Friday, March 30, 2012
To all residents of Crooked Tree Village, descendants of Crooked Tree Village and friends of Crooked Tree Village. We would appreciate you adding your name and address in the comment section of this blog post so that it could be added to a petition we will be circulating in the village. This petition will be delivered to the PM's office in Belmopan.
Together we stand united!!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The case of Trayvon Martin brings to question the particular role that race plays in our understanding of social events. It is never as if we are divorced from that consideration, however when a precious life is lost and dark questions loom in the daylight, we are forced to simply wonder. When a journalist from the Miami Herald can be insensitive enough to ask a grieving mother if her son ate chicken, then stifle her giggles, not being able to get past the racial innuendo that involves Black people and fried chicken, all we can do is wonder why her journalistic integrity has not been called to question or seen as compromised. How valuable is Black life?
Johannes Mehserle is now free after taking the life of Oscar Grant. Detective Michael Oliver along with Gescard F Ignore, Marc Cooper and Officer Michael Carey have all been acquitted-never having been tried in front of a jury of their peers after Oliver accounted for 31 of the 50 rounds found lodged in Sean Bell’s vehicle. Black people [especially] all over the world are wondering: How precious is Black life? In all three instances, (including the case of Trayvon Martin) a majority of white men had the authority to decide whether or not a Black man lives or dies. A decision made at the same instant that the round left the chamber, not even taking the time to consider the innocence of an unarmed man. In all three instances, this was based on suspicion alone.
Perhaps these are unrelated and isolated events that only represent a small percent of happenings. Or perhaps they are mere ripples in our waters of discord that have been spat out from the centrifuge that is the United States of America’s unequivocal dissonance on racial matters. As we spin wildly out of control, praying to whatever Gods may be, our disillusionment is only compounded by two simple what ifs. What if there are more untold stories of the like that haven’t made the news, and what if the racism imbedded in America’s institutions have run so deep that social movements for equality will continue to run their course and eventually be re-integrated into the social tapestry that is racist America.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
According to French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, the suspect claims to be linked to al-Qaeda and to have been in Afghanistan, where many Western Muslims are believed to have been trained by al-Qaeda. ‘He wanted revenge for the Palestinian children and he also wanted to take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions,’ Gueant said.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The cabinet members are as follows:
- Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development – Rt. Hon Dean Oliver Barrow
- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture – Hon Gaspar Vega (CEO – Beverly Castillo)
- Ministry of Trade Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection – Hon Erwin Raphael Contreras (CEO – Sharman Hyde)
- Attorney General and Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Hon Wilfred ‘Sedi” Elrington (CEO – Alexis Rosado)
- Ministry of National Security – Hon John Saldivar (CEO – Col. George Lovell)
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Development – Hon Michael Finnegan (CEO – Lawrence Sylvester)
- Ministry of Works and Transport – Hon. Rene Montero (CEO – Carlston Goff)
- Ministry of Tourism and Culture – Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. (CEO – Lindsay Garbutt)
- Ministry of Health – Hon. Pablo Marin (CEO – Dr. Peter Allen)
- Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation – Anthony “Boots” Martinez (CEO – Judith Alpuche)
- Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports – Hon. Patrick Faber (CEO – David Leacock)
- Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, Sustainable Development and Indigenous People – Hon. Senator Liselle Alamilla (CEO – Dr. Wendel Parham)
- Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities – Hon. Senator Joy Grant (CEO – Dr. Colin Young)
- Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and NEMO – Hon. Senator Godwin Hulse (CEO – Candy Saldivar)
- Ministry of Public Service and Elections and Boundaries – Hon. Senator Charles Gibson (CEO – Marion McNab)
Ministers of State
- Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (with special emphasis on Economic Development) – Hon. Santiago Castillo
- Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (with special emphasis on Agriculture – Hon. Hugo Patt
- Ministry of State of in the Ministry of National Security ((with special emphasis on Immigration and Border Protection & Immigration Department) – Hon. Elvin Penner
- Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Transport (with special emphasis on Transport) – Hon. Edmond Castro
- Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (with special emphasis on the Conscious Youth Development Programme and the Gang Truce Programme) – Hon. Mark King
- Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (with special emphasis on Youth and Sports) – Hon. Herman Longsworth
Other GOB appointed Senators
- Senator Mark Pech
- Senator Juliet Thimbrel
Saturday, March 10, 2012
"I, Dean Oliver Barrow, do swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Belize; and will uphold the constitution and laws; and that I will conscientiously, impartially and to the best of my ability, discharge my duties as the Prime Minister of Belize, and do right to all manner of people without fear or favor, affection or ill will, so help me, God."
