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As if the damage to the north and anxi-
ety throughout the rest of Belize from
Hurricane Dean was not enough, on
Wednesday Belize City was practically
underwater as a tropical wave dumped
torrents of rain. The Belize Met office
reported that over 10 inches of rain fell
in one day! More rain in one day than
the previous record of 7.2 inches for
the entire month of August.
The drains in low-lying streets in this
below sea level town just could not ab-
sorb all the water coming down so rap-
idly and within a matter of hours
people's homes and businesses on lower
flats had water spilling over their thresh-
olds.
The Northern Highway was sub-
merged in the usual trouble spots be-
fore the Haulover Bridge and Ladyville
had a half mile stretch of flooded road,
both of which threatened to make the
highway virtually impassable had the
rains continued unabated.
Princess Margaret Drive was a river
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An SUV churns up a wake as it ploughs ;lih,, h flood waters on Barrack Road after torrential rains on Wednesday.


By JOHN PAIN, Associated Press
MIAMI Hurricane Dean was the
third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to
make landfall since record keeping be-
gan in the 1850s, based on its central
atmospheric pressure, forecasters said.
The pressure in a hurricane's eye is
often used to compare storms through-
out history because in the past, wind
gauges were often damaged or de-
stroyed by powerful hurricanes. Now,
technology exists to more accurately
measure winds, said Jamie Rhome, a
hurricane specialist with the National
Hurricane Center.
"And the damage is caused by the
wind, so that's what most people look
at," he said.
But pressure also measures strength:
the lower the pressure, the greater a
hurricane's power to suck in air. A


Hurricane Dean s 165mph winds blewdown trees, ripped off many rooftops and left amny
families homeless in Corozal
hurricane's winds are blown because ference.
higher-pressure air rushes toward the Typically, the lower the pressure, the
lower-pressure eye to equalize the dif- faster the air speeds in. But because of


other variables in each storm, a certain
pressure does not always correspond
to a specific wind speed.
Dean was a top-scale Category 5
storm at landfall Tuesday on Mexico's
Yucatan Peninsula. Its maximum sus-
tained winds were near 165 mph and
gusts reached 200 mph. Just before
landfall, a Global Positioning System
device dropped from a hurricane hunter
aircraft found it had a central pressure
of 906 millibars, forecasters said.
The only other storms that hit land with
a lower pressure were the 1935 Labor
Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys
and Hurricane Gilbert, which hit
Cancun, Mexico, in 1988, forecasters
said.
Gilbert caused more than 300 deaths
in LatinAmerica and the Caribbean. The
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Alarmed and
Ashamed
Dear Editor,
I recently received a call asking if
I would donate to the relief efforts in
the Corozal District. Evidently the
Belizeans in the Tampa area are ask-
ing for funds so that they can ship
down some bottled water and other
supplies. The Belize newspapers have
stories of unhappiness and some seri-
ous problems with relief supplies being
distributed.
It all brought back the horror sto-
ries of the hurricane Iris relief efforts in
Mango Creek area and Southern
Belize. The number one helpers in
terms of not trying to steal anything
or make a profit out of Hurricane Iris
were the Mennonites. Never in my
life did I see such withholding of
goods and services for the poor
people that needed help the most than
during Iris!
I was really ashamed to see the
stealing of funds and material by
those in charge. It appears to me that
the same might happen again in re-


gards to this distribution effort...
Signed,
KC
Stop Dog poisoning
Dear Editor
Greetings from Seine Bight Vil-
lage. I am writing in response to the
strychnine eradication being planned
for Belmopan 26 August.
I am a Belizean, and a member of
the Placencia Humane Society and I
have to agree with the Belmopan
Humane Society that such a practice
is totally inhumane and senseless and
can be handled in a more modem way
that does not harm any beloved pets.
The poisoned chicken will be
around for days. Yes, you may kill a
few strays but you will also kill pets.
Most cats are not tied or leashed,
plus, the poison is around for a long
time after the date of poisoning, and
can poison any wild creature or bird
as well, not to mention a dog being
walked properly on a leash-we see
our own dogs gobble up garbage off
the beach even when we are scold-
ing them. They just cannot resist!
My family experienced the strych-


nine poisoning of our beloved dog
Dee in 2005. She was in our yard
but someone planning a robbery
threw some strychnine-laced meat
into the yard that night and she ate it.
We were lucky enough that a veteri-
narian was conducting clinic in our
area the next day and we rushed her
to the clinic where she had blood
transfusions for about 12 hours. The
strychnine had seized up her muscles
and her teeth had actually clamped
down so hard on her tongue that the
teeth came through the other side.
Her body was tensed as a rock. Ev-
eryone at the clinic was horrified and
a story in our local paper Placencia
Breeze was printed about this terrible
incident. Our dog was saved but only
lived a short 2 years before her liver
gave out from the poisoning, as the
veterinarian explained might happen.
A few months ago this year she suf-
fered stroke, loss of coordination and
finally died, years ahead of her natu-
ral time.
Dee was poisoned by strychnine
and we all know the suffering an ani-
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Beverly Hills
Robert Burns Wines

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Hi Time Wines

Glendale
Red Carpet Wine

Hollywood
K&L Wines

Los Angeles
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K&L Wines

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K&L Wines


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Boynton Beach
Royal Wine and Spirits

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Kingdom Liquors & Fine Wine

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Zodiac Fine Wine & Spirits
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AAA Discount Liquors

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Roy's Liquors

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Country Liquors & Fine Wines

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J & J Liquors
Pamen Liquor #2
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Big Red Liquors

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Classic Spirits
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A- I1 Liqours
Elite Beverages
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Trail Inn Liquors

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By: Charles L. Payne
Another election is coming up and
the political machines are gearing up
to make their pitch to a mass of
people with unclear vision. The pro-
paganda is usually so stifling that the
smoke screens are layer deep. You
would almost have to have a degree
in political science to sift through the
cesspool of cons, briberies, trickery,
etc.
I would like to offer one logical ap-
proach to it, a sort of a strategic vot-
ing, a sifting tool to filter all of the gar-
bage being thrown at you. This elec-
tion is going to be like a math prob-
ability, an equation so to speak.
What is the Value of X and where
should it go? The Value of X is easily
answered...."IT IS DIRECTLY
PROPOTIONAL TO ONE'S
SELFWORTH"! To some people X
may be valued as a swamp lot offered
by a political bribe OR you can be
bought for $100.00BZ,
$1,000.00BZ, apolitical promise or
favor etc.
The fact of the matter is that a bribe
is a criminal offence and any political


to


candidate or their assigns' offering you
abribe is a criminal, period! Do you
want to vote for a criminal? We made
that mistake already and look at the
mess we are in. Taking a bribe is also
a criminal act.
Some people ask, "What if I take
their offering but I vote against them?"
Actually, that is not a criminal act as
you are not giving anything (your vote)
in return. Voting is a private and moral
issue. You are who you are you can-
not lie to yourself.
When our civil servants (politicians)
offer you a swamp lot (as they keep
the good stuff for themselves) don't
forget that we are the ones that have
empowered them to do this act by
virtue of the office we have given them
by the power of our vote. It is there-
fore part of our "constitutional right"
to receive property form these civil
servant ministers. THIS IS NOT
THEIR PROPERTY.... THIS IS
OUR HERITAGE AS BELIZEANS!
I truly believe that the value of X
should be something with real mean-
ing, a long term investment in your
country such as the greater good of


here


put i

all Belizeans, the greater good for the
environment, a better financial life for
your children and their children, a
better quality of life. Belizeans tend
to have this "NOW" mentally-in-
stant gratification and short
sightedness. Politicians know this fact
and they exploit you easily. They give
you cash now, and they "own" you
forever!
Life in Belize City is like living in
the past in Nazi Germany. There is a
tangible taste of fear in the air. There
is an absence of police, deserted
streets at night, self imposed curfew,
high violent crime. Keeps the people
occupied with fear, depressed, poor
and helpless and control is yours. The
Devil operates best in chaos; I use the
term Devil loosely.
Yeah, but we have it all under con-
trol (Belize's socio economic, socio
ethnic, upwardly mobile and Nouveux
riche)......We have our huge concrete
homes/fortresses with concrete back-
yards 3 stories high all dressed up
with barbed wire and pit bull terriers.
Locked up tight inside with all of the
North American luxuries such as large


It's not about need! It's all about GREEDw


my x

colored TV, stereo, fancy furniture,
expensive foods from superstores--
WOW Double WOW. We have suc-
ceeded in bringing the US to us! The
true fact is that we have created a
beautiful JAIL for ourselves. We ven-
ture outside in our air-conditioned
SUV comfort OR we say something
against the Government and we could
be the next victim. Watch your Back!!
I feel diminished as a Belizean when
I hear the saying, "They are both the
same" referring to the two Political
parties the PUP and the UDP. This is
the type of Propaganda the PUP
dishes out and feeds off. You see, this
statement justifies their corruption,
gives them even credibility, a level
playing field so to speak. This could
not be more far from the truth. I say
to you: become informed before you
utter and spread such ignorant state-
ments. Become an educated Voter.
Do your homework before you make
that ever so precious VOTE that all
those politicians are after; Research
each candidate... each party's mani-
festo and make an informed commit-
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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 5


Could never


from Taiwan or Guatemala.
Although, to be fair, there were
personal contributions from some
local leaders; not the ones we ex-
pected, who act as if they have the
north under control, their personal


SI
By: Karla Heusner Vernon

When Belizeans saw the images
of Hurricane Katrina victims in
New Orleans, saw their poverty and
frustration when they tried to get
aid, we told ourselves that would
never happen here.
We believed, as poor as so many
of us are, that the rest would pitch in
and help if a hurricane destroyed one
of our cities or towns, devastated our
countryside villages. We were sure
our government would mobilize its re-
sources faster than they did in
Lousiana. After all our country is so
small. Surely we no one would suffer
as they had back in the "old days,"
after Hattie, after 1931. Belize is so
much more modern, up-to-date, well
connected, internally and externally.
Right?
From the pleas coming from
Corozal district residents, perhaps
not.
We have been astonished and as-
tounded to hear and see villagers
begging for water, food, building
materials. We knew GOB was es-
sentially broke, but somehow con-
vinced ourselves there was some re-
serve money set aside in the treasury
for emergencies, notjust stashed away
for elections or in politicians' offshore
accounts. We believed, deep down,
that there was some remnant of de-
cency in the indecent ones.....
But apparently there was no money
to fix the shelters BEFORE the storm
(although where it went will likely re-
main a mystery only the IDB and oth-
ers may attempt to solve), no money
for fuel for evacuation by bus, and no
ready money for water and rations
afterwards.
There couldn't have been, or it
would not have taken three or four
days for it all to begin trickling to-
wards the desperate. Almost a week
for government grants and loans to
come on stream.
Perhaps it was an emergency dis-
persal from USAID, a western union


fiefdoms, but others who took the time
and commitment seriously to go there
in person. There was a host of non-
governmental and private enterprises
and volunteer groups who took on the
job of relief and rebuilding. The BDF,
even prisoners from Kolbe, were sec-
onded for clean-up duty. A casino in
the Free Zone helped provide water,
PACT and others water and ice.
Much has been made of the tribal
politics interfering with the distri-
bution, of conflicts between NEMO
and local government. What a sad,
sorry commentary on our maturity
as a country. Apathetic comparison
to our neighbors across the border
who are able to join hands and rise
above party differences to save
lives, prevent children from going
hungry or getting sick.
Why did our government not
open soup kitchens immediately
like the Mexicans? Why did we not
see community work brigades or-
ganized from a higher level?
Instead it was just grumbling and
fighting and backstabbing as usual.
Greedy choke puppy problems. So
typical. So expected.
For like so many of our citizens who
do save for a rainy day, our govern-
ment spends money like there is no
tomorrow. Refusing to learn the les-
sons of so many near misses. Prodi-
gal sons all.
And come September those of us
who panicked at our lack of cash
to get ready for Dean will not go to
the bank or credit union and set
aside some pay for the next disaster.
No, no, we will spend it on bling and
blang for the celebrations. Buy rum
with the money we said we did not
have for powdered milk, tins of corned
beef and candles.
Come Christmas we will spend
lavishly for fancy lacy curtains for


