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August 22, 2017

Belize

Ryan Thompson Gunned Down over Misunderstanding

Source: Channel 5 Belize Another violent weekend across the country has ended with three murders being reported.  Two men were shot and killed in Belize City and San Pedro on Sunday, while another man was hacked to death down south.  The most recent of those killings happened on Neal’s Pen Road shortly after nine…

Carpenter/Fisherman Murdered in San Pedro

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Sunday afternoon, in the heart of San Pedro Town, gunfire erupted inside a bar, just a stone’s throw from the Central Park. Thirty-four-year-old Armando Lopez, who was originally from Corozal, was the target of at least one gunman who pounced on him as he had a beer at the…

Scott Charles: Were Drugs a Motive for Murder?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Scott Charles Four days prior to Lopez’s murder, his friend Scott Charles was targeted inside his home in the Bayside neighborhood. Charles heard a knock and when he opened the front door, a barrage of bullets would be unleashed on him. The twenty-four-year-old was airlifted to the K.H.M.H., but died…

Broaster Heads to Ambergris for Crime Assessment

Source: Channel 5 Belize The gun violence on the island began one week ago in the San Pedrito area of town. On August twelfth, Lloyd Tyndall was shot multiple times to the abdomen and left leg and remains in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. During that attack at the Easy…

4 Arrests for Firearms in San Pedro, Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Over two hundred rounds of ammunition and six firearms were taken off the streets during operations conducted across the country. A significant amount of those came from San Pedro, for which eighteen-year-old Aureliano Pascual and a seventeen-year-old female have been charged for kept unlicensed and prohibited firearm and ammunition without…

Laborer Hacked to Death Down South, in Santa Cruz

Source: Channel 5 Belize Edward Broaster There was also a murder in Santa Cruz Village over the weekend.  On Sunday morning, shortly before ten o’clock, Independence police were called out to the roadside community where they observed the lifeless body of a Hispanic man.  He was later identified as Juan Jose Ortega.  The Salvadoran…

Police Strike a POSE over Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize A countrywide law enforcement operation which began at the stroke of twelve last Wednesday morning has resulted in a number of seizures, including contraband alcohol, illegally harvested seafood, firearms and ammunition, as well as illegal immigrants.  POSE, short for Police Operations Simultaneous Everywhere, concluded over the weekend, but not before…

Salvadoran Shot While Running from Police

Source: Channel 5 Belize Edward Broaster A Salvadoran national is under police guard at the Western Regional Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for a gunshot wound he sustained on Saturday.  Twenty-four-year-old Juan Jeremias was shot by officers attached to the Mobile Interdiction Team after being chased into a citrus orchard off the…

P.M. Concedes: Vega Land Deals ‘Is What It Is’

Source: Channel 5 Belize They were first mentioned to Prime Minister Dean Barrow a few weeks ago, at which time he claimed not to have seen them. But one hundred and eighteen leaked documents from the Lands Department reveal another land grab by members of the family of former minister Gaspar Vega on Ramsey…

New Amendments to Laws, Start of Lands Re-Organization

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow And perhaps in acknowledgement of the continued problems in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Prime Minister Dean Barrow brought three bills to the House on Friday for first reading. The Land Utilization Amendment Bill strengthens the membership of the Land Subdivision and Utilization Authority; a second amendment to…

Update on Hummingbird Highway low-boy accident

Source: Amandala News HUMMINGBIRD HIGHWAY, Hershey Community, Cayo District, Thurs. Aug. 17, 2017–Three of four men who were traveling in a low-boy truck survived a road traffic accident when the truck overturned between Miles 38 and 39 on the Hummingbird Highway, near the […] Link: Update on Hummingbird Highway low-boy accident

Works’ $1.7 mil deal with Special Effects

Source: Amandala News The Ministry paid more than 5 times the going rate for certain vehicle parts, and Audit is uncertain whether the vast majority of items bought from the unregistered company were ever lodged with the ministry, or whether they were siphoned […] Link: Works’ .7 mil deal with Special Effects

Garifuna leaders disapprove of reinstatement of Eldred Neal

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Aug. 16, 2017–Leaders of two prominent Garifuna organizations, the United Garifuna Association Inc., representing Garinagu residing in the United States, and the National Garifuna Council (NGC), representing Garinagu in Belize, have expressed their disapproval of the decision […] Link: Garifuna leaders disapprove of reinstatement of Eldred Neal

Belize’s onerous departure tax

Source: Amandala News A short-sighted non-solution that exacerbates rather than solves… Dear Editor, History is littered with ill-conceived policies that were rashly implemented to fix problems, only to make them worse. Often made in haste, and without proper consultation, these so-called solutions have […] Link: Belize’s onerous departure tax

Guatemala claims and the Special Agreement

Source: Amandala News News is that the Guatemalan Congress has approved the holding of the Referendum to take the Guatemalan claims to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), their public education campaign has commenced, and their national referendum is scheduled to be held […] Link: Guatemala claims and the Special Agreement

Tropical Storm Harvey could threaten Belize early next week

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 17, 2017–Belizeans are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Harvey, the 8th named storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, which formed east of the Caribbean islands earlier today with winds of 40 miles per hour. […] Link: Tropical Storm Harvey could threaten Belize early next

Over $600,000 for BSCAP CEO; $2,500 for BSCAP members

Source: Amandala News Tanya Carter said that 6 years ago, BSCAP paid her a pittance — $20 BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 17, 2017–Seven days ago, Music Ambassador and political aspirant, Shyne Barrow, son of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, dropped a bombshell with his […] Link: Over 0,000 for BSCAP CEO; ,500 for BSCAP

Rough vibes from Russell Czarnecki

Source: Amandala News Dear Editor, Is it mere incompetence, or is it simple GREED ? Let’s put down our rum and Cokes for a minute and ask ourselves, what has the GOB ever done that contributed to the stability and betterment of society? A […] Link: Rough vibes from Russell Czarnecki

G.O.B. Begins Road to Decriminalizing Marijuana

Source: Channel 5 Belize Five years after the first proposals were made and three years after an officially constituted committee, today G.O.B. brought legislation to the House to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act. The Bill seeks to decriminalize the possession of cannabis or marijuana in amounts not exceeding ten grams or less than…

P.M. and Louis Wade Clash over Science of Decriminalization

Source: Channel 5 Belize But there will be opposition to the bill, primarily from church groups. They believe that marijuana along with alcohol is a ‘gateway drug’ to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin and that the amount chosen to regulate is arbitrary. Prime Minister Dean Barrow shied away from direct confrontation with…

