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       San Pedro Daily         Tuesday, July 1, 2008
         
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Marvin Chi Says Police
Left Him Black & Blue

Early this morning 21 year old Marvin Chi was brutally beaten and stoned as he left a night club in San Pedro – and he says that off duty police officers did it. Chi says that around 3 this morning he along with his younger brother and a friend were leaving the Big Daddy’s Night Club when the off duty officers attacked him. The officers were in the company of his common-law wife but chi says they attacked him for no reason.
Marvin Chi, Alleges Police Brutality
“The guys attacked me. I don’t know if they set that up or what was going on with them. I was the first one to get attacked by two guys, one being a police officer and the other a special constable and this is how they left me.”
Keith Swift,
What did they hit you with?
Marvin Chi,
“Well first he came and punched me right in the face here on the side. Then I tried to defend myself but there were others around and so I couldn’t manage to take on all of them. They ended up beating me up.”
Keith Swift,
With what?
Marvin Chi,
“With their hands, they had bricks, the police officer had a bottle. I tried to defend myself but I couldn’t.”

Keith Swift,
So you are in pain right now?
Marvin Chi,
“Definitely I am in pain. I don’t feel alright. My head is hurting me, I have like three bust heads, there is a small piece of my ear missing on the left side, this is something they did without mercy. They just attacked me and beat me up very bad.”
Keith Swift,
And you are saying you didn’t in any way provoke this attack?
Marvin Chi,
“No I didn’t even know those guys. I see them around town and I know they are police officers. I haven’t talked to them or nothing before.”
Keith Swift,
So why would they just beat you for no reason?
Marvin Chi,
“I don’t know. I have my common-law wife, she was with them, I don’t know if they are having an affair or something like that. I don’t know about that. I want to see justice because this is not the first time. I’ve been living in San Pedro for three years and I’ve never been in a fight before. Look at how I am now, they are police officers, they should be setting an example, not doing the opposite which they did to me. I definitely want to see some justice because this has to stop. They are police officers, they can’t be doing this to everyone.”
Chi travelled to Belize City this evening to take a cat scan. He has three large wounds to his head and part of his ear is missing. He has made a police report. Read More


PM Barrow Promises
No New Taxes in Budget

The budget is going to be read within the next two weeks - the latest date in Belize's independent history.  And that's because election were in February, just before the date of the due budget and the new government said it had to get what had been a chaotic house in order before it proposed a new budget. And after a first of its kind series of national consultations led by senior Finance Advisor Dr. Carla Barnett, right now Ministry of Finance technicians are putting the final draft together. Set in lean times made worse by a crushing cost of living, the Prime Minister today told us that his first budget will have some slender offerings to ease the burdens.
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
”What you can expect in the budget for one is no new taxes. For two, the government’s attempt to cushion the blows that people have had to suffer as a result of the increases in the cost of living, fuel and food prices. We are going to be manipulating the GST, we are going to be taking GST off prescription medicines, and off doctor bills period. We are going to be removing whatever duty exists on fertilizers, because again we want to spur the productive effort clearly in agriculture.
And there are going to be particular programs, particular measures, such as the $300 subsidy to people going into high school, into first form, and things we are going to do particularly for single mothers that will indicate that this government is determined, even though it has no control ultimately over the food prices increases and the fuel price increases, this government is determined to do all that it can, and this will be significant, the all that it can do will be significant to, as I say, ameliorate the difficulties that especially the poorest of the poor are experiencing as a consequence of the increase in food and fuel prices.”
As for the $50 million in budgetary support from the Taiwanese, the Prime Minister says he should get half of that this week and the next half will be handed over in August. The date for the budget presentation has not been finalized; the Prime Minister told us it is either July 11TH or the 14TH. By law, the budget has to be passed before the end of July. Read More

ARCHAEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN BELIZE CITY
The sixth annual Belize Archaeology Symposium will open on Wednesday in Belize City. Doctor Jaime Awe, Director of the Institute of Archaeology told us more.
Doctor Jaime Awe: Director, Institute of Archaeology
“This year the main topic of discussion is the rise of cultural complexity. What does that mean in layman’s term? That means why or what were the things that led to the Mayas developing one of the most advance civilization in the new world. We will also be discussing issues about, that have to do with the archaeological research being conducted in every part of the country of Belize. Our lineup include archaeologist working in all six districts and so there will be various topics besides the cultural complexity theme, many archaeologist will be presenting information, new information about the work that they are doing throughout the country.”
The 3 day symposium is being held under the theme: “Ancient Maya Socio-Political Organization and Complexities.” Awe told us more about the purpose of the event.
Doctor Jaime Awe: Director, Institute of Archaeology
“Like all of our other symposiums, there are several different goals. But the main goals is that these symposium are an attempt by the National Institute of Culture and History and by the Institute of Archaeology to provide new information on archeological work that is being done in the country of Belize. The second goal is for us to provide far more data and knowledge to tour guides and people who are interested and educational institutions. And finally it gives us an opportunity to celebrate the rich pre-history that the country of Belize has with the rest of the country. So it is a very important event for us at the institute.”
The symposium will be held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts from July 2 to the 4th starting at 9am each day. Read More
NOTICES
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of
the passing of Jan Jensen of San Pedro.
Jan, originally from Gross Pointe Michigan and her husband Jim moved to our island 18 months ago and purchased the Liquor Box in town.
Jan immediately incorporated herself into the community and made friends with
everyone she met.
Jan made a positive impact to our community.
Jan is survived by her husband Jim and brothers Bob and Rick Petrich of the United States.
Church services and a gathering to celebrate our memories of Jan are being finalized.
Dates and times will be announced.
Jim would like to specifically thank all of
Jan's friends who kept her in their thoughts
and prayers during her illness.


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