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Belizean Associations in the US

 

Belizean Associations in the United States of America

The following list of Belizean Associations in the United States are all voluntary Associations designed to serve the needs of Belizeans in the United States and Belize by carrying out community oriented projects/programs that assist in the development of Belize.  ====================================================== California  Belizean American Nursing Community 3814 W. 59th Place Los Angeles, CA 90043 Contact: Egzine Richardson Tel: 323-293-7912 Email: [email protected]  
Belize Alliance for Social Services 1434 Point View Los Angeles, CA 90035 Contact: Robert Bennett Tel: 323-932-0201 Email: [email protected]  
Belize Cultural Foundation P.O. Box 35035-0035 Los Angeles, CA 90035 Contact: Silvano Torres Tel: 310-930-0463 Email: [email protected]  
Belizean Heritage Association 6434 Brynhurst Ave. Los Ángeles, CA 90043 Contact: Verona Burks Tel: 310-743-9173 Email: [email protected]  
Blissful Sage Foundation 
Blissfulsage Foundation
1611 E Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Contact: Raquel Battle Tel: 626-310-0504 Email: [email protected]  
International Square Dance Group 136 W. 87th Place Los Ángeles, CA 90003 Contact: Robert Mejia Tel: 323-778-7226  
Concerned Belizean Association 3940 Roxton Ave. Los Ángeles, CA 90008 Contact: Phyllis Palacio Tel: 323-295-3612 Email: [email protected]  
Consortium for Belizean Development, Inc. (NATIONWIDE) P.O. Box 431731 La Tejero Station Los Ángeles, CA 90043 Contact: Glenn Elrington Tel: 313-244-5010 Email: [email protected]  
Elegant Flair Dance Co. 3860 Crenshaw Blvd. Ste. 206 Los Angeles, CA 90008 Contact: Lorna Smith Tel: 323-493-4497 Email: [email protected]  
John W. W. Young Medical Foundation 5107 11th. Avenue STE 101 Los Angeles, CA 90043 Contact: Olivia Young Tel: 323-295-7308 Email: johnjrmedsbcglobalnet_[email protected]  Los Angeles 
Belizean Educational Network (L.A.B.E.N.) P.O. Box 191701 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Contact: Thomas Usher Tel: 323-732-0200 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]  Wagiameme Performing Troup 4818 4th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043 Contact: Anita  Martinez Tel: 323-299-6005 Email: [email protected]  ====================================================== District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Area  District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Area Belizean American Association Bruce Henry (President) 3504 Dottie Kelley CT Forestville, MD  29747 Tel: 516-428-5377 Email: [email protected]  ====================================================== Florida  The Belize Association of Florida Ray Gongora (President) Email: [email protected]  ====================================================== Georgia  Belize Community Developmnent Program P.O. Box 835 Norcross, GA 30091 Alvin Munnings, President Tel: 770-662-0966 Site: www.belizecdp.org  ====================================================== Illinois  Association for Community Enhancement 2518 w. 63rd Street Chicago, IL 60636 Contact: Norine Cadil Tel: 773-368-6845 Email: [email protected]  
Concerned Belizeans, Inc. 735 Broadway North Chicago, IL 60064 Contact: Lansford Pitts/ Leroy Viamille Tel: 847-612-5768 or 773-835-6284 Email: [email protected] 
 Belize Culture and Heritage Association (formerly HACEB) P.O Box 345 Evanston, IL 60204 Contact: Ms. Sharon Staine Tel: 312-320-6017 Email: [email protected]  
The Chicago Belizean Healthcare Organization Contact: Ms. Rose Bernard-Carrouth Tel: 708-339-1972  
The Evanston/Belize Sister City Committee 2100 Ridge Ave Evanston, IL 60201 Contact: Chief Sam Hunter Tel: 847-866-5927  The Belize Day in the Park Committee 9405 South Throop Chicago, IL 60620 Contact: Ms. Sylvia Manderson Tel: 773-881-0412 Email: [email protected]chicagobelizedayinthepark.org Site: www.chicagobelizedayinthepark.org  
Belizeans Cultural Bearers Committee Contact: Ms. Flora Anderson Tel : 773-383-7234 Email: [email protected]  ====================================================== Louisiana  Belize Association of Louisiana Contact: Edmundo Wright Tel: 504-227-0825 Email: [email protected]   ====================================================== Michigan  Belize Association of Michigan 3516 Irene ST Inkster, MI 48141 Contact: Jorje Clark Tel: 586-419-1231 Email: [email protected]  ====================================================== Missouri  Belize Association of St. Louis  ====================================================== New York  New York Belizeans Working Together For Progress (NYBWTP)(Umbrella Organization) Belize Chemotherapy Organization of New York, Inc. Belize Organization of New York, Inc. Friends Supporting the Anglican Diocese of Belize Garifuna Settlement Day Mass Committee James Lovell & the Afrigarifuna Youth Ensemble New York Belizean Committee, Inc./Festibel Pallotti High School Alumni Association St. Catherine Alumnae Association  ====================================================== Tennessee  School Bells, Inc. P.O. Box 58213 Nashville, TN 37205 Contact: Yvonne Bridges Tel: 615-662-0138 Email: [email protected]  ====================================================== Texas  The Belize Association of Houston President Wendy Auxillou Site: www.belizehouston.org/ 