NEAB Says No; P.M. Has ‘Ultra-Liberal’ Agenda

Source: Channel 5 Belize The National Evangelical Association of Belize has registered its disagreement with the proposed new legislation, which it says is a wrong move in the wrong direction that will bring wrong results. It cites its own package of scientific studies and reports showing the danger of marijuana use in younger persons…

Oil Moratorium Becomes Law, but Has Anything Changed?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow By its next session in October, a bill formally legislating the indefinite moratorium against offshore oil exploration activity should be before the House of Representatives. It is considered a major victory for environmental groups including OCEANA. But does this mean a complete ban on exploration of any kind…

Environmentalists Savor Victory ‘For All’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Janelle Chanona OCEANA in Belize has been lobbying tirelessly for a complete ban on offshore exploration since it established itself in the country under the leadership of Audrey Matura.  During that time, the organization partnered with the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage to hold a referendum on offshore…

Harvey Coming; Belizeans get ready

Source: Channel 5 Belize Going into the weekend, the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has issued its first advisory in respect of Tropical Storm Harvey which continues a westward path in the direction of Belize.  TS Harvey is presently one thousand, seven hundred miles away from the country and is moving at a speed…

Bowen Distribution Center Robbed; 2 Detained

Source: Channel 5 Belize The distribution center of Bowen and Bowen located at Slaughterhouse Road in Belize City was robbed on Thursday night. The brazen robbery occurred before eight o’clock and involved four masked men. Of the four, two were armed; they held up personnel and proceeded to carry out the heist which netted…

Shooting Victim in Customs Incident Remains under Coma

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dwayne Almendarez The family of thirty-year-old Dwayne Almendarez is demanding answers from the Belize Police Department.  The Yo Creek resident remains in an induced coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being shot multiple times during an altercation involving a team of B.D.F. soldiers and customs personnel in the…

Why It’s Better to Wait for Re-Registration

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The decision to postpone re-registration to 2018, after the municipal elections and before a planned referendum to the International Court of Justice, has raised hackles. Having waited twenty years, opponents say Belize should not wait a moment longer to clean up the voters’ list. But the Government maintains,…

Murder Victim “Shot Up” at San Pedro House

Source: Channel 5 Belize Scott Charles The latest murder victim is a tour guide and fisherman from San Pedro killed within days of a shooting that left an adult and two minors injured. On Wednesday night, a group of men went to the Elliott sub division house of Scott Charles where he was with…

1-Year Integrity Commission ‘a Joke’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Julius Espat Formed last December, the Integrity Commission was intended to provide independent assessment of the assets of Belizeans in public life. But a few weeks ago it was announced that the Commission would only be investigating the declarations from the current year due to pressure from legal authorities and…

Can Guatemala’s Referendum Be Trusted?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Following a round of fruitless bilateral discussions with Guatemala in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016, which ultimately failed to produce a Sarstoon Protocol, the former foreign minister’s perspective on the matter has shifted to one of skepticism.  The pending referendum, she says, will find Belize in a catch twenty-two, since…

Carnival Goes through Belchina This Year

Source: Channel 5 Belize While the Battle of Saint George’s Caye and Independence Day remain the twin towers of the September Celebrations Calendar, in Belize City, the Carnival Road March reaches those heights.  September ninth will see hundreds of revelers on the City’s streets and many more watching from the sidewalks and at home.…

Relief for Indigent Property Taxes is Based on Process

Source: Channel 5 Belize Philip Willoughby Campaign efforts to elect a U.D.P. mayoral candidate for Belize City are in full swing and, as expected with any political race, promises are being made ahead of the August twenty-seventh convention, as well as the March 2018 municipal elections.  Among those assurances is a relief for residents…

Julius Promises Governance Reform under P.U.P.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Julius Espat As you’ve heard at the top of the news, two-term representative Julius Espat is under no illusions about the state of Belize’s governance, which he says can be traced back to the handover from colonial masters to Belizean ones.  And he readily acknowledges the deep cynicism that pervades…

3 Arraigned for Beating of Kevin Brown; Court Simmers with Tension

Source: Channel 5 Belize James Young Jr., Jafari Castro & Gilbert Franklin Jr. There was high drama in the Magistrate Court today when twenty-one-year-old Jafari Castro of Maskall , the son of Minister Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro, eighteen-year-old construction worker Gilbert Franklin Junior of Burrell Boom, and twenty-one-year-old James Young Junior, a boat…

Police Say Shot O.W. Man Challenged Customs Officers at Yo Creek

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dwayne Almendarez Thirty-year-old Dwayne Almendarez, an Orange Walk resident of the Union Town area tonight remains in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot by a Customs Officer. While the Customs Department denied giving an interview or any information on the incident,…

More on the Special G.O.B. Relationship with ‘Special Effects’

Source: Channel 5 Belize An audit conducted for the period 2012-2013 by the Auditor General is exposing blatant disregard for the appropriation law and other government regulations. On Tuesday night, we reported on sweetheart deals within the Ministry of Works where Special Effects and Special Effects Performance became the majority provider of supplies to…

Sedi Deals with Progresso Heights Case Privately

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Minister Elrington was also asked about an embarrassing case that has gone as far as the Caribbean Court of Justice, brought against him by Progresso Heights Limited.  The court had given Elrington thirty days to hand over land documents to the company and that deadline is soon approaching,…

Education Minister Stands by Gwen Liz Investigation

Source: Channel 5 Belize Doctor Lorna McKay, principal of Gwen Lizarraga High School, was sent on administrative leave on August seventh during the Tropical Storm Franklin scare, when she was visited with a letter from chairman of the Board of Directors of the school, Roosevelt Blades.  Blades is the community representative and the right-hand…

Charge for Employee Accused of Robbing Caribbean Tire

Source: Channel 5 Belize Omar Gomez In an update to a burglary at Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout, Cayo, over the weekend, police have arrested a company employee. He is twenty-two-year-old Omar Gomez, a truck driver of Billy White village. Today, he was taken to San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court and charged with Burglary, Handling…

No General Elections till 2020

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington With municipal elections coming up in March 2018, the speculation has been that the U.D.P. will be pulling a fast one and calling general elections at the same time so that the Prime Minister can proceed to retire early with no losses under his belt.  Senior Minister Wilfred…

Belize Rural Kids Get School Bags for New Year

Source: Channel 5 Belize The new school year starts in a couple of weeks for primary school children across the country. Today, the Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department had a back to school initiative where almost two hundred children from all thirty-two villages in its jurisdiction received school bags and supplies. News…

Taiwan Helps Out with Back to School for Albert Division

Source: Channel 5 Belize Today, we also found politicians tying down loose ends in assisting residents with expenses for the new school year.  This morning, Albert Area Representative Tracy Panton received a donation from Taiwanese Ambassador Charles Liu.  A cheque for five thousand dollars, earmarked for the people of Albert, was handed over to…

The Dangriga Sub-Treasury jacked

Source: Amandala News Thief escaped with $1,700 DANGRIGA, Stann Creek District, Fri. Aug. 11, 2017–A bare-faced thief with a sawed-off shotgun robbed the Dangriga Sub-Treasury, which is located in a building complex on Main Street, today. Reports are that the thief entered the […] Link: The Dangriga Sub-Treasury jacked

WANTED!