windows we bawled we
money to protect with plyw
will shamelessly festo
spouses and sweethearts a
dren with gold, just weeks
cried we had no cash to p


people we say we love on
or boat or bus and move
higher ground.
And during the General El
Why, all those politician
slapped away the hands
people seeking water and f
readily grease their palr
money for votes. Convinc
chunk of zinc whopped the
in the head so hard he or
not remember how the
forced to live like animal
others could live like prin
lieve they will be so gratefi
"grant" they received to
their humble home they v
their lifelong loyalty to th
who patronized them so...
Come next June we will
have our boxes of suppi
bottled water, no chunk of
set aside for rebuilding, n
ance for our home and
tents. We too will be as I
our government... and
going for lodging and assist,
For we all seem to believe


en to us

had no a charmed people, living in a good
vood. We country, blessed by the gods.
)on our By June we will forget that back
ind chil- in August so many of our people
after we were lined up in the hot sun and
ut these sleeping in rain filled homes, as
deprived of food and water and
inld shelter as those Americans up in
New Orleans after Katrina.
jdy Belizeans, our Belizeans, not
strangers or foreigners but people
al. WE are responsible for.
The saddest part of all this is,
Belize will not learn anything yet
again. We will continue to expose
i a plane thousands more men and women
them to and children all across this land to
this same fate again next year....
elections? Continuing to believe, despite all the
ins who twisted zinc and downed trees and
s of the ruined crop evidence, that true suf-
'ood will fearing could never happen to us.
ms with That somehow, someway, someone
ed some will have us covered. That neither
ir victim we, nor our government, have any
she does need to set anything aside for the
-y were next rainy day and wind filled night.
s so that Even though the next time Belize
ces. Be- might not be so "lucky."


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rebuild
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lies and
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"PUP fails to run with the ball,


PNP


By: William Schmidt
PG correspondent for
INdependentWeeklV
People's National Party leader Will
Mehia has adopted Toledo People's
Eco Park Plan for the official PNP strat-
egy and action plan for the sustainable
development of the Toledo District.
Mehia has been involved with the for-
mation of the Eco park plan for many
years, beginning when he was Director
of TIDE, Toledo's largest conversation/
development origination. He authorized
TIDE's staff to attend the Eco-park
planning meetings, which led in March
of 2003 to their signing what Dr.
Palacio, General Manger of the Toledo
Development Corporation, who drafted
the M.O.U., called a "historic docu-
ment".
For the first time in Toledo's history
that representatives of all the elected
political leaders-- rural and urban-- the
Toledo Civil Society, the maj or cultural,
conservation and development organi-
zations including the USA Peace Corps
signed in support of the further devel-
opment of the Toledo People's Eco Park
Plan.
Mehia said "the Eco park is truly the
way to go if we in Toledo are going to
keep the economic benefits of our rich
natural resources and be able to de-
velop them for own people". Will fur-
ther stated that "the Eco Park is the way
to guarantee that the resources of To-
ledo are developed in sustainable ways


picks it
so they will be there for our children.
The success of the Eco Park could serve
as a model for the rest of Belize.
In all fairness to RT. Hon. Prime
Minster Said Musa, he has also been
supporting and recommending the Eco
park for many years now. In February
2000 he sent Martin Enriquez, Chair-
man of the Punta Gorda Conservation
Committee the urban of the Eco park
plan a letter of support stating, "I wish
to confirm my support for the Punta
Gorda Conservation Committee. I can-
not underscore enough the importance
of protecting the rich flora and fauna of
the area to which I known your organi-
zation is fully committed our government
shares this vision of eco tourism devel-
opment for the south".
Again in March of 2004, he sent Mr.
Richard Thorpe, a distinguished plan-
ner and volunteer for the eco park
working team, a letter of support where
he said 'I am as anxious as you are to
see what need to be done to implement
the eco park plan for Toledo. As you
so rightly note democracies work only
if all kinds of residents get working and
take some responsibility".
The most recent support was on Fri-
day 12 July at a public meeting of the
PUP at the sports center in Punta
Gorda Town. The PM told a huge
crowd of nearly a thousand citizens
of Toledo that he supported the eco
Tourism plan and had directed the
new Minister of Land and Natural
Resources to help the proj ect and rec-
ommend it to PACT for support.
Minister Mike Espat, Area Repre-
sentative for Toledo East, told me the
Prime Minster had told the Cabinet
that he wanted support for the Eco
Park at their last meeting. While we
all are sincerely grateful for the sup-
port Prime Minister Musa has at-
tempted to get for our eco park and
the many poor people who support


Hurricane damage closes


Costa Maya

Mexico's second largest cruise port,
opened just six years ago at Costa
Maya on the southern Yucatan Pen-
insula, was severely damaged by
Hurricane Dean and will be closed for
repairs at least until mid-2008, a
Costa Maya spokesman said
Wednesday.
Dean made landfall at the port Tues-
day morning as a Category 5 hurri-
cane. About half of the port's infra-
structure, including the cruise ship
pier, was damaged. Repairs will take
an estimated six to eight months and
cost millions of dollars, officials said.


cruise port
The port opened in 2001 with a pier
that could accommodate three cruise
ships and a 70,000 square foot shop-
ping and entertainment complex and
grew quickly in popularity. Last year
it hosted more than half a million
cruise passengers.
Most of the major cruise lines make
port calls at Costa Maya, about 150
miles south of Cancun and just north
of the Belize border. As of Wednes-
day, neither Carnival nor Royal Car-
ibbean, two of the port's most fre-
quent users, had decided on an alter-
nate port.--Miami Herald


up to sc
it, the fact is it's been more than
seven years since his first letter of
support, four years since his second
letter and over two months since his
last and there has been no support of-
fered from the Minister of Tourism
Godfrey Smith, who appears to only
be interested in the big plans for the
wealthy. Minister Mes, Area of Rep-
resentative for Toledo West, as far as
we in Toledo know, has no plans for
our development. Minister Mike
Espat, Area Representive for Toledo
East and Chairman of the failed board
of the T.D.C has shown no knowl-
edge of the eco-park plan or interest
in supporting our people's, or our
Prime Minister's wishes.
In fact, if our Area Representative
had truly helped with the pilot project
for the eco park back in 2003 when


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M.O.U. was signed most people here
believe we could have eliminated a lot
of poverty in Toledo by now. The sad-
dest fact is that while both our Area
Representatives refused to help the
people of Toledo to develop the po-
tential for eco tourism that Toledo has,
they have no plan of their own to help
our poor people. They appear to only
have plans for the rich foreigners who
are rapidly taking advantage of the
many opportunities.
No wonder the last survey taken in
Toledo shows that over one third of
our people are ready for a third party!
No doubt Will Mehia and the PNP
will win a lot of votes by taking the
Toledo people's Eco Park as their de-
velopment plan. The PUP have
dropped the ball. Power to all the
people.


Costa Maya's bad fortune may

spell temporary increase in

Belize cruise tourism


The Costa Maya port at A

By: Lan Sluder
One of Hurricane Dean's victims was
the Port Costa Maya cruise ship termi-
nal near the village ofMahahual, Mexico.
The cruise ship docking pier was at least
50% destroyed, and the village of 300
people, established just to serve the
cruise ships, was wiped out, although
thanks to a required evacuation there
was no loss of life.
Bad news for Mahahual could be
good news for Belize's cruise tourism
industry. It's expected that some cruise
ship operators will replace Costa Maya
with stops in either Belize City or
Roatan, while others will stay longer in
Cozumel or reroute to other parts of
the Caribbean. Some 300 ships docked
at Costa Maya in 2006, with about


Hurricane Dean.


600,000 passengers from around a
dozen cruise ship lines, including Car-
nival, Princess, Royal Caribbean,
Seabourn and others. It is the Mexican
Caribbean's second-busiest cruise port,
after Cozumel. It is expected to take at
least six months to rebuild the cruise ter-
minal.
The number of cruise ships and pas-
sengers visiting Belize has been declin-
ing since its peak in 2004 of around
850,000; cruise ship passengers at
Belize City totaled 656,000 in 2006,
although the first few months of 2007
saw an increase over the same period
in 2006.
(You can read more about Belizean
tourism by Lan Sluder by going to
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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 7


By: Ray Auxillou
(Swing Voter)
Part 1
Like many of you, I don't know who
to vote for. By chance, I caught a Chan-
nel 5 news program on TV Thursday
night. It covered the National Health
Insurance issues, the tour of the Prime
Minister in the Toledo District. Follow-
ing this was a story on CARICOM and
the $5 billion food importation bill in
foreign exchange, experienced collec-
tively by CARICOM countries. Then
there was the new extended airport re-
view, which was quite well explained,
by Minister Godfrey Smith, I believe.
All good issues to discuss with a com-
ing election for a new government in
Belize.
I am as yet undecided. But here is
what I do know: the PUP advertising
documentary program covering the To-
ledo Tour of the Prime Minister is de-
signed of course to get votes. Perfectly
legitimate use of party campaign mon-
ies. Over the past ten years, Musa has
taken it to heart to see that the Toledo
District got more attention from gov-
ernment departments and services. That
impressed me greatly.
From his commercial documentary, I
was counting the things his PUP had
done for the Toledo District in the last
five years. There is a school building
done in the coastal village of Barranco.
Wasn't that built by the US Army or
something? There were a couple of
foundation posts being dug for a future
bridge to connect the village of Crique
Sarco with the rest of the country. It
hadn't been built yet though and prob-
ably will never be in the immediate fu-
ture.
There has been a lot in the newspa-
pers and on this PUP documentary
about land titles for Toledo residents.
That might be impressive as an accom-
plishment, but I don't know how much
is hype and bombast and how much is
reality. It's hard enough getting titles to
land in the Cayo District. I can't imag-
ine it will be easier in the Toledo Dis-
trict. All in all, the documentary was in-
teresting for scenery as a travelogue, but
not very informative for vote getting.
With the PUP National Debt crisis
being what it is, I haven't really expected
too much of anything, so what has not


happened in Toledo, I don't find too
distressing. I can understand a nation in
debt and the choices one must make.
Where it becomes confusing is when the
paucity of development in Toledo is
contrasted with the Universal Health
Care Hospital fiasco. A total debt cost
that will, at 17% interest, cost us tax-
payers another $120 million, the Op-
position say, before it is over and if the
PUP get elected for next term.
Street people tell me there are no in-
vestors for this private hospital and the
announcement of same, was just a po-
litical gambit to take a bad publicity is-
sue off the election campaigning table,
until the PUP win again.
On the other hand, some newspapers
are saying that Ashcroft and his Belize
Bank can see the writing on the wall


and he is going to London arbitration,
to make the PUP Government pay up,
based on Musa's assigning responsibil-
ity to us taxpayers. Or really make the
debt legal somehow, since there is a
question of the legality ofMusa's uni-
lateral action without Cabinet and Leg-
islative authorization, binding on the next
elected government, before the PUP
leave office? We can only await devel-
opments on that one! The original loan
was with the DFC and this institution is
supposed to go bankrupt and thus ne-
gate the Belize Bank loan. They should
get pennies on the dollar, like any bank-
ruptcy creditor. I don't care about
Musa's ego here; this loan is not a valid
taxpayer obligation!
Stewart Krohn for Channel 5, a PUP
leaning station most of the time, did ask


some questions on the NHI medical ser-
vice issue that had been puzzling me.
Belizeans will have to pay $10 for ser-
vice at the doctors and give their social
security number. The rest of their medi-
cal services via private for profit refer-
ral doctors will be paid for by the gov-
ernment. This just doesn't ring true!
When pressed by TV interviewer
Krohn, Minister Coye said the oil income
would pay for medical services through a
special fund, added to Government's de-
ductions from revenues for medical ser-
vice. This definitely sounded fishy to me.
How can they pay medical service with
oil money and can't pay the landowners
their oil royalties? The small oil field was
only supposed to last two years and time
is fast running out... Other quasi experts
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Secretary General ofthe Organisation
of American States (OAS), Dr. Jose
Miguel Insulza, has named Pamela
Coke Hamilton, first female and first
Jamaican national, as the new director
of the Department of Trade, Tourism
and Competitiveness (DTTC), effective
August 1.
In her new job, Pamela Coke
Hamilton will seek to bolster and
support the efforts of the OAS mem-
ber- states to expand trade opportu-
nities, increase competitiveness and
foster economic integration through-
out the Americas.
The division also focuses on tour-
ism development, which is a crucial area
of importance for the CARICOM
member-states ofthe OAS. The depart-
ment also seeks to strengthen and en-
hance the contribution of this critical