Belizean Honorary Consuls

Mrs. Debbie Schell Honorary Consul of Chicago  Mr. Eugene Verdu Honorary Consul of Illinois   Dr. Lennox Pike The Honorary Consul of Michigan   Dr. Edward Lee Paul, Jr. The Honorary Consul of North Carolina  Mr. Edward Smiling Former Honorary Consul of Chicago 

Justices of the Peace

Mr. Fred Robinson 4836 Main Street Ste. 204 Skokie Illinois 60077 Tel: 847-679-5741 Fax: 847-679-5177  Alan Pollard  71407 Clark Street Chicago IL 60626 Tel: 773-764-3961  Eugene Marlowe 2800 Lee St. 220 Des Plaines IL Tel: 847-710-1233 

Notary Public

Martha Pineiro-Miller 8215 Ridgeway  Skokie, Illinois 60076  Linsford Pitts 735 Broadway North Chicago, Illinois 60064 Tel. 847-612-5768 Email: [email protected]  Sharon Staine P.O. Box 345  Evanston IL 6020
Mandatory Registration of Cellular Phones Begins October 11th  2011

Twenty Eight Belizeans will be honored at Tribute to Belizean Patriots

Video with Ras Chi and Andy P and tribute to Ras Chi

 

 

 

Here is a youtube taken in NY when Andy Palacio was alive.

 

Musician Giovanni Chi, Andre Trapp’s brother, gunned down by Amandala Newspaper

Posted: 23/08/2011 - 10:16 AM 
Author: Daniel Ortiz 

Prominent musician and father of two, Giovanni Chi, 33, a resident of Caesar Ridge Road, Belize City, was gunned down at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, while he rode his bicycle on Jane Usher Boulevard.
  
Chi, a singer, guitarist, and drummer, was the elder brother of the late Andre Trapp, who was reputed to be the leader of Southside Gang. Trapp was executed, also on a Thursday, in a broad daylight murder in June 2010, in the parking lot beside the Supreme Court, in downtown Belize City.
  
Chi’s relatives, speaking reluctantly with Amandala, said that the entire family has been receiving death threats, and they suspect that’s why Chi was targeted.
  
They said Chi had just left home to go to the Jane Usher Boulevard area, probably heading to see his girlfriend and child who live in that area, when he was attacked.
  
Police say that when Chi arrived at the corner of Jane Usher Blvd. and Louise Bevans Street, a gunman fired a single shot. The bullet hit him in the left side of the head, near the temple area, and it exited on the right side. He died on the spot.
  
No one has been able to tell our newspaper what mode of transportation was used by the gunman, and police have so far not reported any arrests.
  
Chi’s family is today grieving and angry, because Chi was a musician for almost two decades and did not have any part to play in the gang violence which took Andre Trapp’s life.
  
His sister, who wished to remain anonymous, told us that Chi had recorded many albums over the years, and had been linked with many prominent bands in Belize City—most recently The Laru Beya Boys.
  
A few weeks ago, the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH) contracted the group to carry out regular performances as part of a program called Belizean Beats. This program introduces Belizean music to tourists coming into the country via the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Chi was billed to perform at the PGIA today, Friday.
  
His family told us that he was a family-oriented man, and he did not like seeing any family member go down the wrong path. We were told that Giovanni Chi and Andre had had many disagreements over Andre’s gang connection.
  
Chi has left behind two daughters: a 4-year-old, and a 1-year-old. The family told us that they are angry that this gunman has left the two children fatherless, especially since Chi loathed the thought of gang activity being near his home.

 

Houston-Belize International Mission

 

 

 

 

A Shoebox back to school fundraising driving

Day in the park Concern Belizeans of Chicago

Flash Light & Batteries Drive

 

To: All concerned Belizean and friends of Belize
 
My name is Theola Brookins and I am an active member of the Belizean Community here in Los Angeles. With that said, I am starting a drive to collect flashlights and batteries for the emergency response organization in Belize.As you all know, the hurricane season begins in June.  According to the weather information this year should be an active season. I was in Belize last September, 2010 when a tropical storm developed, and I can tell you that the emergency response team was on top of their game as far as information going out to the public was concerned. But we also had the lights going out, and if you did not have a flashlight you were in trouble. Lit candles are unsafe and unreliable during a storm.
 
In doing my part, I have taken on this small project to collect flashlights and batteries to be distributed to as many people as possible.
 
I am asking that each person find it in his/her heart to donate two durable flashlights and batteries to the cause, and also ask friends and family to contribute also, I would be grateful for your help.
 
If you do not wish to purchase the flashlights, then a donation would be appreciated.
 
I would like to have Friday 24 and Saturday 25, 2011 to be the drop off date and have the items shipped by June 30, 2011.
 
Please make checks payable to the Consulate of Belize. Please write on memo line, for flashlights. You may also drop off at 3940 Roxton Ave, L.A.90008 on or before June 25th, 2011.
 
My phone # is (323) 217-6007 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (323) 217-6007      end_of_the_skype_highlighting and email is
[email protected]
 
Address for Consulate is: Consultae of Belize
                                   4801 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 250
                                    L.A. Ca. 90010

Tint My Ride New Law June 1, 2011

 

May 11, 2011

Tint my ride; but new law may fine you for very dark windshield

Drivers across the country have a little over two weeks to remove dark tints from their vehicles. A statutory instrument will come into effect to regulate tinting, a measure taken to deter criminals from hiding behind the tint to conceal their identity. In the following story, News Five’s Isani Cayetano looks at the acceptable level of tints prescribed by the new regulations.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

On June first the Traffic Department will begin cracking down on vehicle owners whose windows and windshields do not meet the newly implemented standard of tinting.  In the streets of Belize City two out of every five cars we counted have exceptionally dark tints, well outside of the accepted parameters.  Nigel Espat, proprietor of Auto Zone, explains the shades of film used in tinting.

