We note that the printed version of the opposition newspaper, Belize Times, is back on the streets. The newspaper re-surfaced this past weekend in full color and went on sale on Saturday. The printed edition was discontinued back in August because the paper was losing money and had become unsustainable for the People’s United Party that was also having issues over financing. At the time, the closure of the party organ stirred controversy because three of its long standing employees were sent home. They in turn complained that they had not been given adequate notice nor had they been paid their dues for long years of service. In is present re-incarnation, the color printing of the paper is being outsourced to private printers across the border and is still available online. We can confirm that the three members of staff who were released will not be re-hired. Alberto Vellos remains the editor and Chris Williams the desktop publisher. The plan is to also return to publication on Thursdays. In terms of the business side, attorneys’ Karim Musa and Kevin Arthurs are at the forefront. Musa says that they have sourced a cost effective way for printing that is much more sustainable. In terms of content, it’s much of the same, but we took note of an article called  “Don’t Roll the Dice.”  It does not carry a byline so the impression is that in the P.U.P. organ, there is a position in respect of the ICJ and the October 2013 referendum. The article concludes that if you must, vote NO. But the PUP Leader has said that the opposition will first consult its membership and  then take a position next year.

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