Source: Amandala News Cops seek Jafari Castro, Gilbert Franklin, Jr., and James Young, Jr. SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Mon. Aug. 14, 2017–On Saturday afternoon, police confirmed that warrants had been issued for the arrests of men believed to have been involved in the […] Link: WANTED!

Francine Pitts, Belize City Council tax collector, dead at 46

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 14, 2017–Francine Pitts, who was employed as a tax collector for the Belize City Council, was pronounced dead on arrival on Saturday, August 12, at the Western Regional Hospital. The mother of 6 children, an asthmatic, […] Link: Francine Pitts, Belize City Council tax collector, dead

Anna Banner-Guy loses bid to remain on Belmopan CitCo slate

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Sun. Aug. 13, 2017–The United Democratic Party (UDP) held an endorsement convention today for its mayoral candidate for the Belmopan City Council race that is scheduled to take place next year March. Khalid Belisle, the incumbent mayor, will head […] Link: Anna Banner-Guy loses bid to remain on Belmopan

PG cops charged with extortion of school principal

Source: Amandala News PUNTA GORDA, Toledo District, Mon. Aug. 14, 2017–On Friday, two police officers were dragged into the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s court, where they were arraigned on charges of extortion. They both pleaded not guilty and were offered bail of $3,000 each, […] Link: PG cops charged with extortion of school principal

Corruption as PUDP culture

Source: Amandala News In this newspaper’s 48 years of existence, we have been privileged, at various points in time and for various periods, to work with all four Prime Ministers of Belize – Right Hon. George Price, Right Hon. Manuel Esquivel, Right Hon. […] Link: Corruption as PUDP culture

La corrupción como cultura PUDP

Source: Amandala News En los 48 años de existencia de este periódico, hemos tenido el privilegio, en varios momentos y por distintos períodos, de trabajar con los cuatro primeros ministros de Belize, el Honorable George Price, el Honorable Manuel Esquivel, el Honorable Said […] Link: La corrupción como cultura PUDP

BDFA Interoffice Football Week 5 results

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 14, 2017–Week 5 games in the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interoffice Football Tournament 2017 were played last week Wednesday and Thursday, August 9 and 10, at the MCC Grounds. In the opener on Wednesday, Tourist […] Link: BDFA Interoffice Football Week 5 results

PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season kicks off with a bang!!

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 14, 2017–Despite the two-week delay in commencement and very little fanfare to mark the occasion, the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season nevertheless kicked off with a real bang, with all 8 teams seeing […] Link: PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season kicks off with a

Artists rally as Shyne renews challenge to BSCAP

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are more details available tonight on the state of finances of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Last week, Shyne Barrow resigned abruptly when it became known that his predecessor Heather Cunningham and current Chair of BSCAP, was charging more than half a million dollars in fees…

BSCAP Chairperson Heather Cunningham hits back

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the Phone: Heather Cunningham Late this evening, BSCAP’s chairwoman, attorney Heather Cunningham, responded to claims being made by Shyne during a press conference earlier today.  Those statements cast a negative light on Cunningham, as well as the organization because she is, for all intents and purposes, being accused of…

Christian Espat arraigned for weekend shooting

Source: Channel 5 Belize As police were announcing the arrest of twenty-one-year-old Christian Espat on Monday evening for charges of attempted murder, deadly means of harm and dangerous harm for a shooting incident on Ambergris Caye over the weekend, he was being brought to Belize City and arraigned even before getting to speak with…

Fuel prices for regular and diesel going up again

Source: Channel 5 Belize It’s been a month since the last increase at the pumps, but get ready for another crunching increase in fuel prices.  At midnight tonight, regular gasoline rises by a whopping fifty-one cents, to ten dollars twenty-one cents from nine dollars seventy cents. Diesel prices sit at eight dollars eighty-two cents,…

Cop facing charges for gun bust

Source: Channel 5 Belize One week ago, Police Constable Franklin Ramirez was busted by fellow officers in the Mobile Interdiction Team along with three civilians. He was driving a vehicle carrying a gun hidden secretly under the dashboard coming across from Guatemala.  He was charged for firearm and ammunition offenses and is out on…

Two more suspects in Caribbean Tire robbery

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the Phone: Supt. Richard Rosado San Ignacio police continue to investigate the burglary of the Caribbean Tires depot in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, which is believed to be an inside job. On Saturday some twenty thousand U.S. dollars in cash; five thousand in cheques and an undisclosed amount in…

Immigration, Mines to charge Chiquibul gold panners

Source: Channel 5 Belize Over the weekend San Ignacio police received six Guatemalan nationals – thirty-eight years old Agusto Perez Gonzalez of Dolores, Petén; twenty-six years old Wilfredo Antoniel Chavez of Barrio Nuevo; eighteen year old Dimas Espana of Las Brisas; and three minors all seventeen years of age. They were caught digging for…

Harvey could still threaten Belize

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Weather forecasts indicate that the remnants of former Tropical Storm Harvey will continue to track west-northwestward through the Caribbean Sea and eventually into the Bay of Campeche where a regeneration of the system could occur this week. Hostile winds above broke Harvey apart on Saturday,…

Man shot by Customs officer dies

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Dwane Almendarez, 30, a resident of Union Town, Orange Walk, who was shot by Customs Department personnel on Tuesday, has died. Almendarez died early Saturday morning, after holding on for four days. A joint team of Belize Defense Force and Customs officers had searched a…

ACP Broaster Denies Any Political Interference in Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Edward Broaster So with all the confusion surrounding the whodunit mystery, is the department attempting to protect Jafari Castro and his alleged accomplices?  According to ACP Broaster, there hasn’t been any political interference during the course of their investigation, despite the abrupt transfer of Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood.  Last Wednesday, it…