Nigel Espat, Proprietor, Auto Zone

Nigel Espat

 

 

“Tint you can buy it in three percent, five percent, ten percent, twenty percent, thirty-five percent and what the new S.I. is dictating for the two front door windows is fifty percent that is, for me, has proven very difficult to source because it’s not very common.”

A statutory instrument was recently passed to regulate tinting in light of the present crime situation plaguing the country.  But while the public is expected to remove dark tints from their vehicles government officials are still driving around with relatively obscure windows.  Prime Minister Barrow recently commented on the enforcement of the new law.

Dean Barrow

“I don’t believe in tinting.  No but there can be no exceptions.  Perhaps the police, I don’t know whether, or the military whether they might be able to make some kind of a case but regular politicians, regular GOB officials, regular municipal body officials absolutely not.  The law must apply to them with equal force, equal rigor.”

Dean Barrow

Jose Sanchez

 

“Will this be implemented by police as well as Traffic [Department]?”

Dean Barrow

“Yes.  That’s the whole idea that, remember we had talked earlier about trying to ensure that the police deal as well with quality of life offences.  I am not sure that this is under that broad heading but the notion that the police should cast their net as widely as possible is very much one that we believe in and so they will be expected to help with the enforcement of the regulations too.”

According to Errol Garbutt Jr., who operates Glass Technologies Ltd., despite the new regulations government should consider that the measure may not have a significant impact on the commission of crimes the way it has on his business.

Errol Garbutt Jr., Windshield Technician

Errol Garbutt Jr.

 

 

“Well the business of tinting, ih drop with the crime… How fu say it Isani?  Gun noh kill people, people kill people.  Tint noh kill people, people kill people.  That’s all I could say. And the crime rate, if you really watch it, you got customers weh come in and we noh wah call no name, but people need fu hide their things eena dehn vehicle mein.”

Espat also highlighted the fact that prior to the passage of the new legislature there was no enforcement or regulation of tinting.

Nigel Espat

“There wasn’t much control over the tint for a very long time.  I think maybe around 2008, 2007 or early 2008 they tried to introduce this legislation to tone down the darkness of the tint but they never followed through with it so it just kept going.  Now there’s an S.I. that was actually signed that regulates the darkness of the tint that can be applied to vehicles. I think the S.I. came about because of the high prevalence of crime, all the murders that have been happening so it’s, I am not entirely sure, I am only assuming here that it is because of that.  I think the police would feel safer being able to look inside the vehicle.”

Motorists have since complained that de-tinting their vehicles comes at an extra expense to them especially knowing that prior to their installations it wasn’t illegal to have your windows tinted.  The new law comes into effect at the end of the month. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Drivers who do not comply with the new tinting law can expect to be fined.

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Mentorship Program in LA 

Honorable Patrick Farber, Minister of Education and Youths in Belize, will be visiting the State of California, February 23 27, 2011

 

CONSULATE GENERAL OF BELIZE

Park Mile Plaza

4801 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 250

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Telephone: (323) 634-9900 Fax: (323) 634-9903

E-mail: [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Additional Information

Call: 323-634-9900

January 25, 2011

(Los Angeles) The Consulate of Belize in Los Angeles today announced to the Belizean

American community that Honorable Patrick Farber, Minister of Education and Youths

in Belize, will be visiting the State of California, February 23 27, 2011.

The purpose of the visit is to meet with educational institutions in Northern and Southern

 

California. Hon. Farber’s goal will be to seek partnership and scholarship opportunities

for Belizean students in Belize to further their educational goals in degree and certificate

programs in the United States.

The Minister of Education will also meet with Belizean professionals in Southern

California to establish a mentorship program for high school students in Belize.

Additionally, he will conduct meetings with sponsors to set up educational and sports

clinics in Belize during the summer months.

Two public events are planned. Location: Christ the Good Shepherd Church 3303 Vernon

Ave. (Vernon & 11th Ave.) Los Angeles, CA 90008

(1) Public Reception held on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

(2) Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hon. Roland Yorke, Consul General of Belize exclaims, the future of Belize lies with

the educational development of our people; we welcome this visit by Hon. Farber and his

Deputy Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Carol Babb to seek further educational

opportunities for our Belizean students.The community is encouraged to come out and

dialogue with Belize’s Minister of Education and Youths.

 

 

 

 

Consulate of Belize, Los Angeles

www.consulateofbelizelosangeles.org

www.consulateofbelizelosangeles.com

Consulate of Belize to LA Culture Desk

Ms Carrie Fairweather

Yesterday evening Belize lost one of its most outstanding women, well-known seventy -seven year old Carrie Fairweather Belgrave.Fairweather-Belgrave had been battling pancreatic cancer since the latter part of last year; she lost her fight with the disease at the KHMH yesterday evening around 6 due to respiratory complications.

Most of us came to know and love her on the screen as “Granny Tomasa” in the series “Noh Matta Wat”.