Who


--ME (Continued From Page 7)
say that while gas pressure may decline,
there might be lower production vol-
ume of oil over another ten or fifteen
years, but never again at the rate the oil
is flowing right now and soon to slow
down. Any oil revenues are going to
drop off any month now? There are no
other oil finds, at least not that I've heard
of. Trinidad just had some of their gas
field run dry and have no more natural
gas, just as an example of what can hap-
pen.
NHI, as touted by the PUP, sounds
like some sort of copy cat deal from
some other country. I don't see it work-
ing for long, at $10 co-payment for poor
people. Forty years ago I had to pay
government $50 co-payment for the
birth of each of my daughters in the
Belize City hospital by the waterside.
How could it be less now?
So the whole NHI thing is confusing.
PUP Health Minister Coye has said he
doesn't think the Social Security should
pay for it. I agree with that! I'd hate for
the PUP to break the Social Security
Fund like they did the DFC. Another
e-mail writer stated that Social Secu-
rity has funded the present NHI pilot
project in South Side and lent their So-
cial Security staff to the running of it.
Yet, the PUP have announced they will
be expanding the NHI project as a done
deal, prior to the election and NHI will
be established elsewhere in the nation
before then. (Sound like one of those
election campaign gimmicks?)
Yet PUP Health Minister Coye has
said the Cabinet does not know how
they are going to pay for it. General Rev-


Pamela Coke Hamilton


enue fund has no money. They cannot
even fix our streets up here in Santa
Elena town, or elsewhere in the coun-
try for lack of money. Social Security
has money if we wish to bleed that dry.
Which apparently is the way they are
doing it now. How can you implement
a proj ect as huge as this without know-
ing how to pay for it?
In other health news, it seems District
Hospitals will now be called Polyclin-
ics. Which means what? Far as I can
see, these district hospitals are now
going to be emergency field dressing
stations and transporting all serious
cases to Belmopan via ambulance.
If you die because of delays, or time
spent on the road, too bad. Apparently
from the descriptive newspaper articles,
Belmopan hospital is a TRIAGE sta-
tion, meaning they call your loved ones
to pick up your dead body, or they stick
another fresh IV in your arm and shoot
you offto the center of ALL emergency
health care, which will be in the port
Belize City by another fresh ambulance.
Do you go to KHMH, or do you go to
this new MUSA funded $120 million
expensive rich folks hospital called
UHS? If you go to UHS, who pays and
what is going to happen to KHMH? Is
that just another Polyclinic now for re-
ferrals? What happens to current medi-
cal funding? Does it go into a new fund,
to pay UHS for emergencies? Or pri-
vate doctors who will rapidly be setting
up their own private for profit diagnos-
tic clinics to suck Social Security Medi-
cal funding program dry?
Some doctors will now form partner-
ships obviously and become polyclin-


sector to the overall regional thrust to
increase employment and to realise
higher and more sustainable levels of
economic growth and prosperity within
the Caribbean.
Mrs. Coke Hamilton currently holds
the position of Principal Trade Special-
ist with the OAS, with specific respon-
sibility for CARICOM trade capacity-
building.
In addition, since July 2004, she has
spearheaded, under a cooperative
agreement between the OAS and the
University ofthe West Indies, Cave Hill,
the establishment of the Masters in In-
ternational Trade Policy (MITP)
programme, which is now an interna-
tionally recognized programme fortrain-
ing of trade policy specialists.
Capacity-building exercises
She has also served as the director of


ics of their own and specialists, so they
can have the General Practitioner look
at you, then double charge you to go
see his stockholder buddy as a Spe-
cialist referral. There are so many ways
to rip off the government taxpayer....
The medical profession is as greedy
as any other group of people. Can you
imagine the flurry of tests you will have
to get done, and expert doctor referrals
to treat a simple flu, by a batch of pri-
vate get rich quick scam artist doctors
(a common medical scam by doctors in
the USA). Anywhere else they did this
system, like the USA; it broke, or is
breaking the government treasury. It sure
sounds like the public slander asking
Musa how much stock he had in NHS
might have some foundation, here? A
private hospital venture, getting a $120
million cost free government debt guar-
antee? One can see if the NHI referral
program was planned to feed custom-
ers to the Universal Health Services at
their alleged $10,000 a day costs, how
somebody was going to ruin Social Se-
curity and the government general rev-
enues. Another plunder and looting de-
bacle on the horizon, it looks like to
me...
On the other hand, one reads all the
time in the newspapers how govern-
ment creditors can't get paid anyway. I
can't imagine UHS cashiers taking trea-
sury vouchers that won't be honored.
I've still got a 32 year old Treasury
Voucher I've spent more money than
it's worth, trying to collect on it, several
times over. I keep meaning to frame it
and put it on the wall to remind me
NEVER to take a government treasury


the Sir Shridath Ramphal Centre for
International Trade Law Policy and
Services, which has conducted numer-
ous capacity-building exercises for
CARICOM member-states, including
training trade policy analysts for a
programme aimed at developing trade
negotiating capacity within Common-
wealth states.
An attorney by profession, Mrs.
Coke Hamilton has had a long ca-
reer in trade policy and trade nego-
tiations at the national, regional and
international levels. She previously
served as a trade negotiator for the
Government of Jamaica in both
Geneva and Washington, and was
the Free Trade Area of the Ameri-
cas coordinator for CARICOM's
Regional Negotiating Machinery.
--the Jamaica Gleaner


voucher under the PUP. Or can you
imagine doctors waiting either and they
will have to quadruple their fees to hustle
the insurance collection expenses from the
treasury. Can'tyoujust picture a $10 co-
payment mother of premature triplets run-
ningup five months in special medical care
units and $4 million dollars in medical bills
at UHS and multiply that scenario by
50,000 medical customers. It won't take
long to break the government AGAIN!
The system we have, or had, is superior
toNHfI.
More of the issues of interest to swing
voters like myself next week!
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--ME (Continued From Page 4)
ment to vote!
The PUP has laid down a legacy of
corruption. They were given a second
chance by the Belizean People... .they
even Promised attacking corruption
on their pulpit acceptance speech for
their second "MERRY-GO-
ROUND."The corruption actually in-
creased a hundred fold.
In the United States, a President can
only serve two terms. If he turns out
to be a bad apple for the country, he
can only do so much damage and he
is gone for god. Besides, it keeps
them from entrenching and getting too
much POWER. Great Wisdom. We
should adopt it sometime.
The UDP needs to be on top of their
game and remain resilient if they are
to win this election. They make good
managers of our economy and Lord
knows we need to get our economy


re to

back in order. No political party is
perfect, but as reasonable intelligent
Belizeans, we have seen both parties
performances in the past and can
judge for ourselves without the influ-
ences of propaganda.
WHO SHOULD I VOTE FOR?
Let's examine the situation.
The PUP... not an option! Unless
if you are a PUP. Too difficult to pen-
etrate that kevlar armor. I won't even
try. Too much entrenched brainwash-
ing, indoctrination, bribes, hand-outs,
partybashes, material greed and just
plain old needy. These robots will only
vote PUP even if the sky was to fall
on them.
The Independent Candidates.....in
my humble opinion, although it is
clearly democracy at work and I re-
spect them and love their courage, I
do not believe that they are ready for
2008 Not equipped, not experienced,


Secretive lord



runs Tory vote


By Oonagh Blackman, Political
Editor
27/08/2007
David Cameron (PA)
David Cameron was yesterday ac-
cused of losing his grip on the party
after allowing an offshore billionaire
to control the Tories' election cam-
paign.
Controversial Lord Ashcroft has
taken over a large office at party HQ
to oversee strategy in target areas.
The peer, with extensive business
interests in tax haven Belize is
pumping cash from one of his invest-
ment firms into chosen marginal
seats.
But senior Tories are alarmed he is
developing a rival power base to their
floundering leader's despite being
unelected and unaccountable.
Opposition parties claimed it was
a clear sign of Mr Cameron's grow-
ing weakness.
Labour whip Tom Watson said:
"Cameron seems to be letting
Ashcroft take more power while he
increasingly loses his grip on the
leadership.
"For some months Cameron has
shown he can't run the party and the
old guard are taking it back." Lib
Dem peer Lord Oakeshott added:
"The Tories are still taking money
from Michael Ashcroft despite the
controversy over his offshore situa-
tion, which is absolutely outrageous.
"How can Cameron claim to be
socially responsible when he is let-


ting him increase his own alternative
power base?"
Lord Ashcroft, who has dual citi-
zenship of the UK and Belize has
given the party more than 10 million.
But he has drawn flak for his com-
mercial dealings in the Central
American country and the fact that
he was made a peer in 2000 without
permanently living in Britain and
paying full income tax.
He also has close links to the Turks
and Caicos Islands another tax ha-
ven for the super-rich.
The tycoon, a former party trea-
surer, has previously shown his will-
ingness to defy Tory leaders.
In 2004 he clashed with Michael
Howard when he insisted his 2mil-
lion donation support specific can-
didates rather than the national cam-
paign.
There is mounting speculation Gor-
don Brown could call an election as
early as October.
Lord Ashcroft, in a sign of his
growing influence in the party, e-
mailed activists last week urging
them to keep him informed of their
campaigns.
The note said his team was on elec-
tion alert and that a "Field Campaign-
ing Department" had been set up to
oversee the blitz on target seats.
He added: "Over the coming weeks
we will be producing a range of cam-
paign materials but I wanted to out-
line a few particular priority ser-
vices."


