When Marion Jones? 2004 Olympics ended in Athens last Friday with a botched baton pass in the 4x100 relays, the contrast with Sydney four years ago was, of course, stark. The contrast was exceedingly painful. In Australia in 2000, Marion won several gold medals and was the Olympics? greatest star. 2004 in Athens, Marion had not qualified for any of the sprints, finished fifth in the long jump, and, almost as a back door invitee in the unfortunate relays, exited Athens with a look of shock and disbelief on her face.
Between 1974 and 1984, Said Musa lost four out of five elections. (For purposes of this analysis, we classify the 1983 national convention of the ruling People?s United Party in which Hon. Said Musa challenged the incumbent, Hon. Louis Sylvestre, for the chairmanship of the PUP, as an election.) Mr. Musa was defeated as the PUP standard bearer in the Fort George constituency by the UDP?s Dean Lindo in 1974. He was defeated in 1977 as a member of the PUP?s Belize City Council slate. (The UDP won all nine CitCo seats.) Mr. Musa then won the Fort George seat in 1979, defeating Mr. Lindo. Said then lost when he challenged Mr. Sylvestre in that aforementioned 1983 PUP convention. And finally, he lost his Fort George seat to Mr. Lindo in 1984.
The chairman of the board of the University of Belize has requested that the president of the university and her relevant officials compile a listing of the assets of the university. Once this is done, the board proper will review the assets and decide how best to proceed in order to raise about $360,000 for pay increases to faculty and staff which were due in March of this year.
5% and 8% salary increases were promised to UB?s faculty and staff by the Government of Belize. Some weeks ago, however, GOB informed the university that it was unable to meet the commitment, and suggested that UB use its $7.5 million subsidy from GOB to honor the GOB promise. The problem with this is that UB is running a $2.7 million deficit in this year?s budget, and financing the pay increases would drive the deficit over the $3 million dollar mark.