But Fairweather-Belgrave wore many hats, she was an entrepreneur, writer, actress, and poet. We take a look at a slice of her life starting of with one of her last public appearances in early December at the launch of her book: “Parchment Pages” Speak to Me in Poetry:

Carrie Fairweather Belgrave
“They say I am strong, well it the spirit that is strong because GOD brought me back. i was dying. I was walking, laughing, talking getting on a flight thinking of eating a steak in London, in Miami and I was told in a hospital that I had pancreatic cancer that could not be healed, it was too late, it has already pass the size and they had to accept that. Thank God he gave me the grace to accept it because I feel there was 3 parts to us, the moon, the life we live on earth and the spiritual and then I ask God to help me to enter his kingdom and to prepare my soul for the spiritual to meet him. I cannot say that I am not hurting because I am only human but he is moving away fear from me. i do not fear, it is my time.”

Andrea Polanco
“You work with Carrie Fairweather Belgrave before. What was it like working with her on “Noh Matta Wat”?” Steve Berry, Co-Founder & Director of “Noh Matta Wat”

Steve Berry, Co-Founder & Director of “Noh Matta Wat”
“From when I first met Ms. Carrie, you know they say sometimes ‘love at first site’ Ms. Carrie is one of those people, she just endures you to her. She gets in front of the camera and takes the character of somewhere else. I have heard the poetry in the books which is even better because again it’s her reflections; it’s her attitude, her feelings that have been in the words. Yes I defiantly look forward of reading the book because there are a lot of poems in the book that I have not actually heard her recite. But like the documentary that I did on her, she goes the entire gamut of her life, once you start off talking about growing up being a little girl growing up in Dangriga, she talked about her first marriage which was very an abusive marriage – physical abusive, she talks about when she first went to the states and came back for her children and endure a lot more of being abuse and then going back to the states she talks about the troubles and the struggles she had and the successes that she had. I am a better person for having not only done the documentary but also cutting it, editing it, watching it now. It is a very inspirational piece of work.”

Our thanks to 13 productions for that video. More on the wit, wisdom and good grace of Ms. Carrie can be seen in the recently produced documentary “A Remarkable Woman,” which is also available through 13 Productions.

Fairweather-Belgrave is survived by her husband, seven children and a host of grand and great-grandchildren. According to her husband, the funeral is tentatively set for next Saturday January 22nd, but that has not been finalized.

Put a Smile on the Face of a Child

Appeal to donate to victims of Hurricane Richard

Dear Friends:

I know I probably do not keep in touch as often as I should, but this is one time I desperately need your help.

Many of the poorest people in Belize City who can least afford it had their lives totally disrupted by Hurricane Richard.  Today, almost a week after Hurricane Richard passed over Belize, there are still many destitute people with nowhere to live, nothing to eat, nowhere to sleep, nothing to wear, nothing to drink ... NOTHING, PERIOD!   The worst victims of the hurricane are the children.  Yes, children today are sleeping outside in makeshift tents placed on ground cover of mud.  In a KREM TV special they filmed after the storm, they recorded the pleas for assistance of some of the hardest hit victims.  Friends, this situation could at any time happen to any of us our loved ones.  It is truly horrifying to those affected by the storm, but more so to the many innocent children who have to suffer.  Attached below is the video filmed by KREM TV entitled "What do you need right now?"  Please take a moment to look at it.

Unfortunately, the official disaster response has been less than stellar.  To pick up the slack where the government has failed, a private initiative spearheaded by Indira Craig, television newscaster from Channel 7 news, has set up camp in the area and is serving hot meals to the affected residents.  Most of these people have NOTHING, not a stove to cook on or a small space to store supplies or groceries.  They are in desperate need of assistance.  For most of them, their entire survival depends on the availability of the meal that Indira and her wonderful group of volunteers are serving them.  I will stress again that this is a private initiative, hence no government funding.  It is all coming together as a result of private donations.

There is no telling how long it will be before the situation of these victims improves, and the situation is truly heartbreaking and sad.  To that end, I have set up a connection with Glenn Tilllett, a trusted talk show host at Positive Vibes radio.  Indira and her crew are always on site serving meals, and she has no time to be running sundry errands.  To that end, Glenn Tillett has agreed to pick up donations on behalf of Indira's group.  Friends, let us give generously to this endeavor.  I will state again, at any time, this could be our situation.  How would YOU like to be treated?

Please donate generously to the relief cause.  I have made a quick check with Western Union (the fastest way we can deduce to make our donations count RIGHT AWAY) and they charge $15 to WU up to $100, $22 to WU up to $200, and $39 to WU up to $400.  So, if several of you each have $20 that you would like to donate, for example, pool the sum of money together into one wire transfer and pay only ONE $15 fee for the entire lot (versus $15 for each $20 transfer).

In any case, Glenn Tillett has generously volunteered his time to pick up any donations from WU and to transport them over to Indira Craig and her group.  In order for him to be able to do this, you would have to WU the money in his name (GLENN TILLETT, 1607 MANTA RAY DRIVE, LADYVILLE, BELIZE DISTRICT, BELIZE, CENTRAL AMERICA).  Again, this is just the FASTEST way to get donation money to the cause.  Glenn will pick up the money, hand it to Indira, and Indira will later confirm the donation once she is able.  This is for transparency.  Glenn's email is [email protected].  His phone number is 605-6618.  Please text him your name (senders name) and the MTCN number once you send a donation so he knows what to expect, OR you can send him an email with the information. Friends, no matter how small big or small the amount, please send something.  These are our Belizean brothers and sisters that are suffering.