put i

not organized, not financed, not well
known and no established manifesto.
The only viable option I see is the
UDP. I also see a clear and present
danger that the independent candi-
dates will no doubt take valuable votes
away from the only true adversary the
PUP has.
Political history at home and
abroad has shown that independents,
although well intended, have not
yielded much success. Those redi-
rected votes will hurt the UDP; as
those are the votes most likely to come
from leery and weary voters who are
fed up with "poly-tricks" as a whole.
Other votes that are up for grabs are
from new immigrants (you can bet that
PUP has them well tied up) and the
uninformed and the undecided. This
situation could conceivably give the
PUP a chance towards a minority vic-
tory.
Let's not take our eyes off the real


my


prize: "TO CHANGE THIS COR-
RUPT GOVERNMENT"!
I believe that at least under a UDP
administration the Independents can
forge ahead... on a fair playing field,
with no threats of violence, putting fort
their agendas and becoming a bona
fide and credible political force to be
reckoned with in the following elec-
tion.
Meaningful change usually comes
slowly and caution is in the wind to
quick unprepared changes. This
change will bring Belize into a Multi-
Political Party system with more
checks and balances, which is good
for the country, bringing us closer to
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and Freetown Road was more like a ca-
nal in Venice with vehicles passing each .. .. .
other like boats creating a wake behind ..:?
them. Small cars, even some pickups and
vans stalled and were abandoned by their
drivers. Pedestrians waded in knee-deep . "
water trying to reach home.
Schools all across the city were dis- - l T'
missed by 2 pm and many offices sent
their employees home well before five ,
to allow them time to secure their fami-
lies and premises. The Belize City Coun-
cil reopened several hurricane shelters
and advised residents of Belama phases
3 and 4 to evacuate. However, it seems
the waters began to subside, or people '
were reluctant to leave and no one took .
the city council up on their offer.
Forecasters had predicted another 24
to 36 hours of rain, but strangely it did
not appear and fortunately too, for
Belize City would have had some seri-
ous difficulties ifit had.
On Thursday, much of the water had
receded but many homeowners were
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1935 hurricane was responsible for
more than 400 deaths in the Keys, pri-
marily among World War I veterans
working on a highway connecting the
island chain to the mainland.
Only eight other Category 5 storms
have been known to hit land in the At-
lantic basin, including Gilbert, the 193 5
hurricane, Hurricane Camille in 1969
and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Andrew
had top sustained winds of 165 mph at
landfall. It was the second-most expen-


sive hurricane in U.S. history, after Hur-
ricane Katrina.
Hurricane Wilma is the most intense
Atlantic hurricane ever recorded in terms
of pressure: It was at 882 millibars
when it was in the Caribbean before it
weakened ahead of landfall in the
Yucatan.
The lowest pressure ever re-
corded in a tropical cyclone was
870 millibars in Typhoon Tip in the
northwest Pacific Ocean in 1979.


fll(Continued From Page 10)
left to mop out and try to dry their fur-
niture and other belongings.
The bad weather could almost be
described as a freak storm for although
the weather bureau had warned the
public of the wave, their personnel ad-
mitted none of the computer modules
predicted such a heavy downpour, most
forecasting only 2-4 inches, not the 10


inches which actually fell.
Many Belizeans joked the storm
brought the rain they had expected from
Hurricane Dean, but the volume of wa-
ter on city streets and the northern high-
way was no laughing matter. Just a so-
bering reminder of vulnerable Belize City
remains and how quickly conditions can
deteriorate, catching thousands off
guard and unprepared.


High School in Corozal


opens Doors despite


major set-backs


Many schools in the Corozal District
were not spared by Hurricane Dean but
have proved to be resilient in times of
reverse entropy. Despite the great loss,
schools made every attempt to bring
life to normality for their wind battered
students today.
One such school is the agriculturally
based High School, the St. Viator Vo-
cational High School, which lies about
1.5 Miles beyond Chunox Village, on
the Sartenej a Road, in the Corozal Dis-
trict. The school may have been irre-
versibly kept back in it's aspirations to
reach out to students in the information
technology area. The High School lost
five Windows XP based computers to
moisture. (Some five sheets of zinc
were blown ofifrom the School's roof.)
The School was also hit in the agri-
cultural area, losing some fifty chicken
layers. Also lost were about five thou-
sand dollars worth of seedlings. The
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)
You must avoid gossip and focus on
what you have to do. Listen to the com-
plaints of others. Atrip to visit relatives
should be rewarding. Recognition can
be yours if you present your ideas and
stand behind your beliefs. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21)
Social activity should be on your
agenda this week. Your lack of atten-
tion may have been a factor. You can
buy or sell if you're so inclined. Try not
to let your emotions interfere with the
completion of your work. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21)
Your own small business on the side


sounds pretty lucrative. You need to
make your environment a better place,
with more comforts and a better enter-
tainment center. Your position may be
in question if you haven't been pulling
your weight. Be careful what you con-
sume this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Short trips will be educational. Don't
be too quick to judge partners or those
you work with. Be careful; you may
upset someone you live with if you don't
consult with them. Update and review
your personal investments. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22)
You should check out prestigious


clubs or groups that have a cause you
believe in. You'll look guilty if you don't
lay your cards on the table. This may
not be your day if you are overly melo-
dramatic and unnerving everyone
around you. Secret affairs could cause
upset. Your lucky day this week will be
Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Someone is trying to pull the wool
over your eyes, and ifyou're gullible, it
may cost you. You will be popular and
will easily attract members of the op-
posite sex. Take care of chores that
have been hanging over your head. Se-
cret love affairs may be enticing; how-
ever, you must be prepared for the re-
straints that will follow. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
You may have difficulties with foreign-
ers. Try not to allow your partner to lead
you astray or upset your routine. You
can make changes to your domestic
scene that will benefit all who reside


there. You'll find it easy to meet new
people. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22)
This will not be the best day to try to
push your ideas or concerns. You may
cause a fuss if you come on too strongly
in public. Self improvement projects
should be your key concern. Decep-
tion in your home is evident. Don't beat
around the bush. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Your ability to take hold of a situation
will surely bring you popularity and
leadership. Over spending or unex-
pected bills could set you back. Try to
be there for someone if they need as-
sistance. Keep tabs on your spending.
Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-
day.
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Keep calm. Someone around you is
bouncing off the walls. Secret enemies
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US helps Belize after

Hurricane Dean

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Hurricane dean nl.... ... / homes in Corozal and Orange Walk, flattened cane fields and
papaya plantations and uprooted numerous trees.


WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 /
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The
U.S. Government through the U.S.
Agency for International Development
(USAID) announced it will provide
$50,000 to support the relief efforts of
the Government of Belize (GOB) aris-
ing from Hurricane Dean. In addition,
USAID will provide emergency relief
supplies, valued at approximately
$50,000, to the Belize Red Cross for
hurricane-affected populations in north-
ern Belize. These supplies include 500
wool blankets, 1,056 hygiene kits, 100
rolls of plastic sheeting, and 5 chainsaw
kits. The total value of the assistance is
$100,000.
Hurricane Dean made landfall ap-
proximately 40 miles north of the Belize-
Mexico border as a category five storm.
According to the GOB, high winds and
heavy rains resulting from the hurricane
have caused significant damage to hous-
ing and agriculture in the northern dis-
tricts of Corozal and Orange Walk,
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may be holding a grudge that you're not
even aware of. Don't say things that
could be damaging later on. Cut loose.
You need some help this week. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19)
You will have a tendency to put on
pounds. If everyone wants to do their
own thing, let them. Get the red tape
and the unwanted paperwork out of the
way. You can get the attention of im-
portant individuals but it might not be
the time to get them to help or to back
your ideas. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Don't be shy; showyour abilities! Do
not get upset about situations you can-
not change. You can enjoy short trips.
You can make money, but try not to let
it slip through your fingers. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.


which the GOB declared disaster ar-
eas on August 21. Preliminary assess-
ments by the GOB report that the hur-
ricane damaged more than 1,500
houses, rendering approximately 2,000
people homeless in northern districts
and causing an estimated $5 million in
damage. Initial aerial estimates also in-
dicate that the storm destroyed the en-
tire export papaya crop, valued at more
than $20 million, and caused at least
$1.2 million in damage to sugar crops,
affecting the livelihoods of small farm-
ers.
On August 23, U.S. Charge
d'Affaires Leonard A. Hill declared a
disaster in Belize due to the impact of
Hurricane Dean. USAID has a two-
member emergency team in Belize
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in conjunction with the GOB's National
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Melanie Ysaguirre and Daniel Weber, both ofRochester, New York, exchanged vows of
holy matrimony at the St Thomas Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 25,2007.
Melanie is the daughter ofBelizean parents, former Customs broker Jim Ysaguirre
(ri.p.) and well-loved school teacher Zoila Carmona Ysaguirre (r.i.p.).


Independent Weekly rambling reporter William Ysaguirre sent us this image from the
deck of the 'Maid of the Mist' at the foot of the horseshoe falls at .....i .. Canada.


aspiring photographer/designer Julia Heusner did this collage of her cat, Louie.


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mal goes through-it takes a long tor-
turous time to die. I don't know how
you feel about pets but my family suf-
fered terribly over this incident. We
were saddened by the senseless cru-
elty & pain that an innocent creature had
to endure, and for what? We wondered
where the strychnine came from be-
cause it's not sold in stores for rat poi-
son anymore. Now I am wondering if
the strychnine came from the govern-
ment strychnine eradication program.
Some scamp could have stolen it or
might have been hired by one of these
towns in an "eradication" proj ect & kept


some for personal reasons.
I will be personally mailing a story
about Dee's case to the newspapers.
It's time to share the grief & reality.
Belizeans are more humane that that,
and everyone I spoke to hates the
strychnine eradication program. I in-
clude a picture of our much missed
pet and hope you as a sensible and
proud Belizean will be moved to stop
this cruel eradication.
Sincerely
Linn Wilson
Seine Bight Village
Placencia Peninsula
cc: Mayor of Belmopan


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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 1 INdependent Vol. 2 No. 34 Sunday, September 2, 2007 $1.00 Belize’s Rebel PaperTheReformer By JOHN PAIN, Associated Press MIAMI Hurricane Dean was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall since record keeping began in the 1850s, based on its central atmospheric pressure, forecasters said. The pressure in a hurricane’s eye is often used to compare storms throughout history because in the past, wind gauges were often damaged or destroyed by powerful hurricanes. Now, technology exists to more accurately measure winds, said Jamie Rhome, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center. “And the damage is caused by the wind, so that’s what most people look at,” he said. But pressure also measures strength: the lower the pressure, the greater a hurricane’s power to suck in air. A Dean 3 Dean 3 Dean 3 Dean 3 Dean 3rd rd rd rd rd most intense hurricane most intense hurricane most intense hurricane most intense hurricane most intense hurricane hurricane’s winds are blown because higher-pressure air rushes toward the lower-pressure eye to equalize the difference. Typically, the lower the pressure, the faster the air speeds in. But because of other variables in each storm, a certain pressure does not always correspond to a specific wind speed. Dean was a top-scale Category 5 storm at landfall Tuesday on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its maximum sustained winds were near 165 mph and gusts reached 200 mph. Just before landfall, a Global Positioning System device dropped from a hurricane hunter aircraft found it had a central pressure of 906 millibars, forecasters said. The only other storms that hit land with a lower pressure were the 1935 Labor Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys and Hurricane Gilbert, which hit Cancun, Mexico, in 1988, forecasters said. Gilbert caused more than 300 deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean. TheHurricane Dean’s 165mph winds blewdown trees, ripped off many rooftops and left amny families homelss in Corozal As if the damage to the north and anxiety throughout the rest of Belize from Hurricane Dean was not enough, on Wednesday Belize City was practically underwater as a tropical wave dumped torrents of rain. The Belize Met office reported that over 10 inches of rain fell in one day! More rain in one day than the previous record of 7.2 inches for the entire month of August. The drains in low-lying streets in this below sea level town just could not absorb all the water coming down so rapidly and within a matter of hours people’s homes and businesses on lower flats had water spilling over their thresholds. The Northern Highway was submerged in the usual trouble spots before the Haulover Bridge and Ladyville had a half mile stretch of flooded road, both of which threatened to make the highway virtually impassable had the rains continued unabated. Princess Margaret Drive was a river Doub Doub Doub Doub Doub le le le le le T T T T T r r r r r oub oub oub oub oub le le le le le (Please Turn To Page 10)An SUV churns up a wake as it ploughs through flood waters on Barrack Road after torrential rains on Wednesday. ANNOUNCEMENT: The Independent Publishing Co. (Belize) Limited is seeking expressions of interest in equity participation in the publishing of the weekly paper: Independent Reformer. Serious inquiries only. Please contact The General Manager, Independent Reformer Weekly and President, Independent Publishing by email at publisher@independent-newspaper -Belize.com or by phone at 664-1627. (Please Turn To Page 11)

