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C.A. Companies Coming To Compliance On Scales

posted (September 15, 2011)

Companies Coming to ComplianceThe butane strike by the central American companies is entering its seventh day - and still government is refusing to negotiate. The three companies. BWEL, Tomza and Z-Gas say they are operating at a loss because they have not gotten a price increase since February when 7news exposed the practice of under-filling butane cylinders.

Government says it won't even broach the discussion of a price increase until those companies install the scales as required by a law which came into effect almost half a year ago.

 

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WIKLEAKS Hits Belize: US Cable Reported On Allegation of Briceno Corruption
posted (September 6, 2011)

Wikileaks If you follow international news at all, you'll probably know what the WIKILEAKS files are. They're a bunch of about a quarter million diplomatic cables sent to and from US embassies all over the world - copied en masse by a whistleblower and released on the internet - much to the dismay, consternation and embarrassment of the US Government. Well, last week , cables originating from Belize were posted on the WIKILEAKS website. They're about 250 in total sent from the US Embassy in Belmopan to the State Department in Washington between 2006 and 2010.

Overall, the diplomatic notes aren't that exciting, mostly they show an unhealthy obsession with the Venezuelan and Cuban government's assistance programs in Belize. You can read them for yourself through a link at 7newsbelize.com (http://wikileaks.org/origin/168_0.html) - but one of them does stand out - and it was brought to public attention this morning on WAVE Radio's Fus Ting Da Mawnin...

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More WIKILEAKS Fallout: Galen U. Refutes Cable Characterization
posted (September 6, 2011)

And one other confidential US Embassy cable that has raised a few eyebrows is one titled, quote: "ZABANEH FAMILY PURCHASES PRIVATE UNIVERSITY."

It discusses the launch of Galen University under its new owner Dr. Louis Zabaneh in December of 2009. It then makes a generalized, unsubstantiated reference to purported illicit activities...

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Another Gang Press Release: This Time It’s SSG
posted (September 6, 2011)

SSG-1SSG-2Last week it was the GSG, the George Street Gang that issued an unprecedented press release. Well today it was the SSG, the South Side Gangsters making the media rounds with their own press release.

This one is even more well written than the GSG's and quite a bit longer.

It says that there were no true representatives for the SSG at the truce talks chaired by the Prime Minister at the ITVET on Friday and Monday.

And the reason for that? We quote from the release:

"for the simple reason that (THE SSG) felt that the true objective was to only resolve the issues between the GSU gang and the George Street Gang...

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Ashcroft Alliance Responds

The Caribbean Court of Justice held its special sitting for the Ashcroft Alliance on Tuesday; government issued a release yesterday and today the BTL employee's Trust struck back.

As might be expected, their release refutes many of the claims made in yesterday's government release. It adds that in that release government demonstrates that quote: "the government means to continue acting above the law." The release states that contrary to government's claim, the injunction preventing the government from selling any more Telemedia shares will not "fall away: once the ninth amendment bill is passed, instead...

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Approximately 300 people Attended

July 30th 2011

Justice March Justice March - The Justice March

After tedious preparation for the Justice March, the greatly anticipated day came to pass on Saturday July 30th where approximately 300 attended the march. Organizations such as the Maya Leaders Alliance, Belizeans for Justice, BelizeCan, COLA, CFOS and the Upliftment Committee under the Honorable Marcel Cardona, including NIP, VIP and PUP members united as Patriotic Belizeans to protest against the 9th Amendment including other Social issues such as Unemployment, crime, victimization upon other issues. As they marched towards the Memorial Park, protests demanding Justice, jobs and revocation if the 9th Amendment could be heard as the different groups paraded their various complaints on posters resisting the 9th Amendment and adamantly demanding a just Belize. Upon arriving the Memorial Park the representatives of each organization once more communicated their utter resistance against the 8th and the 9th Amendments, amendments which they stated will but take away Human rights and freedoms....

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May 30, 2011
Bus owners; are they on the road to recovery?
Last Friday, the transportation industry came to a screeching halt when members of the Belize Bus Owners Cooperative staged a protest closing off the northern and western highways. It resulted in the blockage of all major thoroughfares as well as the burning of tires across the Western and Northern Highways. Commuters were unable to take public transportation from as early as four o’clock in the morning in the west to as late as eleven in the north. The protest signaled the frustration of bus owners over new daily runs granted by the Ministry of Transport to the West Line Company owned by Sergio Chuc, a stalwart supporter of the government for runs in the northern zone. When we left you on Friday, the protest was called off following discussions with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who admitted that mistakes had been made. All day today negotiations between bus operators and transport officials remained ongoing in the aftermath of the massive countrywide shutdown...

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May 27, 2011
Source of bus controversy; West Line or transport minister?
Dean barrow
The protest paralyzed the country for hours, testing the resolve of the government to deal with its worst national crisis. After Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with the Belize Bus Association President Thomas Shaw and the Chairman of the Belize Bus Owners Cooperative Claude Frazer at ten this morning, he had a sit down with Bus Owners from the North.  A press conference was held later in the afternoon; the conference room at the Matalon Building on Coney Drive was overflowing with members of all bus associations...

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May 27, 2011

Bus blockades also in Orange Walk

In the north of the country, bus operators also blocked the main thoroughfare into the City. Police descended on the highway to keep things under control. Commuters waited for hours until they were finally allowed to proceed to their destination. News Five’s Andrea Polanco covers this leg of the protest.
Andrea Polanco, Reporting
Over a hundred commuters were stuck here in the Posito area on the northern highway since five this morning. Motorists had to park along the highway as they watched tires burning and parked buses blocking the street. The flow of traffic was at a complete stand still as commuters waited in solidarity with the bus operators of the north. One commuter echoed the sentiments of the waiting crowd; that they won’t move until they get a favorable response from government...

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