PLEASE ALSO FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.  MORE THAN EVER, BELIZE NEEDS YOU NOW!

Sincerely,
Wendy Auxillou

RAQUEL BATTLE AND THE BLISSFULSAGE FOUNDATION: IMPACTING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

 

 

 

Raquel Battle wanted to create a comfortable place where terminally ill cancer patients could die with dignity. She has been living in the US for more than 15 years and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Services: Health Management and Policy. Raquel is president and founder of the Blissfulsage Foundation. For the past four years Blissfulsage has been planning and working to open the first official hospice and home care program in the country of Belize. The National Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice and Home Care will be based in Dangriga, Belize. This Hospice program was inspired by Mr. Edlin Leslie, Sr. of Placencia Village, Raquel’s father, who lost his battle with prostate cancer three and a half years ago. The residents of Placencia Village, in Southern Belize, who have participated in and sponsored the annual “Battle Cancer” awareness run/walk in memory of Mr. Edlin Leslie, Sr. for the past four years, can be proud of their contributions in support of this National hospice program.

 

The general mission of this hospice program is to support those who have been diagnosed with cancer, are terminally ill and have been determined by a physician to be within their last six to eight months of life. Although we know that people will eventually die in our care, Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice and Home Care will not be a house of sadness, but a house of bliss. Our goal is to assist the patients in managing pain, and other symptoms, so that they can enjoy the last few moments of their lives with their loved ones.


We have been blessed with a space at #6 Bluefield Rd, Dangriga. In exchanged for the renovations the owners have given us full access to use of this facility for a significant period of time. Your support and donation will make it possible to open our program in June 2011.
Presently, we find ourselves at a tipping point. We, the Blissfulsage Foundation, need your support in making the The National Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice and Home Care program in Belize possible in 2011.


Raquel Battle will be running the 26.2 miles Long Beach International Marathon on Sunday October 17th benefitting the Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice and Home Care. She hopes to raise US$50,000.00 by June 1, 2011 and to reach the projected opening date of June 15th.  Your thoughts, prayers, support, and donations are greatly appreciated and will help to make her dream a reality!!!

If you would like to contribute or learn more, please contact the Belize Cancer Center, Dangriga, Mrs. Sonia Leslie, Placencia, at http://www.blissfulsage.org/ or on the "Battle Cancer" facebook cause page. You may locate this cause through Raquel Battle's facebook page.

 If you reside in the US and would like to donate, you may do so by mailing your check or money order to: Blissfulsage, 531 W Roses Rd. San Gabriel CA. 91775


In kind donations may include but are not limited to:

1. Vaseline2. Balmex3. A&D ointment4. Gold bond powder or any powder with zinc oxide5. Latex gloves6. Medical tape7. White cotton twin sheets.
8. Neosporin9. Q-tips10. Chucks (disposable and reusable)11. Depends12 Gauze13. J&J lotions14. Baby wipes15. Hand sanitizers

We would like to invite Belizean Charities to participate in this program by holding fund raisers to make this dream come through. Thank you for doing what you can to support Hospice Care in Belize. Blissfulsage is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization based in the United States. Most recently Blissfulsage received its nonprofit status in Belize as well.

 Taken from www.villageviewpost.com

Thanks Linda for the contribution 

Are there any jobs

Neri O. Briceno

# 191 Lords Bank Village

Belize District

Belize

Central America

Tel: 501-671-2724, 501-610-2724

E-Mail: [email protected]

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October 24th, 2010

 

 

Harry Lawrence

Publisher

The Reporter

Belize City 

 

 

SUBJECT: Are there any jobs?

 

 

Dear Editor:

 

The ability of a nation to establish a sound economic growth plan is extremely necessary for any country’s survival. Human resource is the backbone of all global economies whether capitalist, socialist or communist since without it, the country is virtually paralyzed. The fact is that without sufficient jobs, the economy will not move. Under ordinary circumstances this is especially testing and even more so in current times when we are experiencing a massive global recession and particularly since Belize has cultivated an economic policy which is terribly dependent on the outside World economy. However, within our own tiny sphere we need to develop innovative ways of creating employment and generating revenue to ease some of the burdens of this recession. Belize has an enormous professional pool and we need to utilize them. We need to put party politics aside and build this nation together. While I realize that the government and private businesses at this point may not have the mass capacity for employment, we need to support local initiatives and projects that will benefit this country. As what one prominent politician who I have a tremendous amount of respect for (and they are not too many like that) once told me; government should support any initiative that does not; one, burden the tax payer, is for the wellbeing of the nation and is not corrupt and intended to enrich any politician. However, many times legitimate project get bogged down in bureaucracy, petty issues and politics. Ultimately they get side track and end up gathering dust in some filing cabinet. As part of government economic plan, they should put immediate priority on any projects that fit these three criteria.

