TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2004 Country Rank
2004 CPI Score 12
4.2 Trinidad and Tobago
In spite of a public pledge from the current political administration that it would aggressively combat corruption, today?s report from a leading international watchdog agency against corruption said Belize is viewed as more corrupt than it was a year ago.
At press time this evening, we were unable to get feedback from the Prime Minister, Hon. Said Musa, on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2004, published by Transparency International (TI), which places Belize 60thamong 146 countries.
Mark Gardiner, 24, construction worker of #102 Jane Usher Boulevard was shot yesterday, Wednesday, sometime between 8:00-8:30 p.m. near his residence.
Gardiner, from his hospital bed, told Amandala that he had returned home after going to a shop, located about two lanes from his house, and was pushing the key into the door when something told him to look around. He said that that was when he noticed two young men on bicycles, and he heard a loud bang.
Assistant Superintendent Michael Gutierrez was generally considered one of the police force?s more esteemed officers in the eyes of the public, but last week it seems that his promising career came to a screeching halt when he was retired from the force almost eight years early.
Amandala spoke to a well-informed source in the Corozal police unit, who told us the story behind Gutierrez?s discharge.
Carnival?s $100 million project proceeds, says PM Musa
The Government has managed to overcome a major hurdle that had threatened to stall a 100-million-project for Carnival Corporation to build a cruise port on the Southside of Belize City.
But scaling that hurdle?a threatened lawsuit from Carnival?s leading competitor, Royal Caribbean?could cost the Government between US$1 million and US$2 million a year, based on Amandala?s calculations using current passenger arrival figures and future projections from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).
Two weeks after Government announced its $35 million budget cut, the Prime Minister confirmed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is coming to Belize.
In a pre-recorded interview distributed to the media this afternoon, the Prime Minister, Hon. Said Musa, attempted to allay fears that the new wave of belt tightening would lead to an IMF structural adjustment program, or an IMF bail-out, like the one we had entered in December 1984, just before the PUP was voted out of office.
Dual Ernest Wagner, better known as ?Coolas,? an unemployed 16-year-old of #44 Plues Street, was shot to death on Friday, October 8, at approximately 1:35 a.m., while he was at Bismark Night Club, located at #43 Queen Charlotte Street, Belize City.
The shooter reportedly walked up behind Wagner, shot him once in his forehead, and then ran.
Wagner, who was wearing a blue checkered shirt and blue shorts, was left lying face up, beside a toilet, in a pool of his own blood, said police. However, police said that they are not certain whether Wagner was inside the bathroom or near the door when he was shot.
In its third meeting to review the operations of the Social Security Board (SSB) over the last five years, the Special Select Committee of the Senate (SSCS), appointed in September, has found that only about a fifth of the loans that the SSB has given out were adequately secured.
Furthermore, the committee discovered that for a six-month period, from September 2000 to February 2001 inclusive, the Investment Committee of the Social Security Board continued to operate, having ?regular meetings,? even though their official appointments had already expired.
National Bus Owners Organization says Zabaneh?s bid ?greater mistake?
Bus commuters, in general, continue to have to put up with late, overcrowded and dilapidated buses, and those who have to wait along the nations highways are further faced with the misfortune of having to wait sometimes for hours for a bus to take them to their desired destination. Daily, the cries continue from commuters, who see no hope of any improvements in sight.
Speaking with Amandala today, Froylan Gilharry, chair of the 70-member National Bus Owners Organization (NBOO), said that the problem won?t be solved until the Government and bus owners sit together and work out a long-term plan for the industry?one that he said would involve those who have invested in the industry for over 40 years.
Jevon Mahler, 10, may have lost proper sight in one of his eyes after he was kicked in the face by a circus horse.
Jevon?s mother, Patricia Lanza, sent him to buy something for her at a nearby shop around 3:00 on Friday evening, October 8, and while running his errand, Jevon decided to go sneak a peek at the exotic animals at the circus grounds ? City Center yard on Central American Boulevard. Jevon lives on Nargusta Street, a short distance from the Belize City Center.
It was terrifying.
Between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. last night, 5 men with pistols, dressed in black and wearing masks, ?pulled up? on 5 men who were gambling in a yard located at 98 Cemetery Road.
?Everybody down on the ground,? said one of the gunmen, as he and his cronies pointed their pistols in the faces of the men who were around the gambling table.