Mr. Barrow signed the oath and then the instrument of appointment, which is countersigned by the Head Of State, and with that, Prime Minister Dean Barrow entered his second consecutive term as Prime Minister - the first UDP leader to do so - worthy of a salutary greeting from the Governor General - who once taught the young Dean Barrow.
Governor General, Sir Colville Young: "I want to congratulate you and your party for your victory. I trust that it will be a victory not for the party, but for Belize, and that the new term, will be as fruitful for the prosperity and well-being of Belize. Once again, I offer congratulations to you and your team of valued partners."
Read more: http://belizean.com/reelected-belize-prime-minister-will-turn-to-chavez-for-fuel-1100/#ixzz1omi8CveF
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
And how ironic it is that Israel finds itself surrounded by modern day "Hamans", openly calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Tensions are high as Belize gets ready for national and municipal elections. In a few hours, Belizeans will be lining up to make their voices be heard, and will be choosing which party will lead the next government of Belize.
Prince Harry has sent a message of thanks to the Governor-General and the people of Belize for their warm and friendly reception over the weekend.
Message from Prince Harry:
Thank you for such a warm and friendly welcome to such a beautiful country. In only 23 hours, I feel as though I have seen so much of Belize through the thousands of people who lined the way. I am hugely grateful for the very happy memories, and I’m very sad to leave. I will pass on your good wishes to my grandmother, our Queen, on her Diamond Jubilee.
['Thank you' in Kriol]
Prince Harry was in Belize as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of his grandmother’s, Queen Elizabeth II, 60th year on the throne. During the Prince’s visit he attended a massive citywide block party held in his honor at Belmopan City, the nation’s capital, where he also conducted the naming service for Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard. He also explored the ancient Maya temple of Xunantunich.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Shimon was born a world away from here, in a shtetl in what was then Poland, a few years after the end of the first world war. But his heart was always in Israel, the historic homeland of the Jewish people. And when he was just a boy he made his journey across land and sea – toward home.
In his life, he has fought for Israel's independence, and he has fought for peace and security. As a member of the Haganah and a member of the Knesset, as a minister of defense and foreign affairs, as a prime minister and as president – Shimon helped build the nation that thrives today: the Jewish state of Israel. But beyond these extraordinary achievements, he has also been a powerful moral voice that reminds us that right makes might – not the other way around.
Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, "slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity, and freedom." And he has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings. I am grateful for his life's work and his moral example. And I'm proud to announce that later this spring, I will invite Shimon Peres to the White House to present him with America's highest civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This is an extremely well-deserved recognition, because he has dedicated his life to peace. His whole life has been a message of peace; the alternative, war, is the last resort. Blessings and protection over you Mr. Peres and the State of Israel!
Photo: Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with President Obama in Washington on Sunday.(Moshe Milner / Israeli Government Press Office via Associated Press)
Saturday, March 3, 2012
On his final engagement, Prince Harry also visited the remaining members of BATSUB (British Army Training Support Unit Belize) in Belize where he laid a wreath at a monument erected for all the decease British Soldiers while on duty in Belize. He also met members of the Ex-service League.
Prince Harry left Phillip Goldson International Airport at 4:00 p. m on his way to the Bahamas to continue his tour.
Photo #1: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109868/Prince-Harrys-Lion-King-moment-receives-hugs-dancing-girls-warm-welcome-locals.html
Photo #2: San Pedro Sun
Prince Harry's Belizean adventure continues with a tour of the Maya archaeological site of Xunantunich.
Harry is known as the Party Prince, and certainly lived up to his unofficial moniker, as he showed the adoring population he is not a stiff upper lipped monarch. Indeed after a few refreshments the Apache helicopter pilot was the life and soul of the festivities, and even danced and joked with Belizean women. www.travelbelize.org
Read more Here:http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16181412