 

The global economic recession has hit Belize hard for two primary reasons; one, we were not prepared for it and two we seem not to be able to figure a way out of it. This is no fault of the government but also government has to do everything within its power to ease this blow and honestly I do not see it. This has nothing to do with politics but there seems to be no clear economic plan and we just seem to be haphazardly moving on...if this is otherwise then can someone please show the public the economic direction. The vast majority of people had high hope on this administration as demonstrated by their massive landslide victory. I think that they stood a good chance of getting a second term but the economy and crime might be their Achilles heel. While I must admit it is not a substance of their own doing, but in the World of governing and ruling, has fallen squarely on their laps. They can still change this and am hopeful and pray that they will. While the sour taste of the last administration is still fresh in the minds of a lot of Belizean, the currently administration seem powerless, unwilling or lack the political will to tackle the big issues. I can think of at least 5 highly trained professionals including myself, with managerial experience from some of the largest organization and companies in this country who have been unemployed in cases from one to two years. Not only are they unemployed, but the opportunity to create employment is slow and stifled. This is what causes the professionals to leave a country…when hope is remote and distance. Now imagine what the ordinary man on the street is facing if the professional cannot kind work. I implore the government that whoever is the architect of our current economic plan to review and take a second look at it and hear the deafening cry of this nation and think crime and economics…it could be your salvation.   

                                     

It’s all about the people!!!

          

Sincerely;

 

Neri O. Briceno            

 

Reward Offered for Missing Children Benjamin Rash and Onelia Rash

 

Reward Offered
for Missing Children

TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO COLLECT THE REWARD FOR THE
SAFE RETURN OF BENJAMIN RASH AND ONELIA RASH
A reward in the amount of BZ$12,750.00 (Twelve thousand, Seven Hundred Fifty Belize dollars) is being offered by an anonymous group of donors for the safe return of both Benjamin Rash and Onelia Rash, aged eleven (11) and nine (9), who were last seen on August 30, 2010 near Cattle Landing, in the Toledo District of Belize. Such reward will be paid to the person or persons responsible for the safe return of these children. This reward will only be paid if the following conditions are met:
1. Both children must be alive and in the custody of either the Belize Police Department or the children’s family.
2. The reward will not be paid unless both children are recovered alive. There will be no partial reward for the return of just one child.
3. The reward will not be paid before the children are in the custody of the Belize Police Department or the children’s family. There will be no advance payment of any kind, including (but not limited) to “out-of-pocket expenses,” “facilitation fees,” “locator’s fees,” etc.
4. The reward will be paid to anyone who is aware of the location of the children if he or she provides this information to the Police, and the information leads to the safe recovery of both children. In order to collect the reward, the person providing this information must be able to confirm that they were the ones who provided the information.
5. If more than one person is responsible for the safe recovery of both children, the reward will be split between those persons. In no case will the total reward paid exceed BZ$12,750.00 (Twelve thousand, Seven Hundred, Fifty Belize dollars).
6. If the children are safely returned, and there is a dispute between persons attempting to claim the reward, the Belize Police Department will decide who the reward shall be paid to. The decision of the Belize Police Department will be final.
For further information, or to report the whereabouts of these children, please contact
MIGUEL A. SEGURA, ASST. COMISSIONER,
HEAD NATIONAL CRIMES INVESTIGATION BRANCH,
Crime Stoppers Hot line – 0-800–922-TIPS
e-mail: [email protected]

Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence

 

Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence  
 
 
 
 Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card). 
An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval. 
Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months. 
Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months. 
Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim. 
Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family. 
Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color). 
Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate. 
Marriage Certificate. 
Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband). 
Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated. 
Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment. 
Income tax statement 
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.

A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.

If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.

No incomplete application will be accepted.

Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one time disqualifies the applicant. 
 
Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence  
 
 
 
 Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card). 
An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval. 
Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months. 
Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months. 
Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim. 
Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family. 
Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color). 
Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate. 
Marriage Certificate. 
Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband). 
Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated. 
Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment. 
Income tax statement 
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.

A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.

If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.

No incomplete application will be accepted.

Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one time disqualifies the applicant. 
 


Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence  
 
 
 
 Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card). 
An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval. 
Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months. 
Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months. 
Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim. 
Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family. 
Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color). 
Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate. 
Marriage Certificate. 
Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband). 
Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated. 
Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment. 
Income tax statement 
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.

A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.

If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.

No incomplete application will be accepted.

Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one time disqualifies the applicant. 
 
 

Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence  
  1.  Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card).
  2. An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval.
  3. Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months.
  4. Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months.
  5. Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim.
  6. Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family.
  7. Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color).
  8. Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate.
  9. Marriage Certificate.
  10. Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband).
  11. Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated.
  12. Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment.
  13. Income tax statement
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.
A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.
If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.
No incomplete application will be accepted.
Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one time disqualifies the applicant.


Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence  
 
 
 
 Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card). 
An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval. 
Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months. 
Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months. 
Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim. 
Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family. 
Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color). 
Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate. 
Marriage Certificate. 
Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband). 
Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated. 
Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment. 
Income tax statement 
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.

A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.

If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.

No incomplete application will be accepted.

Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one time disqualifies the applicant.  Belize Requirements for Permanent Residence  
 
 
 Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card). 
An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval. 
Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months. 
Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months. 
Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim. 
Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family. 
Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color). 
Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate. 
Marriage Certificate. 
Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband). 
Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated. 
Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment. 
Income tax statement 
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.

A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.

If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.

No incomplete application will be accepted.

Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one time disqualifies the applicant. 
 