Cop Charged for Unlawfully Removing Urine Sample

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ismael Monima This morning, Police Constable Ismael Monima was taken before the Corozal Magistrate’s Court for tampering with evidence. The junior officer is being accused of perverting the course of justice after he removed a urine specimen from the Traffic Office at the Corozal Police Station. According to a Corporal…

Chester Williams Says No Mercy for Cops Accused of Wrongdoing

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chester Williams On Friday, Monima was charged with Perverting the Course of Justice and was held in lockdown until today when he was arraigned. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that corruption within the department will not be tolerated.   ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Professional Standards Branch “I will…

Police Nab Suspect, Cash in Caribbean Tire Robbery

Source: Channel 5 Belize Some twenty thousand U.S. dollars in cash, five thousand dollars in checks and an undisclosed amount of Belizean currency were stolen over the weekend from the Caribbean Tires office in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District.  But the money has been recovered through community and police work. Tonight, an employee is detained…

Anna Banner Guy is Odd Woman Out in Belmopan

Source: Channel 5 Belize This weekend, there was political activity in two major western municipalities. The incumbent United Democratic Party sought to fill six councilor seats from seven participants in Belmopan, joining an incumbent mayor, while in San Ignacio and Santa Elena it was the other way around for the People’s United Party –…

P.U.P. Returns Marconi Matus in Twin Towns

Source: Channel 5 Belize In San Ignacio/Santa Elena, the People’s United Party gathered at Sacred Heart College.  Former mayor Marconi Matus defeated rivals Javier “Colonel” Castellanos and Arthur Smith to head up the team.  He received three hundred and forty-five votes compared to two hundred and sixty-one for Smith and two hundred and forty…

Harvey dissipates; meteorologists still cautious

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Tropical Storm Harvey has lost its strength and has been downgraded to a tropical wave; however, authorities are still monitoring its remains, as meteorologists suspect it can regain strength. As of this morning, the remnants of Harvey was centered near 14.3N and 71.8W or about…

Rotaract and Westrac support education at Ebenezer Methodist school

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Today, the Rotaract Club of Belize City and Westrac Limited, assisted 150 students from Ebenezer Methodist School today with school bags containing school supplies. Representatives from the Rotaract and Westrac met with students, parents and the staff of EMS at 10 a.m., to hand over…

NEMO on alert for Tropical Storm Harvey

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) says it is on alert, given the pending Tropical Storm Harvey, but has not activated. The latest advisory from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which was issued this morning, warns that Harvey is moving toward the west…

New Bills passed during House Meeting

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Following the House of Representatives special sitting on Friday, town councils now have more autonomy when it comes to raising funds for Capital Projects; and the Government of Belize has placed a moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize. The town councils have been empowered…

NEAB makes statement on marijuana decriminalization

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The National Evangelical Association of Belize, on Friday, spoke out against the Government of Belize’s decision to decriminalize 10 grams of marijuana. NEAB said that it is convinced the move is an incremental step towards full legalization of marijuana in Belize. The organization, which says…

Bail for Castro and friends

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Jafari Castro, son of Transport Minister Edmond Castro, is out on bail this week, after being formally charged and arraigned on a single count of harm against Kevin Brown. Police charged Castro, 21, jointly with James Young, 19, and Gilbert Franklin, 21. All three men…

Gas prices go up again

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers This week, gas prices had its tenth price adjustment since the start of 2017, with both Regular and Diesel fuels seeing increases. The increase took effect at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, sending Regular fuel up by 51 cents, from $9.70 a gallon to $10.21. Diesel went up…

Diabetes could be better control with new medical inventions

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The invention of artificial pancreas device system, coupled with a digital contact lens, patented by Google, that can measure blood glucose levels from tears may be two inventions that can help to better control diabetes. The world’s first artificial pancreas has been proven to monitor…

Taiwan makes contribution to health

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali Assistant Editor The Republic of China (Taiwan) this week gave the Ministry of Health US$ 221,850 for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure project. The donation on Monday at the Corozal Community Hospital is the first disbursement for the project. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E.…

The BSCAP back and forth

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The ongoing conflict between the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP) and former Chief Executive Officer Moses Shyne Barrow, continued this week, with both parties taking their side of the story to the media. Barrow had resigned from BSCAP last week, claiming that the former…

Mexico helps light Marion Jones Stadium

Source: The Reporter Mexico’s Agency for International Cooperation in Development (AMEXCID) has allotted US$10 Million for the building of an indoor basketball and volleyball facility at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City, which included state of the art lighting for the football pitch at the stadium. The $500,000 lighting installation is…

Belize to benefit from IDB investment

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Belize will be among the nations benefitting from funding that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing to Mesoamerican countries in the areas of transportation, logistics and integration. The IDB announced this week that it is planning to fund special studies, investment and action plans for regional…

Police looking for daring Dangriga Treasury bandit

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Dangriga police are searching for a brazen gunman who walked into the Dangriga Sub Treasury last Friday afternoon and robbed the cashier at gunpoint. According to police, sometime after 12:30 p.m. on August 11, the thief escaped with approximately $1,750 in cash along with two cellphones. According…

Two children, one man shot; suspect charged

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two children and a man suffered gunshot injuries in San Pedro town on Saturday night, but police have charged a suspect. Sometime around 9:00 p.m., Jaheem Martinez, 9, Armando Bernardino Hernandez Jr., 12, and Lloyd Tyndall, 27, a farmer of Dump area, Toledo were in…

Man found dead on George Price highway

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Roaring Creek are looking for a hit and run suspect who knocked down and killed a Camalote resident in the wee hours of Saturday morning, near Cotton Tree village. The victim, 41-year-old Oscar Cermenio, was discovered near mile 45 on the George Price highway laying in the…

Gwen Liz trouble – Roosevelt Blades vs Dr. Lorna McKay

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 10, 2017–On Monday, the relationship between the board and the administration of Gwen Lizarraga High School reached boiling point when the chairman of the board, Roosevelt Blades, served principal Dr. Lorna McKay a letter informing her […] Link: Gwen Liz trouble – Roosevelt Blades vs Dr.

