mice?  I always say that if one does not know history, one is destined to repeat past 'stupid' mistakes.  This article is about phrases like:  What goes around, comes around.   ''Don't spit in the well, you might one day need a drink of water.   Don't burn your bridges.   GOD doesn't like ugly.''...and so before I go any further, please recall that it was none order than the Motor Mouth of Belize, Miss $3.34 Million Giveaway Lisa who THREATENED that she would be the first in line to fight AGAINST the UDP Government (possibly encourage a revolt) if it tried to amend the Belize Constitution in favor of allowing her own fellow Belizeans with dual citizenships to qualify for national office.  Then the Mighty Cordel, who gave up the Lake I seat, had his say.  Ms Kreole Udz, who was not happy her own birth name, also spoke out against her fellow Belizeans.  If you think that only those three participated in that hateful fight, you would be surely wrong! 


Friday, we saw Motor Mouth, as she always does, running back and forth to Court, trying to get her own way.  The sheer arrogance of some of these lawyers, misusing the Courts! (Yes, I am a little peeved as I am typing).  Her behavior reminds me of Aschroft suing everyone on his radar screen; fortunately for us Belizeans, he now finds himself under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's microscope.  He has so much hanging over his head that he cannot fund the crooked PUP.  Please allow me to go back to Lisa.   She needs to LEARN that the laws and the courts were not created for her personal indulgence.  They are for the PEOPLE;  I guess that in the same callous way that she gave away the PEOPLE’S  $3.34 Million, she wants to have her way in Court.  I submit that if the very wise King Solomon was on our bench, Lisa, Ralph, Said, David, Carolyn and many others in the lying, thieving PUP would not be out free today!  Motor Mouth and Crew did not want BORN BELIZEANS with dual citizenships to run for national office, BUT on Friday, I saw them fighting to nominate a BORN Guatemalan with Belize and US passports for national office.  Now, if that is not crazy, then I do not know crazy when I see it!  I am sure that Hubert won't object if we call them ''Crazies Glues!

  PM Barrow is NOT perfect, in that regard he is like every other human.  What PM Barrow did since 2008 was to carefully show ALL Belizeans what can be done with the PEOPLE’S money when politicians do NOT steal it but instead use it to help the PEOPLE.  When you work the money, there is none to steal!  Brilliant! In this regard he is 100% different from Said, Ralph, Lisa, Carolyn, Johnny....and that is the NUMBER ONE reason why I strongly recommend that EVERY voter completely REJECT the PUP and vote RED on March 7, 2012.

No Schakron, No Lisa, No Said, No Carolyn, No PUP! Do not blame 'single mother status.'  Do not blame 'big wig lawyers.'  Do not blame Mark King.  Do not blame the electoral officer.  Do not blame civil servants. Do not blame the Court.  Do not blame a fictitious 'anti-women agenda.'  Do not blame Jules.  Do not blame the Media.  Do not blame the Government.  Most of all do not blame Dean Barrow. I encourage people to be truthful.  Every Belizean knows that PM Barrow tried to pass an amendment to allow dual nationals to qualify for national ballot.  Schakron, it was your people in the PUP, led by Motor Mouth Lisa and Francis Fonseca who did everything possible to block the amendment.  They were adamant and insistent.  You should therefore turn to the very HYPOCRITES behind you and lay the blame on them.  Further, the unsafe environment that took your nephew's life is also a legacy of the corrupt PUP. The proper place then, to direct your anger, hate, meanness, frustration, threats and venom is at the feet of the PUP.  I tell you that the PUP fowl has come home to roost.  AGAIN, if the PUP did NOT block the amendment, the name Edmee Yolanda Schakron would have been nominated into nomination for the March 7th ballot The PUP, led by Motor Mouth Lisa, is the cause of your disappointment - and I speak the truth!

Allow me a personal note.  Belize was NOT harmed by dual nationals, but by worthless crooks!  George Cadle Price was totally against Belizeans outside the country voting because he knew fully well that we would have voted him out of office the first chance we got!  If there is one thing that travel and education does, is expand one's scope of thinking.  Despotism and dictatorship can never survive in the arena of freedom.  As X says: ''Power to the PEOPLE.''