 
 
 
 Evidence that you are in the country legally for one year prior to application (copy of passport pages or refugee card). 
An immigration fee in the sum of BZ$ will be charged upon approval. 
Alien registration for yourself and members of your family over the age of sixteen if you remained in the country for at least six months. 
Recent police record for yourself and all members of your family over the age of sixteen. To obtain a Belize police record you must have been in the country for at least six months. 
Documentary evidence that you have acquired land in Belize or that you have access to land if you make such a claim. 
Certificate of Health including HIV, VDRL & TB tests for you and all members of your family. 
Three recent passport size photographs of yourself, wife and children if they are to be included. (Photographs must be in color). 
Wife’s/Husband’s birth certificate. 
Marriage Certificate. 
Sworn declaration of support (from husband or common-law husband). 
Recent local bank statement or otherwise where means of financial support is not indicated. 
Temporary employment permit if you are or wish to engage in gainful employment. 
Income tax statement 
ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN BELIZE, PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUMBITTED ALONG WITH ORIGINALS.

A final decision will be made when all requirements have been met. Pending a decision on your application you are required to continue applying for monthly extentions on your documents at the nearest Immigration office. Click here for more details on Belize Immigration.

If you have a change of address while your application is being processed you are strongly advised to inform the Department immediately.

No incomplete application will be accepted.

Leaving the country for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days at any one 

 

Green Card Lottery Program (HOT HOT!)

 

GREEN CARD LOTTERY PROGRAM

The Consulate General of Belize will be assisting those interested in apply for the

2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Program

 

Applications for the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Program are being accepted from October 5th to November 3rd, 2010 by the U.S. Department of State. Entries for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EST, on November 3rd, 2010.

 

The annual Diversity Visa program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for Diversity Visas. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the past five years.

 

For the first time, those who submit entries may check the status of entries online and determine whether their entries are selected or not selected. Successful entrants will continue to receive notification letters by mail. For detailed information about entry requirements, please see the instructions for the DV-2010 Diversity Visa lottery on the Department’s Consular Affairs Website at htt://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types 318.html.

 

This office assisted two persons that were successfully chosen for the 2010 diversity program.

 

We will be accepting appointment on the following days to assist those who are interested in applying. This service is free of charge. Please note that once an application is completed, we have no means of knowing the results. Please check the above website for results.

 

Saturday, October 16th, 2010:   10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010:     3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010:    3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010:   10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010:      3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please call our office at (323-634-9900) to schedule an appointment

4801 Wilshire Blvd, Ste #250, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

 

US Visa Lottery Oct 5, 2010 to Nov 3, 2010 (HOT)

 

Please share with friends & family (local and abroad)
 
The Diversity Visa green card lottery online registration period will run from Oct. 5 until Nov. 3. More information about the DV-2012 lottery program is available at the State Department website, www.dvlottery.state.gov.
 
General Questions and Answers about the DV-2012 program can be found below:

 
Q Which countries' natives qualify for DV lottery green cards?
A The natives of all countries can get DV-2011 lottery except Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.
 
Q Besides being from a qualifying country, what are the other requirements for a lottery green card?
A You must have a high school level education from here or abroad. Or, you must have worked two of the last five years in a job for which at least two years' training or experience is a normal requirement. High school equivalency diplomas do not meet this requirement.
 
Q How does the green card lottery work? If my name is selected this year, when will I get my immigrant visa?
A Each year, the law makes 50,000 visas available to immigrants from country's with low immigration rates. That's why they call it the Diversity Visa lottery. Lottery winners get a green card. They must get the visa during the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1 and ends the following Sept. 30 following the year they enter. To adequately process lottery winners, the State Department begins the lottery long ahead of when winners can first get legal residence. The entries the department will accept this October are for individuals who will get permanent residence in the 2012 fiscal year. That year will run from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. The department will notify winners of the DV-2012 lottery in spring 2011.
 
Q If I'm here illegally, can I get a lottery green card?
A Maybe. If you qualify to interview here based on a previously filed immigration case and get your lottery green card. If however, you must travel abroad for your permanent residence interview and you have been here unlawfully more than 180 days, you may face a three- or 10-year bar to returning. The law provides for a waiver, but only for the child or spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Even if you qualify for the waiver, you may not have the time to get one. Since, the government must issue all lottery green cards in the fiscal year for which they are allotted, it's likely that you would not have enough time to process your waiver application before your entry year ends.
 
Q I think I qualify for a lottery green card, but I'm not sure. Should I enter?
A Yes. You can worry about your qualifications if you're a lucky winner.
 
Q Should my spouse and I each file separate applications?
A All family members who qualify should submit separate lottery applications.
 
Q Should I submit more than one entry?
A The State Department claims that it catches people who submit multiple entries and disqualifies them.
 
Q What's the charge for entering the lottery?
A Entering the lottery is free. If you win, you'll pay processing fees to become a permanent resident.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/columnists/wernick/index.html#ixzz10wLiYZGS

CJ 'Mayas Have Customary Land Rights

 

CJ: “Mayas Have Customary Land Rights”
2010-06-28



The Mayas of Southern Belize havecustomary land tenure rights in 33 villages - that's the upshot of a 62 page decision delivered by Chief Justice Abdulai Contehthis morning.

It will be amongst the last judgments issued by the Chief Justice as he retires and his findings were decisively against the government.

For the Mayan Leaders Alliance, which has been formally in the struggle for communal rights since the ten point agreement of 1997, today's judgment is another rousing re-affirmation of their rights to communal lands. But then again, the courts did much the same for them in 2007, and it hardly made a difference on the ground.