Belize wins 2 Bronze Medals

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tue. Aug. 8, 2017–Belize participated (for the third time) in the 2017 Central American Pre-Infantile U-13 & U-11 Table Tennis Championships, which took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from August 3rd to the 6th. Seven (7) countries participated in […] Link: Belize wins 2 Bronze Medals

Shyne Barrow resigns as CEO of BSCAP over Heather Cunningham

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 10, 2017–Music Ambassador and political aspirant, Shyne Barrow, has today officially resigned from his post as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers (BSCAP). Amandala saw his resignation letter sent to […] Link: Shyne Barrow resigns as CEO of BSCAP over

“In the Paint” – HISTORY REVISITED

Source: Amandala News Penta Lakers still dominant in 46-38 win over Bulls in celebration game marking championship 30th anniversary. BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 10, 2017–To us who grew up in the late 1980’s, the name Penta Lakers still stands legendary as one of […] Link: “In the Paint” – HISTORY REVISITED

SC Balderamos-Garcia elaborates on the Bain/UWI case/verdict

Source: Amandala News August 7, 2017 Dear Editor, Allow me please to respond to the headline story by Micah Goodin that appeared in your Friday, August 4th edition of Amandala. The Jamaican Full Court (Three Judges) did indeed rule that the University of […] Link: SC Balderamos-Garcia elaborates on the Bain/UWI case/verdict

Dangriga sports stats – Basketball in ‘Griga

Source: Amandala News DANGRIGA, Wed. Aug. 9, 2017–Dangriga Basketball Association (DBA) started their Under 21 Basketball Tournament last week Saturday at Ecumenical Basketball Auditorium with 2 games. In game one, Harlem Shockers won over Foreshore Pelicans, 61 to 59. Top scorer for Harlem […] Link: Dangriga sports stats – Basketball in ‘Griga

Belizean Hener Cruz excels in canoe racing in USA

Source: Amandala News – contributed – BELIZE CITY, Tue. Aug. 8, 2017–Following is a summary of Belizean Hener Cruz’s races that he did during his three months stay this year in the USA: On May 6, Hener and Kyle Mynar of Texas won […] Link: Belizean Hener Cruz excels in canoe racing in

Guatemalan farmer, Cesar Monroy, murdered in Alta Vista

Source: Amandala News ALTA VISTA, Stann Creek District, Wed. Aug. 9, 2017–Dangriga police are investigating the murder of Guatemalan farmer, Cesar Augusto Monroy, 49, of Alta Vista, whose body was found in a state of decomposition on the Davis Falls Road at about […] Link: Guatemalan farmer, Cesar Monroy, murdered in Alta Vista

BSCAP Made No Money During C.E.O. Heather Cunningham’s Tenure

Source: Channel 5 Belize Shyne Barrow Shyne Barrow’s abrupt departure as chief executive officer of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Producers, BSCAP, on August tenth, is mired in controversy.  Belize’s Music Ambassador has demitted office after only one year at the helm of the group, despite a considerable turnaround at the once…

Police Officers in P.G. Reported for Extorting Teacher

Source: Channel 5 Belize It has been a less than stellar week for the Belize Police Department, as the men and women of law enforcement have been finding themselves on the wrong side of the legal system.  Earlier today, a pair of officers was arraigned in the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court on a joint…

Dangriga Treasury Robbed for $1700

Source: Channel 5 Belize A daring robbery was reported at high noon in the Culture Capital, Dangriga, today. According to police, a single armed man walked into the Dangriga Sub-Treasury on Saint Vincent Street around twelve-thirty, having arrived on bicycle. The suspect used a sawed-off shotgun to hold up the cashier and a civilian…

Wrong Place, Wrong Time for Christian Velasquez

Source: Channel 5 Belize Christian Velasquez There have been four murders in south side Belize City alone since the beginning of August, but unfortunately, no one has been charged for any of the crimes. The most recent homicide; that of twenty-three-year-old mechanic, Christian Velasquez, is the only of the four that has seen two…

“Weche” Eludes Belmopan Police 10 Days after Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Samuel Mendez Belmopan police continue looking for twenty-two-year-old Angel Antonio Orellano, also known as Weche, in connection with the July thirty-first murder of twenty year-old Samuel Mendez, a Salvapan resident and security guard. Mendez was chopping grass at the yard of a relative when he was shot around seven-thirty a.m.…

Prison Population is Varied; No Gangs Allowed

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier this week, we joined youths from Belmopan on a tour of the Hattieville prison. The initiative was intended to discourage and deter young people from engaging in criminal activity. The statistics show that the prison population is made up mostly by Hispanics incarcerated for immigration offenses; in second place…

Thieves Took Mahogany Doors Off Hinges at Independence Park

Source: Channel 5 Belize An attempt to create employment in the style of B.T.L. and, less successfully, Memorial Park, in Belmopan threatened to backfire except for Police’s quick intervention. Thieves struck at Independence Park on the central walkway in the capital on Thursday, targeting the solid mahogany doors on several of the booths. But…

Police: We’re Not Giving Up Tire Fire Investigation

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the wake of the disappearance of Teakettle resident Mark Mendez, who was found murdered in June, residents of the village got frustrated with the police’s response and set tires on fire on the George Price Highway, disrupting traffic for close to an hour. The department’s intent to investigate what…

Bus Drivers Head-To-Head and Caught on Camera Near Bus Terminal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Bus lines sparring over passengers? According to one video that has gone viral on Facebook that is what happened between two bus drivers from different companies. It appears that bystanders or passengers captured the heated armed exchange between the two men. As this cell-phone footage shows, the men are armed…

Belize Makes Strides in Road Safety

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Road Safety Project was established in 2013 in direct response to increasing numbers of fatal traffic accidents across the country. The near-fifty-mile stretch between the entrance to Belize City and the entrance to the Hummingbird Highway approaching Belmopan, along the George Price Highway, was selected as a ‘demonstration…

3 Films to Represent Belize in CARIFESTA

Source: Channel 5 Belize CARIFESTA is the Caribbean festival of arts held every two years by CARICOM AND CARIFORUM countries to celebrate the best in Caribbean culture through music, literary arts, visual arts, theatre, dance and film. Over the years we have seen local musicians, dancers, visual artists others in the creative sector participate,…

Back to School, Time for a Trim

Source: Channel 5 Belize The annual Back to School Trimming Drive is on its seventh year and once again primary and high school students from across the city are being invited to come out to Fabers Road on the weekend of September second to get a free haircut.  The initiative is the brainchild of…

Barbers Thank Sponsors for Haircuts

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to co-organizer, Brian Dena, the annual event is made possible through donations from members of the public, as well the as efforts of volunteers who give of their time freely.   Brian Dena, Organizer “This year we’ll be having it on the second and third of September.  The second,…