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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 2 “Quote of the Week” Send me my FREE T-shirt with my year’s subscription of the INdependent Reformer for BZ$60.00 in Belize (US$60.00 international) INdependentReformer The Name (please print) Address Apt. City State Zip Email Address Payment Included Bill me later Prices for subscription and postage may vary for subscription outside Belize. independent.newspaper.bz@gmail.com YES! P.O. Box 2666 Belize City, Belize Comments? Suggestions? or want to share your thoughts & photos? Email us at Independent.newspaper.bz@gmail.comFor an online version of the INdependent Reformer visit us atwww.belizenorth.com OR www.belizenews.comLetters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor (Please Turn To Page 15) Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Alarmed and AshamedDear Editor, I recently received a call asking if I would donate to the relief efforts in the Corozal District. Evidently the Belizeans in the Tampa area are asking for funds so that they can ship down some bottled water and other supplies. The Belize newspapers have stories of unhappiness and some serious problems with relief supplies being distributed. It all brought back the horror stories of the hurricane Iris relief efforts in Mango Creek area and Southern Belize. The number one helpers in terms of not trying to steal anything or make a profit out of Hurricane Iris were the Mennonites. Never in my life did I see such withholding of goods and services for the poor people that needed help the most than during Iris! I was really ashamed to see the stealing of funds and material by those in charge. It appears to me that the same might happen again in regards to this distribution effort… Signed, KCStop Dog poisoningDear Editor Greetings from Seine Bight Village. I am writing in response to the strychnine eradication being planned for Belmopan 26 August. I am a Belizean, and a member of the Placencia Humane Society and I have to agree with the Belmopan Humane Society that such a practice is totally inhumane and senseless and can be handled in a more modern way that does not harm any beloved pets. The poisoned chicken will be around for days. Yes, you may kill a few strays but you will also kill pets. Most cats are not tied or leashed, plus, the poison is around for a long time after the date of poisoning, and can poison any wild creature or bird as well, not to mention a dog being walked properly on a leash—we see our own dogs gobble up garbage off the beach even when we are scolding them. They just cannot resist! My family experienced the strychnine poisoning of our beloved dog Dee in 2005. She was in our yard but someone planning a robbery threw some strychnine-laced meat into the yard that night and she ate it. We were lucky enough that a veterinarian was conducting clinic in our area the next day and we rushed her to the clinic where she had blood transfusions for about 12 hours. The strychnine had seized up her muscles and her teeth had actually clamped down so hard on her tongue that the teeth came through the other side. Her body was tensed as a rock. Everyone at the clinic was horrified and a story in our local paper Placencia Breeze was printed about this terrible incident. Our dog was saved but only lived a short 2 years before her liver gave out from the poisoning, as the veterinarian explained might happen. A few months ago this year she suffered stroke, loss of coordination and finally died, years ahead of her natural time. Dee was poisoned by strychnine and we all know the suffering an aniEditor Karla Heusner Vernon General Manager Trevor VernonDesign/Layout/ Environmental editor William G . Ysaguirrre Published by: Independent Publishing Company (of Belize) Ltd.P.O. Box 2666 Belize City, BelizeTelephones:(501)600-1627 (501)664-1627 (501)671-1964email addresses: publisher@belize-independentnewspaper.com and editor@belize-independentnewspaper.com Printed by:National Printers New Road Belize City, Belize

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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 4 Another election is coming up and the political machines are gearing up to make their pitch to a mass of people with unclear vision. The propaganda is usually so stifling that the smoke screens are layer deep. You would almost have to have a degree in political science to sift through the cesspool of cons, briberies, trickery, etc. I would like to offer one logical approach to it, a sort of a strategic voting, a sifting tool to filter all of the garbage being thrown at you. This election is going to be like a math probability, an equation so to speak. What is the Value of X and where should it go? The Value of X is easily answered….”IT IS DIRECTLY PROPOTIONAL TO ONE’S SELFWORTH”! To some people X may be valued as a swamp lot offered by a political bribe OR you can be bought for $100.00BZ, $1,000.00BZ, a political promise or favor etc. The fact of the matter is that a bribe is a criminal offence and any political W W W W W her her her her her e to put m e to put m e to put m e to put m e to put m y X y X y X y X y X candidate or their assigns’ offering you a bribe is a criminal, period! Do you want to vote for a criminal? We made that mistake already and look at the mess we are in. Taking a bribe is also a criminal act. Some people ask, “What if I take their offering but I vote against them?” Actually, that is not a criminal act as you are not giving anything (your vote) in return. Voting is a private and moral issue. You are who you are you cannot lie to yourself. When our civil servants (politicians) offer you a swamp lot (as they keep the good stuff for themselves) don’t forget that we are the ones that have empowered them to do this act by virtue of the office we have given them by the power of our vote. It is therefore part of our “constitutional right” to receive property form these civil servant ministers. THIS IS NOT THEIR PROPERTY….THIS IS OUR HERITAGE AS BELIZEANS! I truly believe that the value of X should be something with real meaning, a long term investment in your country such as the greater good of all Belizeans, the greater good for the environment, a better financial life for your children and their children, a better quality of life. Belizeans tend to have this “NOW” mentally—instant gratification and short sightedness. Politicians know this fact and they exploit you easily. They give you cash now, and they “own” you forever! Life in Belize City is like living in the past in Nazi Germany. There is a tangible taste of fear in the air. There is an absence of police, deserted streets at night, self imposed curfew, high violent crime. Keeps the people occupied with fear, depressed, poor and helpless and control is yours. The Devil operates best in chaos; I use the term Devil loosely. Yeah, but we have it all under control (Belize’s socio economic, socio ethnic, upwardly mobile and Nouveux riche)…...We have our huge concrete homes/fortresses with concrete backyards 3 stories high all dressed up with barbed wire and pit bull terriers. Locked up tight inside with all of the North American luxuries such as large colored TV, stereo, fancy furniture, expensive foods from superstores-WOW Double WOW. We have succeeded in bringing the US to us! The true fact is that we have created a beautiful JAIL for ourselves. We venture outside in our air-conditioned SUV comfort OR we say something against the Government and we could be the next victim. Watch your Back!! I feel diminished as a Belizean when I hear the saying, “They are both the same” referring to the two Political parties the PUP and the UDP. This is the type of Propaganda the PUP dishes out and feeds off. You see, this statement justifies their corruption, gives them even credibility, a level playing field so to speak. This could not be more far from the truth. I say to you: become informed before you utter and spread such ignorant statements. Become an educated Voter. Do your homework before you make that ever so precious VOTE that all those politicians are after; Research each candidate…each party’s manifesto and make an informed commitBy: Charles L. Payne (Please Turn To Page 9) Mista, pleez fu Mista, pleez fu Mista, pleez fu Mista, pleez fu Mista, pleez fu som money fu buy som money fu buy som money fu buy som money fu buy som money fu buy medicine fu mi medicine fu mi medicine fu mi medicine fu mi medicine fu mi picnee paina picnee paina picnee paina picnee paina picnee paina belly? belly? belly? belly? belly? It’s not about need! It’s all about GREED!!! It’s not about need! It’s all about GREED!!! It’s not about need! It’s all about GREED!!! It’s not about need! It’s all about GREED!!! It’s not about need! It’s all about GREED!!!