And that's why the Mayas went back to court in June of 2009 to get a blanket declaration for all 33 Mayan villages in the Toledo district. The decision was handed down today one year later and the Mayas won every relief they sought except damages. Special correspondent Janelle Chanona found out what it means and what will happen next.

Antoniette Moore, Claimants Attorney
"There's a great deal of anticipation for this judgment and I of course as the lead local counsel am a little nervous. I'm also very excited to have this judgment come on this day and we'll see where we go from here."

In was in that atmosphere and to a packed courtroom that Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Contehhanded down his decision in claim number 366 of 2008, which he referred to as a sequel to the Maya Land Rights case. Viewers should recall that in October 2007, the CJ found that the villagers of Santa Cruz and Conejo were entitled to customary land tenure rights. After the Government failed to implement that ruling, the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcades Association and others moved a new case to have the CJ declare that all Mayan villages in the Toledo District were entitled to such rights and subsequently the protection of the Constitution.

Janelle Chanona
"During the delivery of his two hour long decision, the CJ found and held that Maya Customary land tenure right does exist in all thirty-three villages in the Toledo district. That there are historical, ancestral, social and cultural continuity between the claimants and the indigenous inhabitants that entitle them to lay claim to customary land tenure rights in what is today the Toledo district. On the issue of extinguishment, the CJ found that the claimants rights to customary land tenure were not extinguished by formal distribution of leases and titles by colonial settlers or any such law or act. And finally, the Chief Justice held that undoubtedly the claimants possess rights and interest to lands in the Toledo district and those rights constitute property which entitle them under protection of the constitution to seek redress in the courts for any breach."

The CJ would go on to reaffirm his October 2007 ruling and declare that the Government is obligated to adopt and protect the Constitutional rights of the claimants regarding customary land tenure. In order to achieve that protection, the CJ ordered the Government, in consultation with the Mayans, to devise legislative and administrative measures to create a mechanism to protect land tenure practices. Finally the Chief Justice ordered that until such a mechanism is created, the Government should cease and abstain from any action that goes against land tenure practices specifically, not to issue any leases to lands or resources, registering any interest in land and that any concessions for logging, mining or petroleum exploration be done in consultation with the Mayan communities. The CJ said he made sure his decision was sweeping for the purpose of securing enforcement in these proceedings.

Cristina Coc
"All I can say at this point is that, the exercise of justice is joy for the righteous."

Greg Cho'c
"Words can't describe my emotions. Fifteen years of work, it's an overwhelming joy to know that the justice system in this country finally begins to render the justice that those seek and I can only be extremely happy that a group like the Maya community have mustered the courage to seek justice, to seek a space, to seek a voice, in their future and the future of this country."

Lois Young, Government's Representative
"I think it will go on appeal, it's huge. It's going to cause such a problem. I don't see how it can't go on appeal. It deserves to go on appeal. Not to be spiteful one party on the other but something of this size, has to be tested in an Appellate court."

Antoinette Moore
"I don't the possibility of an appeal or the eventuality of an appeal actually tempers our victory. It is a victory of justice as I believe Ms. Coc just said, it's a victory for the rights of all Belizeans and the fact of an appeal does not temper that whatsoever. We are extremely happy, extremely pleased and we look forward to a higher court confirming these same rights."

From the outset, the Government's attorneys have rejected the Mayans position, insisting that the villagers are not entitled to any relief because they do not have customary land tenure rights.

Lois Young, Government's Representative
"I think that he may not have dealt with Dr. Jaime Awe's evidence in the amount of detail that he should have or given it the weight that it should have been given. I have to read the judgment and see."

"What we are saying is that they have not proven that they are not direct descendants of the Manche Chol. Remember, they are to prove the case. It is not for us to prove that they are not you know. They are to prove that they are the indigenous people and from the very start, we have said that they are not the direct descendants of the Manche Chol."

Greg Cho'c
"The Honourable Prime Minister has had second thoughts on a number of important issues for this country. I'm hoping that this is one of those important issues that he will have a second thought. It's a quantum leap for justice in this country; it's a quantum leap for Belize on a whole. I hope that we can move towards the kind of reconciliation that the Chief Justice spoke about, we want to develop, we want to contribute and I believe the Government wants to ensure that every Belizean have the opportunity to contribute to their own development."

But while an appeal appears inevitable, Moore says the immediate impact will be respect, the first step of reconciliation.

Antoinette Moore
"The owners of the surface have something to say with respect to the exploration of resources underneath their land. Up to this point the Government was conducting itself as if that land was crown land, national land and so the Maya people were essentially blocked out from any consideration with respect to what is beneath their land. They are not claiming that they have a right and a say with respect to what happens."

"They have sat at the table with each Government, they've talked to everyone and anyone who listened, they've attempted to negotiate a resolution without coming to court and in fact one of the results of those discussions was the ten points of agreement so the Mayan people are clearly desirous of cooperating with, acting as a partner to the Government of Belize. The Maya people are Belizean, not withstanding what the Government of Belize argued in this last case, the Mayan people are proud to Belizean and proud to be indigenous peoples."

We do note that in today's judgment the CJ made reference to the fact that it would be reasonable to extend the customary land tenure rights to the five Mayan villages in the Stann Creek district, he could not make a formal ruling as such because it did not form part of the original claim. The Mayan communities have also been granted their court costs. As we noted at the top, they did not qualify for damages because the Chief Justice said they couldn't show any "deprivation" as outlined in law....




Story at 
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=17213

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