Mechanic Shot Dead in Ride-By for Fourth Murder in 8 Days in City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Christian Velasquez Gun violence is creeping back in the south side of the City where another senseless murder took place less than twenty-hours after the shooting death of Guatemalan national Ruben Esquivel during a home invasion.  At about eleven o’clock on Wednesday night, twenty-three-year-old Christian Velasquez was executed by a…

2 Shot in Same Area Hours Later

Source: Channel 5 Belize Even as police continue to investigate the murder of Velasquez, this afternoon shots rang out in that same area of Antelope Street Extension. Information to News Five is that around two-thirty p.m. Ryne Arnold and Marion Ramirez were traveling in this Ford Explorer SUV seen here in the vicinity of…

Criminals are Eluding Reach of Police

Source: Channel 5 Belize Daniel Arzu The murder of Christian Velasquez is the third in four days on the south side of Belize City. The two others are Wednesday morning’s home invasion turn murder of Ruben Esquivel and  taxi man Thomas Staine’s stabbing murder on Monday. It is has been just over a month…

Inspector Fitzroy Abruptly Transferred from Media Relations Unit

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fitzroy Yearwood Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood…he was one of three liaison officers within the Belize Police Department assigned to facilitate the media with daily situation reports and interviews.  Tonight, he is no longer a member of the Media Relations Unit after being abruptly transferred on Wednesday.  Yearwood’s relocation to a desk…

Crique Sarco Village Defines Land Space for First Time

Source: Channel 5 Belize The first Maya Land Registry was launched in southern Belize this week. After two years of inaction to a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice that determined that a mechanism had to be put in place to protect lands, Maya communities started the process in the village of Crique…

B.T.I.A. Says Gov’t Must Scrap Departure Tax

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Tourism Industry Association today issued a stinging release against the Government and in support of Tropic Air. The carrier last week announced plans to suspend three of its international flights to Chetumal and Merida in Mexico and San Pedro Sula in Honduras. The flights had been established five…

How Will P.S.U. Deal with Suspended President Eldred Neal?

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is internal turmoil in the Public Service Union tonight. This afternoon, the Belmopan branch of the Union issued a release announcing plans for a meeting on Saturday with mediators, the Council of Management and president Eldred Neal. The meeting will discuss his suspension following controversial remarks made by Neal…

Caribbean’s Pharmacists Promoting Community Health and Wellness

Source: Channel 5 Belize This week pharmacists from across the Caribbean and some international colleagues are convening in Belize for the annual conference of the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists. They will be discussing latest trends and news in their industry under the theme of promoting health and wellness in the community. But if you…

Local Pharmacists to Benefit from New U.B. Program

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-four students will form the first cohort of a new program awarding Bachelor’s in Science degrees in Pharmacy at the University of Belize. It’s the first program of its kind in Belize and one that the Pharmacists’ Association says has been a long time coming. Today president Beverly Coleman indicated…

Healthy Living: Watch Out for Zika!

Source: Channel 5 Belize We are in the middle of the rainy season when mosquito borne illnesses tend to increase. Dengue continues to infect a number of Belizeans each year and now Zika is a persistent threat to our population.. In tonight’s Healthy Living, the Ministry of Health reminds the public about the importance…

Murderous Pre-Dawn Home Invasion in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize A national from Guatemala arrived in the country a few days ago to get away from personal problems. But instead his life was cut short in a deadly home invasion even before the crack of dawn this morning. Forty-five-year-old Ruben Esquivel Aguilar was shot multiple times in the kitchen of…

Nevis Betancourt Faces Murder Charges after Stand-Off

Source: Channel 5 Belize San Ignacio Police have arrested and charged Nevis Betancourth for the murder of Jose “El Chele” Castellanos.  Betancourth was hospitalized for several days following the deadly incident that happened at a fast food restaurant in Santa Elena. The chopping/shooting happened on July twenty-seventh around eight that night. According to witnesses,…

Michael Aspinall Shot on Sarstoon Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hours prior to the murder of Ruben Esquivel, shots rang out several blocks away on Sarstoon Street in the Old Capital. Just after midnight on Tuesday, thirty-four-year-old Michael Aspinal, a resident of Kraal Road was shot to the leg and arm. There are few details that police can confirm. Superintendent…

The Castro Brothers Sought for Beating on Ambergris Caye

Source: Channel 5 Belize We can finally confirm tonight that the San Pedro police are looking for Wasani and Jafari Castro, following the aggravated assault of twenty-one-year-old Kevin Brown at a resort on the island since the weekend. Police say that the sons of Minister Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro cannot be located since…

C.C.J. Says Why Wilfred Elrington Must Return Documents

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Caribbean Court of Justice has issued written reasons for its decision in the case of Progresso Heights Limited versus Wilfred Elrington and Pitts and Elrington. On July twenty-first, the court ordered Elrington and his firm to return all the conveyancing documents that Progresso Heights Limited sent from Florida to…

The Power of Family: Vega/Banos Land Acquisitions

Source: Channel 5 Belize News Five continues its perusal of one hundred and eighteen land documents leaked recently that show a land scheme which enriched friends and families of former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega.  We took you through the switching scheme employed by the Vega family of western Cayo District, relatives of the…

Youths Hear Powerful Testimonies from Behind Prison Walls

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Central Prison is bursting at its seams as the number of inmates stands at one thousand three hundred, fifty-eight percent of them are awaiting trial for crimes that range from petty offenses to murder.  Today, the Belmopan Police took a group of youths to the prison for a…

Belmopan Police Reaching Out to Youths in Community

Source: Channel 5 Belize The field trip to the Belize Central Prison was organized by Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett of the Belmopan Police. He says that it is part of his formation’s community policing initiative during the summer vacation. Over ten thousand youths are out of school and caught up in mischievous acts. Gillett…

Mother and Son Returned to Canada after Hiding for 4 Years

Source: Channel 5 Belize A three-year custody battle between Canadian parents is winding down. Thirty-three-year-old Canadian national Robin Leanne Greenway Trockstad was arrested by authorities in Cayo District after the Canadian government issued a warrant for her arrest on charges of abduction in contravention of a custody order.  Four-year-old Treyson Trockstad Greenway, Robin’s son…

Shopkeeper Robbed in Lords’ Bank

Source: Channel 5 Belize A duo believed to have been involved in an armed robbery in the Lord’s Bank area, Ladyville were arraigned this afternoon in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. A third man remains at large.  Steve Ferrel, a Belize City construction worker and Veris Ventura, who is originally from Hopkins Village, appeared…