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 5 ... just grumbling and fighting and backstabbing as usual. Greedy choke puppy problems. So typical. So expected. Could never happen to us By: Karla Heusner V ernon When Belizeans saw the images of Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, saw their poverty and frustration when they tried to get aid, we told ourselves that would never happen here. We believed, as poor as so many of us are, that the rest would pitch in and help if a hurricane destroyed one of our cities or towns, devastated our countryside villages. We were sure our government would mobilize its resources faster than they did in Lousiana. After all our country is so small. Surely we no one would suffer as they had back in the “old days,” after Hattie, after 1931. Belize is so much more modern, up-to-date, well connected, internally and externally. Right? From the pleas coming from Corozal district residents, perhaps not. We have been astonished and astounded to hear and see villagers begging for water, food, building materials. We knew GOB was essentially broke, but somehow convinced ourselves there was some reserve money set aside in the treasury for emergencies, not just stashed away for elections or in politicians’ offshore accounts. We believed, deep down, that there was some remnant of decency in the indecent ones….. But apparently there was no money to fix the shelters BEFORE the storm (although where it went will likely remain a mystery only the IDB and others may attempt to solve), no money for fuel for evacuation by bus, and no ready money for water and rations afterwards. There couldn’t have been, or it would not have taken three or four days for it all to begin trickling towards the desperate. Almost a week for government grants and loans to come on stream. Perhaps it was an emergency dispersal from USAID, a western union from Taiwan or Guatemala. Although, to be fair, there were personal contributions from some local leaders; not the ones we expected, who act as if they have the north under control, their personal fiefdoms, but others who took the time and commitment seriously to go there in person. There was a host of nongovernmental and private enterprises and volunteer groups who took on the job of relief and rebuilding. The BDF, even prisoners from Kolbe, were seconded for clean-up duty. A casino in the Free Zone helped provide water, PACT and others water and ice. Much has been made of the tribal politics interfering with the distribution, of conflicts between NEMO and local government. What a sad, sorry commentary on our maturity as a country. A pathetic comparison to our neighbors across the border who are able to join hands and rise above party differences to save lives, prevent children from going hungry or getting sick. Why did our government not open soup kitchens immediately like the Mexicans? Why did we not see community work brigades organized from a higher level? Instead it was just grumbling and fighting and backstabbing as usual. Greedy choke puppy problems. So typical. So expected. For like so many of our citizens who do save for a rainy day, our government spends money like there is no tomorrow. Refusing to learn the lessons of so many near misses. Prodigal sons all. And come September those of us who panicked at our lack of cash to get ready for Dean will not go to the bank or credit union and set aside some pay for the next disaster. No, no, we will spend it on bling and blang for the celebrations. Buy rum with the money we said we did not have for powdered milk, tins of corned beef and candles. Come Christmas we will spend lavishly for fancy lacy curtains for windows we bawled we had no money to protect with plywood. We will shamelessly festoon our spouses and sweethearts and children with gold, just weeks after we cried we had no cash to put these people we say we love on a plane or boat or bus and move them to higher ground. And during the General Elections? Why, all those politicians who slapped away the hands of the people seeking water and food will readily grease their palms with money for votes. Convinced some chunk of zinc whopped their victim in the head so hard he or she does not remember how they were forced to live like animals so that others could live like princes. Believe they will be so grateful for the “grant” they received to rebuild their humble home they will give their lifelong loyalty to the Patron who patronized them so… Come next June we will still not have our boxes of supplies and bottled water, no chunk of change set aside for rebuilding, no insurance for our home and its contents. We too will be as broke as our government… and go begging for lodging and assistance. For we all seem to believe we are a charmed people, living in a good country, blessed by the gods. By June we will forget that back in August so many of our people were lined up in the hot sun and sleeping in rain filled homes, as deprived of food and water and shelter as those Americans up in New Orleans after Katrina. Belizeans, our Belizeans, not strangers or foreigners but people WE are responsible for. The saddest part of all this is, Belize will not learn anything yet again. We will continue to expose thousands more men and women and children all across this land to this same fate again next year…. Continuing to believe, despite all the twisted zinc and downed trees and ruined crop evidence, that true suffering could never happen to us. That somehow, someway, someone will have us covered. That neither we, nor our government, have any need to set anything aside for the next rainy day and wind filled night. 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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 6 People’s National Party leader Will Mehia has adopted Toledo People’s Eco Park Plan for the official PNP strategy and action plan for the sustainable development of the Toledo District. Mehia has been involved with the formation of the Eco park plan for many years, beginning when he was Director of TIDE, Toledo’s largest conversation/ development origination. He authorized TIDE’s staff to attend the Eco-park planning meetings, which led in March of 2003 to their signing what Dr. Palacio, General Manger of the Toledo Development Corporation, who drafted the M.O.U. , called a “historic document”. For the first time in Toledo’s history that representatives of all the elected political leaders-rural and urban-the Toledo Civil Society, the major cultural, conservation and development organizations including the USA Peace Corps signed in support of the further development of the Toledo People’s Eco Park Plan. Mehia said “the Eco park is truly the way to go if we in Toledo are going to keep the economic benefits of our rich natural resources and be able to develop them for own people”. Will further stated that “the Eco Park is the way to guarantee that the resources of Toledo are developed in sustainable ways “PUP fails to run with the ball, “PUP fails to run with the ball, “PUP fails to run with the ball, “PUP fails to run with the ball, “PUP fails to run with the ball, PNP picks it up to score” PNP picks it up to score” PNP picks it up to score” PNP picks it up to score” PNP picks it up to score” so they will be there for our children. The success of the Eco Park could serve as a model for the rest of Belize. In all fairness to RT. Hon. Prime Minster Said Musa, he has also been supporting and recommending the Eco park for many years now. In February 2000 he sent Martin Enriquez, Chairman of the Punta Gorda Conservation Committee the urban of the Eco park plan a letter of support stating, “I wish to confirm my support for the Punta Gorda Conservation Committee. I cannot underscore enough the importance of protecting the rich flora and fauna of the area to which I known your organization is fully committed our government shares this vision of eco tourism development for the south”. Again in March of 2004, he sent Mr. Richard Thorpe, a distinguished planner and volunteer for the eco park working team, a letter of support where he said ‘I am as anxious as you are to see what need to be done to implement the eco park plan for Toledo. As you so rightly note democracies work only if all kinds of residents get working and take some responsibility”. The most recent support was on Friday 12 July at a public meeting of the PUP at the sports center in Punta Gorda Town. The PM told a huge crowd of nearly a thousand citizens of Toledo that he supported the eco Tourism plan and had directed the new Minister of Land and Natural Resources to help the project and recommend it to PACT for support. Minister Mike Espat, Area Representative for Toledo East, told me the Prime Minster had told the Cabinet that he wanted support for the Eco Park at their last meeting. While we all are sincerely grateful for the support Prime Minister Musa has attempted to get for our eco park and the many poor people who support it, the fact is it’s been more than seven years since his first letter of support, four years since his second letter and over two months since his last and there has been no support offered from the Minister of Tourism Godfrey Smith, who appears to only be interested in the big plans for the wealthy. Minister Mes, Area of Representative for Toledo West, as far as we in Toledo know, has no plans for our development. Minister Mike Espat, Area Representive for Toledo East and Chairman of the failed board of the T.D.C has shown no knowledge of the eco-park plan or interest in supporting our people’s, or our Prime Minister’s wishes. In fact, if our Area Representative had truly helped with the pilot project for the eco park back in 2003 when M.O.U. was signed most people here believe we could have eliminated a lot of poverty in Toledo by now. The saddest fact is that while both our Area Representatives refused to help the people of Toledo to develop the potential for eco tourism that Toledo has, they have no plan of their own to help our poor people. They appear to only have plans for the rich foreigners who are rapidly taking advantage of the many opportunities. No wonder the last survey taken in Toledo shows that over one third of our people are ready for a third party! No doubt Will Mehia and the PNP will win a lot of votes by taking the Toledo people’s Eco Park as their development plan. The PUP have dropped the ball. Power to all the people. One of Hurricane Dean’s victims was the Port Costa Maya cruise ship terminal near the village of Mahahual, Mexico. The cruise ship docking pier was at least 50% destroyed, and the village of 300 people, established just to serve the cruise ships, was wiped out, although thanks to a required evacuation there was no loss of life. Bad news for Mahahual could be good news for Belize’s cruise tourism industry. It’s expected that some cruise ship operators will replace Costa Maya with stops in either Belize City or Roatan, while others will stay longer in Cozumel or reroute to other parts of the Caribbean. Some 300 ships docked at Costa Maya in 2006, with about Costa Maya’s bad for Costa Maya’s bad for Costa Maya’s bad for Costa Maya’s bad for Costa Maya’s bad for tune may tune may tune may tune may tune may spell temporar spell temporar spell temporar spell temporar spell temporar y increase in y increase in y increase in y increase in y increase in Belize cruise tourism Belize cruise tourism Belize cruise tourism Belize cruise tourism Belize cruise tourism By: Lan SluderMexico’s second largest cruise port, opened just six years ago at Costa Maya on the southern Yucatan Peninsula, was severely damamged by Hurricane Dean and will be closed for repairs at least until mid-2008, a Costa Maya spokesman said Wednesday. Dean made landfall at the port Tuesday morning as a Category 5 hurricane. About half of the port’s infrastructure, including the cruise ship pier, was damaged. Repairs will take an estimated six to eight months and cost millions of dollars, officials said. Hur Hur Hur Hur Hur ricane dama ricane dama ricane dama ricane dama ricane dama g g g g g e c e c e c e c e c loses loses loses loses loses Costa Ma Costa Ma Costa Ma Costa Ma Costa Ma y y y y y a cr a cr a cr a cr a cr uise por uise por uise por uise por uise por t t t t t The port opened in 2001 with a pier that could accommodate three cruise ships and a 70,000 square foot shopping and entertainment complex and grew quickly in popularity. Last year it hosted more than half a million cruise passengers. Most of the major cruise lines make port calls at Costa Maya, about 150 miles south of Cancun and just north of the Belize border. As of Wednesday, neither Carnival nor Royal Caribbean, two of the port’s most frequent users, had decided on an alternate port.--Miami Herald 600,000 passengers from around a dozen cruise ship lines, including Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and others. It is the Mexican Caribbean’s second-busiest cruise port, after Cozumel. It is expected to take at least six months to rebuild the cruise terminal. The number of cruise ships and passengers visiting Belize has been declining since its peak in 2004 of around 850,000; cruise ship passengers at Belize City totaled 656,000 in 2006, although the first few months of 2007 saw an increase over the same period in 2006. (You can read more about Belizean tourism by Lan Sluder by going to www.belizefirst.com)The Costa Maya port at Majahual before Hurricane Dean. By: William Schmidt PG correspondent for INdependent W eekly

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 7 By: Ray Auxillou (Swing V oter) W W W W W ho to v ho to v ho to v ho to v ho to v ote f ote f ote f ote f ote f or? or? or? or? or? Part 1Like many of you, I donÂ’t know who to vote for. By chance, I caught a Channel 5 news program on TV Thursday night. It covered the National Health Insurance issues, the tour of the Prime Minister in the Toledo District. Following this was a story on CARICOM and the $5 billion food importation bill in foreign exchange, experienced collectively by CARICOM countries. Then there was the new extended airport review, which was quite well explained, by Minister Godfrey Smith, I believe. All good issues to discuss with a coming election for a new government in Belize. I am as yet undecided. But here is what I do know: the PUP advertising documentary program covering the Toledo Tour of the Prime Minister is designed of course to get votes. Perfectly legitimate use of party campaign monies. Over the past ten years, Musa has taken it to heart to see that the Toledo District got more attention from government departments and services. That impressed me greatly. From his commercial documentary, I was counting the things his PUP had done for the Toledo District in the last five years. There is a school building done in the coastal village of Barranco. WasnÂ’t that built by the US Army or something? There were a couple of foundation posts being dug for a future bridge to connect the village of Crique Sarco with the rest of the country. It hadnÂ’t been built yet though and probably will never be in the immediate future. There has been a lot in the newspapers and on this PUP documentary about land titles for Toledo residents. That might be impressive as an accomplishment, but I donÂ’t know how much is hype and bombast and how much is reality. ItÂ’s hard enough getting titles to land in the Cayo District. I canÂ’t imagine it will be easier in the Toledo District. All in all, the documentary was interesting for scenery as a travelogue, but not very informative for vote getting. With the PUP National Debt crisis being what it is, I havenÂ’t really expected too much of anything, so what has no t happened in Toledo, I donÂ’t find too distressing. I can understand a nation in debt and the choices one must make. Where it becomes confusing is when the paucity of development in Toledo is contrasted with the Universal Health Care Hospital fiasco. A total debt cost that will, at 17% interest, cost us taxpayers another $120 million, the Opposition say, before it is over and if the PUP get elected for next term. Street people tell me there are no investors for this private hospital and the announcement of same, was just a political gambit to take a bad publicity issue off the election campaigning table, until the PUP win again. On the other hand, some newspapers are saying that Ashcroft and his Belize Bank can see the writing on the wall and he is going to London arbitration, to make the PUP Government pay up, based on MusaÂ’s assigning responsibility to us taxpayers. Or really make the debt legal somehow, since there is a question of the legality of MusaÂ’s unilateral action without Cabinet and Legislative authorization, binding on the next elected government, before the PUP leave office? We can only await developments on that one! The original loan was with the DFC and this institution is supposed to go bankrupt and thus negate the Belize Bank loan. They should get pennies on the dollar, like any bankruptcy creditor. I donÂ’t care about MusaÂ’s ego here; this loan is not a valid taxpayer obligation! Stewart Krohn for Channel 5, a PUP leaning station most of the time, did ask some questions on the NHI medical service issue that had been puzzling me. Belizeans will have to pay $10 for service at the doctors and give their social security number. The rest of their medical services via private for profit referral doctors will be paid for by the government. This just doesnÂ’t ring true! When pressed by TV interviewer Krohn, Minister Coye said the oil income would pay for medical services through a special fund, added to GovernmentÂ’s deductions from revenues for medical service. This definitely sounded fishy to me. How can they pay medical service with oil money and canÂ’t pay the landowners their oil royalties? The small oil field was only supposed to last two years and time is fast running outÂ… Other quasi experts (Please turn to Page 8) FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALET T T T T O O O O O Y Y Y Y Y O O O O O T T T T T A RA A RA A RA A RA A RA V4 V4 V4 V4 V4Black Sports Utility Vehicle Year 2000 4 Speed Automatic Transmission with Overdrive 4 Cylinder Engine 2.4 Liter Gasoline Fuel 4 Doors Power Windows, Mirrors, Door Locks and Sun Roof Air Conditioning CD Player AlarmContact: Carmen at 610-0660