Thomas Staine, 40, taxi driver, stabbed to death

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 7, 2017–The family of Thomas Staine, 40, a taxi driver of Reggae Street, is devastated after his body was found in a drain at the corner of Racecourse Street and West Collet Canal at about 6:00 […] Link: Thomas Staine, 40, taxi driver, stabbed to death

Toddler, 20 months, dies in 4-house inferno

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 7, 2017–Sometime after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, a fire engulfed a small structure at # 23 Santa Barbara Street, and by the time the blaze was extinguished by firefighters from the National Fire Service, […] Link: Toddler, 20 months, dies in 4-house inferno

Alma Flowers, 19, dies in Crooked Tree Junction accident

Source: Amandala News CROOKED TREE JUNCTION, Belize District, Mon. Aug. 7, 2017–An accident at Mile 31 on the Philip Goldson Highway claimed the life of Alma Flowers, a 19-year-old student of Crooked Tree, Belize District, at about 7:30 last night. Flowers, who had […] Link: Alma Flowers, 19, dies in Crooked Tree Junction

Tropical Storm Franklin pounding Yucatan

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 7, 2017–Tropical Storm Franklin—due to make landfall over the course of tonight on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, with strong tropical storm force winds mostly impacting Corozal and the northern cayes in Belize—is expected to cause up […] Link: Tropical Storm Franklin pounding Yucatan

Let the tournament begin …

Source: Amandala News As the annual September 10 (1958) national day celebrations rolled around, the obsessive Price conceived the idea of promoting a Miss Belize beauty pageant to rival the Queen of the Bay pageant promoted by the pro-British Loyal and Patriotic Order […] Link: Let the tournament begin …

Pharmacist, Mark Anthony Christie, dead at 82

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Sat. Aug. 5, 2017–A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12, at St John’s Cathedral, for well-known Belizean pharmacist, Mark Anthony Christie, 82, who passed away on Friday, July 28. Christie, whose last place of employment […] Link: Pharmacist, Mark Anthony Christie, dead at 82

Politics and sunburn: Snapshot of the U.S. from Belize

Source: Amandala News The sun blazed, cooled only by sporadic showers, during my recent visit to the Central American and Caribbean nation of Belize where I spent my formative years. The size of Massachussetts, Belize’s is a racially and ethnically diverse population of […] Link: Politics and sunburn: Snapshot of the U.S. from Belize

Constable and Civilians to be Charged for Illegal Firearm in Cayo

Source: Channel 5 Belize The proliferation of guns and ammunition across the western border near Benque Viejo del Carmen is a recurrent problem that is openly acknowledged by the Belize Police Department. But tonight, gun-running of illegal weapons from Guatemala at the hands of a cop takes on a totally different complexion for the…

Firearm was Originally from Guatemala

Source: Channel 5 Belize The firearm, as we’ve mentioned, is a nine millimeter handgun from Guatemala with a matching serial number.  The fact that it was found in the possession of an officer, concealed inside a vehicle he was driving, has raised eyebrows.   Reporter “Is it a concern for you all that a…

Senior Officer Tangled with Customs over Pharmaceuticals

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is another cop in hot water. Senior officer, Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson was busted in Arenal Village on Friday by customs officials in possession of a quantity of contraband pharmaceuticals.  While the drugs were confiscated, Thompson settled the matter quietly for an undisclosed sum.  Still, he is under investigation by…

Woman, Minor Shot in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two persons, including a minor, were shot on Cleghorn Street in Belize City on Monday night sometime after ten o’clock. When police arrived at the scene, the victims had been rushed to the K.H.M.H.  Fourteen-year-old Jaheem Pipersburgh was hit to the left wrist, upper chest and upper right back while…

Cesar Monroy Found Murdered on Davis Falls Road

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was a grisly discovery this morning in the Stann Creek District where the decomposing body of a Guatemalan farmer was found on a road in Alta Vista Village.  Forty-nine-year-old Cesar Augusto Monroy was hacked to death along the Davis Falls Road.  He had been chopped on the neck and…

After Thomas Staine Murder, Should Taxi Drivers Worry?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Are taxi drivers at risk in Belize City? According to police, no more than usual. Thirty-nine-year-old Thomas Staine was murdered overnight on Monday, his stab-riddled body recovered from the Collet Canal two hours after his taxi was found abandoned with blood stains on the passenger seat at the corner of…

Corozal Weathers T.S. Franklin

Source: Channel 5 Belize A News Five team headed to Corozal overnight to capture what was happening on the ground as the northern municipality prepared for a first impending storm in the 2017 hurricane season.  Given the destruction caused by Hurricane Earl a year ago, all systems were in full gear to avert or…

New Docs Reveal Pattern of Vegas’ Land Acquisition

Source: Channel 5 Belize A series of leaked documents from the Lands Department revealing another land grab by members of the family of former minister Gaspar Vega on Ramsey Caye and the Spanish Creek area of the Belize District, have been obtained by News Five. While Vega was still minister, members of his family…

O.W. East’s Aragon Predicts Victory in Sugar City

Source: Channel 5 Belize While Vega is retiring from active politics, when we caught up with Orange Walk North area rep, Elodio Aragon Junior last Friday, we asked him about his party’s municipal elections preparations.  He told us that the U.D.P. is moving ahead with their transfers and they will be ready to put…

Hilberto Campos Bows Out as Mayor of Corozal Town

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the northernmost municipality of Corozal, current U.D.P. mayor Hilberto Campos says he will not be contesting for a fifth term.  Campos has been at the helm of the Corozal Town Council for twelve years and is stepping down for several reasons. While covering the weather, our News Five crew…

Accident leaves three injured

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A traffic accident on Sunday morning has left three persons injured. The incident happened at around 10:30 when Azel August, 19, of Santa Elena town was driving a Pontiac SUV on the Loma Luz Boulevard in the direction from Hon Rene Montero Bridge towards the…

Woman raped; suspect caught

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A woman was reportedly raped on Saturday in the Stann Creek district. Maria Teul, 19, reported to police that sometime around 4:30 p.m., she got a ride on a motorcycle with a man she did not know. She said the lift was supposed to from…

Shooting leaves three injured

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Three persons are recovering from gunshot injuries they suffered in San Pedro on Saturday night. Police say that shortly after 9:00 p.m., they learned of a shooting and went to the San Pedro poly clinic where they saw Jaheem Martinez, 9, with a gunshot wound to his…