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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 8 Secretary General ofthe Organisation of American States (OAS), Dr. José Miguel Insulza, has named Pamela Coke Hamilton, first female and first Jamaican national, as the new director of the Department of Trade, Tourism and Competitiveness (DTTC), effective August 1. In her new job, Pamela Coke Hamilton will seek to bolster and support the efforts of the OAS memberstates to expand trade opportunities, increase competitiveness and foster economic integration throughout the Americas. The division also focuses on tourism development, which is a crucial area of importance for the CARICOM member-states of the OAS. The department also seeks to strengthen and enhance the contribution of this critical OAS names Jamaican director, OAS names Jamaican director, OAS names Jamaican director, OAS names Jamaican director, OAS names Jamaican director, Department of Trade & Tourism Department of Trade & Tourism Department of Trade & Tourism Department of Trade & Tourism Department of Trade & Tourism the Sir Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law Policy and Services, which has conducted numerous capacity-building exercises for CARICOM member-states, including training trade policy analysts for a programme aimed at developing trade negotiating capacity within Commonwealth states. An attorney by profession, Mrs. Coke Hamilton has had a long career in trade policy and trade negotiations at the national, regional and international levels. She previously served as a trade negotiator for the Government of Jamaica in both Geneva and Washington, and was the Free Trade Area of the Americas coordinator for CARICOM’s Regional Negotiating Machinery. -the Jamaica Gleaner sector to the overall regional thrust to increase employment and to realise higher and more sustainable levels of economic growth and prosperity within the Caribbean. Mrs. Coke Hamilton currently holds the position of Principal Trade Specialist with the OAS, with specific responsibility for CARICOM trade capacitybuilding. In addition, since July 2004, she has spearheaded, under a cooperative agreement between the OAS and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, the establishment of the Masters in International T rade Policy (MITP) programme, which is now an internationally recognised programme for training of trade policy specialists. Capacity-building exercises She has also served as the director of W W W W W ho to v ho to v ho to v ho to v ho to v ote f ote f ote f ote f ote f or? or? or? or? or? say that while gas pressure may decline, there might be lower production volume of oil over another ten or fifteen years, but never again at the rate the oil is flowing right now and soon to slow down. Any oil revenues are going to drop off any month now? There are no other oil finds, at least not that I’ve heard of. Trinidad just had some of their gas field run dry and have no more natural gas, just as an example of what can happen. NHI, as touted by the PUP, sounds like some sort of copy cat deal from some other country. I don’t see it working for long, at $10 co-payment for poor people. Forty years ago I had to pay government $50 co-payment for the birth of each of my daughters in the Belize City hospital by the waterside. How could it be less now? So the whole NHI thing is confusing. PUP Health Minister Coye has said he doesn’t think the Social Security should pay for it. I agree with that! I’d hate for the PUP to break the Social Security Fund like they did the DFC. Another e-mail writer stated that Social Security has funded the present NHI pilot project in South Side and lent their Social Security staff to the running of it. Yet, the PUP have announced they will be expanding the NHI project as a done deal, prior to the election and NHI will be established elsewhere in the nation before then. (Sound like one of those election campaign gimmicks?) Yet PUP Health Minister Coye has said the Cabinet does not know how they are going to pay for it. General Revenue fund has no money. They cannot even fix our streets up here in Santa Elena town, or elsewhere in the country for lack of money. Social Security has money if we wish to bleed that dry. Which apparently is the way they are doing it now. How can you implement a project as huge as this without knowing how to pay for it? In other health news, it seems District Hospitals will now be called Polyclinics. Which means what? Far as I can see, these district hospitals are now going to be emergency field dressing stations and transporting all serious cases to Belmopan via ambulance. If you die because of delays, or time spent on the road, too bad. Apparently from the descriptive newspaper articles, Belmopan hospital is a TRIAGE station, meaning they call your loved ones to pick up your dead body, or they stick another fresh IV in your arm and shoot you off to the center of ALL emergency health care, which will be in the port Belize City by another fresh ambulance. Do you go to KHMH, or do you go to this new MUSA funded $120 million expensive rich folks hospital called UHS? If you go to UHS, who pays and what is going to happen to KHMH? Is that just another Polyclinic now for referrals? What happens to current medical funding? Does it go into a new fund, to pay UHS for emergencies? Or private doctors who will rapidly be setting up their own private for profit diagnostic clinics to suck Social Security Medical funding program dry? Some doctors will now form partnerships obviously and become polyclinics of their own and specialists, so they can have the General Practitioner look at you, then double charge you to go see his stockholder buddy as a Specialist referral. There are so many ways to rip off the government taxpayer…. The medical profession is as greedy as any other group of people. Can you imagine the flurry of tests you will have to get done, and expert doctor referrals to treat a simple flu, by a batch of private get rich quick scam artist doctors (a common medical scam by doctors in the USA). Anywhere else they did this system, like the USA; it broke, or is breaking the government treasury. It sure sounds like the public slander asking Musa how much stock he had in NHS might have some foundation, here? A private hospital venture, getting a $120 million cost free government debt guarantee? One can see if the NHI referral program was planned to feed customers to the Universal Health Services at their alleged $10,000 a day costs, how somebody was going to ruin Social Security and the government general revenues. Another plunder and looting debacle on the horizon, it looks like to me… On the other hand, one reads all the time in the newspapers how government creditors can’t get paid anyway. I can’t imagine UHS cashiers taking treasury vouchers that won’t be honored. I’ve still got a 32 year old Treasury Voucher I’ve spent more money than it’s worth, trying to collect on it, several times over. I keep meaning to frame it and put it on the wall to remind me NEVER to take a government treasury voucher under the PUP. Or can you imagine doctors waiting either and they will have to quadruple their fees to hustle the insurance collection expenses from the treasury. Can’t you just picture a $10 copayment mother of premature triplets running up five months in special medical care units and $4 million dollars in medical bills at UHS and multiply that scenario by 50,000 medical customers. It won’t take long to break the government AGAIN! The system we have, or had, is superior to NHI. More of the issues of interest to swing voters like myself next week! (Continued From Page 7) Now available Get your Free Gift of an Independent Reformer Weekly t-shirt when you buy a year’s subscription to the paper. (Part 2 in next week’s issue)Pamela Coke Hamilton

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 9 FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALEOne 28 footer, 8-foot beam, licensed for 24 passengers, fishing or passenger, live wellAsking $27,000 By Oonagh Blackman, Political Editor 27/08/2007 David Cameron (PA) David Cameron was yesterday accused of losing his grip on the party after allowing an offshore billionaire to control the Tories’ election campaign. Controversial Lord Ashcroft has taken over a large office at party HQ to oversee strategy in target areas. The peer, with extensive business interests in tax haven Belize , is pumping cash from one of his investment firms into chosen marginal seats. But senior Tories are alarmed he is developing a rival power base to their floundering leader’s despite being unelected and unaccountable. Opposition parties claimed it was a clear sign of Mr Cameron’s growing weakness. Labour whip Tom Watson said: “Cameron seems to be letting Ashcroft take more power while he increasingly loses his grip on the leadership. “For some months Cameron has shown he can’t run the party and the old guard are taking it back.” Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott added: “The Tories are still taking money from Michael Ashcroft despite the controversy over his offshore situation, which is absolutely outrageous. “How can Cameron claim to be socially responsible when he is letSecretive lord runs Tory vote ting him increase his own alternative power base?” Lord Ashcroft, who has dual citizenship of the UK and Belize , has given the party more than £10million. But he has drawn flak for his commercial dealings in the Central American country and the fact that he was made a peer in 2000 without permanently living in Britain and paying full income tax. He also has close links to the Turks and Caicos Islands , another tax haven for the super-rich. The tycoon, a former party treasurer, has previously shown his willingness to defy Tory leaders. In 2004 he clashed with Michael Howard when he insisted his £2million donation support specific candidates rather than the national campaign. There is mounting speculation Gordon Brown could call an election as early as October. Lord Ashcroft, in a sign of his growing influence in the party, emailed activists last week urging them to keep him informed of their campaigns. The note said his team was on election alert and that a “Field Campaigning Department” had been set up to oversee the blitz on target seats. He added: “Over the coming weeks we will be producing a range of campaign materials but I wanted to outline a few particular priority services.” ment to vote! The PUP has laid down a legacy of corruption. They were given a second chance by the Belizean Pe ople….they even Promised attacking corruption on their pulpit acceptance speech for their second “MERRY-GOROUND.”The corruption actually increased a hundred fold. In the United States, a President can only serve two terms. If he turns out to be a bad apple for the country, he can only do so much damage and he is gone for god. Besides, it keeps them from entrenching and getting too much POWER. Great Wisdom. We should adopt it sometime. The UDP needs to be on top of their game and remain resilient if they are to win this election. They make good managers of our economy and Lord knows we need to get our economy back in order. No political party is perfect, but as reasonable intelligent Belizeans, we have seen both parties performances in the past and can judge for ourselves without the influences of propaganda. WHO SHOULD I VOTE FOR? Let’s examine the situation. The PUP…not an option! Unless if you are a PUP. Too difficult to penetrate that kevlar armor. I won’t even try. Too much entrenched brainwashing, indoctrination, bribes, hand-outs, partybashes, material greed and just plain old needy. These robots will only vote PUP even if the sky was to fall on them. The Independent Candidates…..in my humble opinion, although it is clearly democracy at work and I respect them and love their courage, I do not believe that they are ready for 2008 Not equipped, not experienced, not organized, not financed, not well known and no established manifesto. The only viable option I see is the UDP. I also see a clear and present danger that the independent candidates will no doubt take valuable votes away from the only true adversary the PUP has. Political history at home and abroad has shown that independents, although well intended, have not yielded much success. Those redirected votes will hurt the UDP; as those are the votes most likely to come from leery and weary voters who are fed up with “poly-tricks” as a whole. Other votes that are up for grabs are from new immigrants (you can bet that PUP has them well tied up) and the uninformed and the undecided. This situation could conceivably give the PUP a chance towards a minority victory. Let’s not take our eyes off the real prize: “TO CHANGE THIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENT”! I believe that at least under a UDP administration the Independents can forge ahead… on a fair playing field, with no threats of violence, putting fort their agendas and becoming a bona fide and credible political force to be reckoned with in the following election. Meaningful change usually comes slowly and caution is in the wind to quick unprepared changes. This change will bring Belize into a MultiPolitical Party system with more checks and balances, which is good for the country, bringing us closer to that elusive imaginary figment called Democracy. Do you know where your X Belongs? I do! W W W W W her her her her her e to put m e to put m e to put m e to put m e to put m y X y X y X y X y X (Continued From Page 4)

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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 10 Visit The Belize Zoo The Best Little Zoo In The World#1 Lake Gardens, Ladyville $400 a month Call Dr Noelia Medina at 600-2574 House for Rent and Freetown Road was more like a canal in Venice with vehicles passing each other like boats creating a wake behind them. Small cars, even some pickups and vans stalled and were abandoned by their drivers. Pedestrians waded in knee-deep water trying to reach home. Schools all across the city were dismissed by 2 pm and many offices sent their employees home well before five to allow them time to secure their families and premises. The Belize City Council reopened several hurricane shelters and advised residents of Belama phases 3 and 4 to evacuate. However, it seems the waters began to subside, or people were reluctant to leave and no one took the city council up on their offer. Forecasters had predicted another 24 to 36 hours of rain, but strangely it did not appear and fortunately too, for Belize City would have had some serious difficulties if it had. On Thursday, much of the water had receded but many homeowners were Doub Doub Doub Doub Doub le le le le le T T T T T r r r r r oub oub oub oub oub le le le le le (Continued From Page 1)Cars and trucks looked more like boats on Freetown Road in Belize City at the height of the rains. Boledo buyers stood in water up to their ankles at this neighborhood shop. A motorcycle looked more like jet ski on North Front Street. (Please turn to page 11)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 11 HOUSE FOR SALE HOUSE FOR SALE HOUSE FOR SALE HOUSE FOR SALE HOUSE FOR SALEBy Owner +Exclusive Ladyville nighborhood +Quiet cul-de-sac in close knit, security +conscious community +Two bedrooms, two bath +Newly constructed home office/ sunporch +Fully tiled, laundryroom, +vat, generous yard, +fully fenced 6Â’ high Perfect for young family or retireesAsking US$75,000Contact Independent Weekly Many schools in the Corozal District were not spared by Hurricane Dean but have proved to be resilient in times of reverse entropy. Despite the great loss, schools made every attempt to bring life to normality for their wind battered students today. One such school is the agriculturally based High School, the St. Viator Vocational High School, which lies about 1.5 Miles beyond Chunox Village, on the Sarteneja Road, in the Corozal District. The school may have been irreversibly kept back in itÂ’s aspirations to reach out to students in the information technology area. The High School lost five Windows XP based computers to moisture. (Some five sheets of zinc were blown offfrom the SchoolÂ’s roof.) The School was also hit in the agricultural area, losing some fifty chicken layers. Also lost were about five thousand dollars worth of seedlings. The good news is that the school now has fresh water; as it has a back-up water High School in Corozal High School in Corozal High School in Corozal High School in Corozal High School in Corozal opens Doors despite opens Doors despite opens Doors despite opens Doors despite opens Doors despite major set-backs major set-backs major set-backs major set-backs major set-backs tank. Principal Patrociana Cho ( Tel: 420-2031) is confident that better conditions will come with time. 1935 hurricane was responsible for more than 400 deaths in the Keys, primarily among World War I veterans working on a highway connecting the island chain to the mainland. Only eight other Category 5 storms have been known to hit land in the Atlantic basin, including Gilbert, the 1935 hurricane, Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Andrew had top sustained winds of 165 mph at landfall. It was the second-most expenDean 3 Dean 3 Dean 3 Dean 3 Dean 3rd rd rd rd rd most intense hurricane most intense hurricane most intense hurricane most intense hurricane most intense hurricane sive hurricane in U.S. history, after Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Wilma is the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded in terms of pressure: It was at 882 millibars when it was in the Caribbean before it weakened ahead of landfall in the Yucatan. The lowest pressure ever recorded in a tropical cyclone was 870 millibars in Typhoon Tip in the northwest Pacific Ocean in 1979. (Continued From Page 1) Doub Doub Doub Doub Doub le le le le le T T T T T r r r r r oub oub oub oub oub le le le le le (Continued From Page 10)left to mop out and try to dry their furniture and other belongings. The bad weather could almost be described as a freak storm for although the weather bureau had warned the public of the wave, their personnel admitted none of the computer modules predicted such a heavy downpour, most forecasting only 2-4 inches, not the 10 inches which actually fell. Many Belizeans joked the storm brought the rain they had expected from Hurricane Dean, but the volume of water on city streets and the northern highway was no laughing matter. Just a sobering reminder of vulnerable Belize City remains and how quickly conditions can deteriorate, catching thousands off guard and unprepared.Barrack Road looked more like the Belize River.

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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 12 T een ly Page ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) You must avoid gossip and focus on what you have to do. Listen to the complaints of others. A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. Recognition can be yours if you present your ideas and stand behind your beliefs. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. T AURUS (Apr. 21may 21) Social activity should be on your agenda this week. Your lack of attention may have been a factor. You can buy or sell if youÂ’re so inclined. Try not to let your emotions interfere with the completion of your work. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your own small business on the side sounds pretty lucrative. You need to make your environment a better place, with more comforts and a better entertainment center. Your position may be in question if you havenÂ’t been pulling your weight. Be careful what you consume this week. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Short trips will be educational. DonÂ’t be too quick to judge partners or those you work with. Be careful; you may upset someone you live with if you donÂ’t consult with them. Update and review your personal investments. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You should check out prestigious clubs or groups that have a cause you believe in. YouÂ’ll look guilty if you donÂ’t lay your cards on the table. This may not be your day if you are overly melodramatic and unnerving everyone around you. Secret affairs could cause upset. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes, and if youÂ’re gullible, it may cost you. You will be popular and will easily attract members of the opposite sex. Take care of chores that have been hanging over your head. Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may have difficulties with foreigners. Try not to allow your partner to lead you astray or upset your routine. You can make changes to your domestic scene that will benefit all who reside there. YouÂ’ll find it easy to meet new people. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) This will not be the best day to try to push your ideas or concerns. You may cause a fuss if you come on too strongly in public. Self improvement projects should be your key concern. Deception in your home is evident. DonÂ’t beat around the bush. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. SAGITT ARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your ability to take hold of a situation will surely bring you popularity and leadership. Over spending or unexpected bills could set you back. Try to be there for someone if they need assistance. Keep tabs on your spending. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Keep calm. Someone around you is bouncing off the walls. Secret enemies (Please Turn To Page 15)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 13 may be holding a grudge that you’re not even aware of. Don’t say things that could be damaging later on. Cut loose. You need some help this week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will have a tendency to put on pounds. If everyone wants to do their own thing, let them. Get the red tape and the unwanted paperwork out of the way. You can get the attention of important individuals but it might not be the time to get them to help or to back your ideas. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don’t be shy; show your abilities! Do not get upset about situations you cannot change. You can enjoy short trips. You can make money, but try not to let it slip through your fingers. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. (Continued From Page 12) WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will provide $50,000 to support the relief efforts of the Government of Belize (GOB) arising from Hurricane Dean. In addition, USAID will provide emergency relief supplies, valued at approximately $50,000, to the Belize Red Cross for hurricane-affected populations in northern Belize. These supplies include 500 wool blankets, 1,056 hygiene kits, 100 rolls of plastic sheeting, and 5 chainsaw kits. The total value of the assistance is $100,000. Hurricane Dean made landfall approximately 40 miles north of the BelizeMexico border as a category five storm. According to the GOB, high winds and heavy rains resulting from the hurricane have caused significant damage to housing and agriculture in the northern districts of Corozal and Orange Walk, US helps Belize after US helps Belize after US helps Belize after US helps Belize after US helps Belize after Hurricane Dean Hurricane Dean Hurricane Dean Hurricane Dean Hurricane Dean which the GOB declared disaster areas on August 21. Preliminary assessments by the GOB report that the hurricane damaged more than 1,500 houses, rendering approximately 2,000 people homeless in northern districts and causing an estimated $5 million in damage. Initial aerial estimates also indicate that the storm destroyed the entire export papaya crop, valued at more than $20 million, and caused at least $1.2 million in damage to sugar crops, affecting the livelihoods of small farmers. On August 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Leonard A. Hill declared a disaster in Belize due to the impact of Hurricane Dean. USAID has a twomember emergency team in Belize which has assessed and identified needs in conjunction with the GOB’s National Emergency Management Organization, and U.S. Embassy staff have conducted aerial assessments utilizing U.S. military helicopters. Hurricane dean affected homes in Corozal and Orange Walk, flattened cane fields and papaya plantations and uprooted numerous trees.

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Read Independent Online at http://belizenews.com/independent or http://tinyurl.com/245dpp Page 14Guest Galler Guest Galler Guest Galler Guest Galler Guest Galler y y y y y IW Reader Karol Valecillo on a recent trip to Egypt Independent Weekly’s rambling reporter William Ysaguirre sent us this image from the deck of the ‘Maid of the Mist’ at the foot of the horseshoe falls at Niagara, Canada. The Maid of the Mist IV is one of several vessels which carry visitors to Niagara right up to the base of the horseshoe falls, the better to appreciate the magnificence of the falls.. If you have any photos you would like to share with Independent readers in our Guest Gallery, send your digital jpg or tiff images to karlavernon_belize@yahoo.com. Melanie Ysaguirre and Daniel Weber, both of Rochester, New York, exchanged vows of holy matrimony at the St Thomas Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 25,2007. Melanie is the daughtter of Belizean parents, former Customs broker Jim Ysaguirre (r.i.p.) and well-loved school teacher Zoila Carmona Ysaguirre (r.i.p.). aspiring photographer/designer Julia Heusner did this collage of her cat, Louie. Strange sight: a gas truck 100 yds from shore. (courtesy San Pedro Sun)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 The INdependent Reformer Page 15 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor (Continued From Page 1)Needed: Mountain Bike Tour Operator wanted in Cayo with equipment. Tel: 663-5580 Cayo Adventure Tours Ph# 824-324 Need help with cleaning, ironing, painting or other household chores at your Ladyville home? Then call me at 624-3652. Reasonable rates, mature female. “Free international real estate and investment blog and podcast. Go to http:// investtheworld.blogspot.com as we travel the world for fun, investment and profit.” For Rent: A (2) bedroom flat located in King’s Park, Belize City $800/month One commercial building (4 offices, conference room, reception area) in King’s Park $1800.00/month Computers $800/each Call: 2231668/602-9182 Free Ads! The INdependent Reformer is you your first classified ad with us free of charge! After that only $10 per advert per issue. Ads must be: 1) 20 words or less 2) photo must be jpeg or tiff formats only. Must be emailed, no disk pickup or drop off 3) business card –first run is free 2007, $20 a run thereafter 4) All classified ads must be emailed to independent. newspaper . bz@gmail . com with cc to kheusner@yahoo. com and checks to PO Box 2666, Belize City. Please note: We must receive your ad by Friday at mid-day for inclusion in following Tuesday issue. INdependent Classifieds mal goes through—it takes a long torturous time to die. I don’t know how you feel about pets but my family suffered terribly over this incident. We were saddened by the senseless cruelty & pain that an innocent creature had to endure, and for what? We wondered where the strychnine came from because it’s not sold in stores for rat poison anymore. Now I am wondering if the strychnine came from the government strychnine eradication program. Some scamp could have stolen it or might have been hired by one of these towns in an “eradication” project & kept some for personal reasons. I will be personally emailing a story about Dee’s case to the newspapers. It’s time to share the grief & reality. Belizeans are more humane that that, and everyone I spoke to hates the strychnine eradication program. I include a picture of our much missed pet and hope you as a sensible and proud Belizean will be moved to stop this cruel eradication. Sincerely Linn Wilson Seine Bight Village Placencia Peninsula cc: Mayor of BelmopanA fond farewell to Charles Woods Sr, an avid reader of Independent Weekly, who left this earth so suddenly and sadly. Thank you Mr. Charles for sharing your perspective with the editor over the years for her column and book. Condolences from the staff of Independent Weekly to the Woods Family, especially Silvana and Jackie and their wonderful children. “Listen”By Giselle O’Brien Can you hear it? It’s called silence It happens when we all stop And we listen... Listen to the trees And the rustle of their leaves Listen to the river As it runs into the seas Listen to the birds And the shuffle of their wings Listen to the insects And the midnight song they sing Listen Do you hear it? It’s called silence It happens when we stop And we listen... Listen to our elders And the wise beneath their words Listen to the young ones And their ideas so absurd Poet’s Corner Poet’s Corner Poet’s Corner Poet’s Corner Poet’s Corner Announcement of Sale of BusinessThis article is to give notice that the business known as C@fé Caye operating at 12 Burns Ave, San Ignacio, Cayo District is under contract for sale. Completion of sale to take place 28th August 2007. Any persons or businesses who believe they have outstanding accounts to be paid from said business should contact; Rainforest Realty, PO Box 195, San Ignacio, Cayo District, in writing 7 days before the date of completion. Listen to the foolish And understand their views Listen to the wise And relish in their news Listen Will you just listen? Its called silence Devour it TUNE IN Sundays on LOVE FM from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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