City gets ready; no escape after five

Source: Channel 5 Belize In Belize City, Councilor Phillip Willoughby is spearheading the efforts of the City Emergency Management Organization, CEMO, and met earlier this evening with law enforcement officials, as well as representatives of other government agencies. The last bus north left from Belize City at five p.m. today, following instructions from NEMO…

Major agencies in place for operations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Phillip Willoughby An outline of the coordinated efforts involving the Belize Defense Force, the police department, as well as the National Fire Service was shared with the media.  Fuel stations in Belize City will remain open to the public during normal hours of operation.   Phillip Willoughby, CEMO Coordinator “What…

Shelters to be open; no alcohol allowed

Source: Channel 5 Belize While the city prepares for the heavy winds and downpour that will accompany the passage of Tropical Storm Franklin, residents won’t be allowed to purchase alcohol. That’s because a decision has been taken to prohibit the sale of liquor until an all-clear has been issued after the storm. That decision,…

Keeping calm in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize As we mentioned a news five team is currently in Corozal Town. Tropical storm Franklin is scheduled to hit north of Corozal, along the Yucatan coast in Mexico. Residents are prepared and our crew found that the town is rather calm. Reporter Duane Moody and cameraman Rick Romero file this…

Northernmost town battens down for rough night

Source: Channel 5 Belize As of five p.m., a total of six shelters have been opened. In Corozal Town, Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. School in Altamira and Church of Christ School in Port Saul. While four others have been opened in the coastal villages of Copper Bank, Sarteneja, Progresso and Chunox. DEMO coordinator…

Displaced residents tell tales of woe in aftermath

Source: Channel 5 Belize A toddler lost his life in the fire on Santa Barbara Street and more than ten persons are without a home. The four families lost everything they owned after the fire spread from house to house in the yard. We spoke with three of the affected families today who told…

CEMO’s Willoughby steps up to help

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since the fire on Sunday night, CEMO has been on the ground assisting the displaced families. CEMO, along with Ministry of Human Services and other local partner agencies are providing support to more than ten persons who lost everything to the blaze. Since last night they were moved to the…

Man critical following traffic accident

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Juan Chavin, 57, a resident of St Matthew’s village is in a critical condition following a traffic accident on the George Price highway. Chavin was ridimg a bicycle between miles 37 and 38 on Thursday night when he was struck from behind, leaving him with…

Two police officers charged with ‘extortion’

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two police officers assigned to the Punta Gorda police station have been arrested and charged with ‘extortion’ against a high school principal. The charge against WPC Jenny Tanner and PC Arden Jones follows an incident on Tuesday when a vehicle was intercepted at a checkpoint…

Fatal hit and run on George Price highway

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant A man was knocked down and killed on the George Price Highway early Saturday morning. The incident happened at around 1:00 a.m., near Cotton Tree village and claimed the life of Oscar Cermenio. Police say Cermenio was still alive when they found him with broken legs,…

Toddler perishes in fire

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A 21-month-old baby boy burnt to death in a fire on Sunday night in Belize City. The tragedy unfolded shortly after 9:00 when a wooden house at #32 Santa Barbara Street caught on fire, burning the toddler, Tyreik Roberts, who was locked inside while his…

Guatemalan farmer found dead in southern Belize

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland The badly decomposed body of a Guatemalan farmer was discovered with multiple cut wounds laying beside the Davids Falls road in Alta Vista village, Stann Creek early Tuesday morning. Dangriga police confirmed that 49-year-old Cesar August Monroy was discovered laying on the left hand side of the…

BTIA calls for repeal of departure tax amendment

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Following Tropic Air’s cancellation of three flight schedules due to departure tax increases, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is calling on the Government of Belize to repeal the amendment which gave rise to that increase. The BTIA said on Thursday that the government must…

Belize dodges an economic bullet

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Belize was spared a huge economic disaster this week, when Tropical Storm Franklin passed the country without causing any damage. While Franklin was a relatively weak storm, Belize is counting on an incident free hurricane season for the sake of the recovering agricultural industry and for the…

SATIIM launches Maya Lands Registry

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Wednesday, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) launched a Maya Lands Registry. SATIIM, in collaboration with the villagers of Crique Sarco developed a Mayan model that identified traditional territorial…

Belize and Mexico meets to discuss international transportation

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland A Mexican delegation offering technical support to Belize visited on Monday as part of a follow up meeting between top Belizean and Mexican transport officials. The group met to discuss the framework for a Memorandum of Understanding for international motor carrier, passenger and freight transportation between both…

The storm that never came

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali Assistant Editor Hurricane Franklin – the weather system that was projected to cross somewhere in northern Belize as a tropical storm on Monday evening avoided Belize altogether, with little more than a drizzle and no wind gusts at all. Earlier on Monday, the outer feeder bands associated…

“Let the experts handle it,” says National Jaguar Working Group

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Following the death of a jaguar captured by farmers in the Belize district, the National Jaguar Working Group released a set of recommendations for farmers when dealing with jaguar encounters. The working group issued four recommendations on Tuesday, with accompanying rationales, in an effort to raise awareness…

Mayor Darrell Bradley won’t run again; UDP mayoral fight begins

Source: Amandala News Belize City, Thurs. Aug. 3, 2017–Darrell Bradley, twice elected mayor of the Belize City Council, has told the press that he will not seek re-election, citing personal reasons. “I think the biggest concern is personal reasons,” he said. “I’ve made […] Link: Mayor Darrell Bradley won’t run again; UDP mayoral

Prof. Brendan Bain wins lawsuit against UWI

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Aug. 2, 2017–Former professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Brendan Bain, has emerged victorious in a lawsuit against UWI. Jamaica’s Supreme Court has ruled that his termination was in violation of his right to […] Link: Prof. Brendan Bain wins lawsuit against UWI

Belizean Grace Frazier, 22, killed in Southwest Miami-Dade shooting

Source: Amandala News MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida, Wed. Aug. 2, 2017–Grace Frazier, 22, the daughter of Belizean Andy Frazier, a first cousin of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was killed in Southwest Miami-Dade over the weekend. US authorities have reported that at around 9 o’clock […] Link: Belizean Grace Frazier, 22, killed in Southwest Miami-Dade

Keith Arnold, former Governor of Central Bank, dead at 72

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 3, 2017–Keith Arnold, 72, who has served Belize in several high-profile managerial capacities over the course of his career, including Financial Secretary; Governor of the Central Bank of Belize; Chairman of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL); and […] Link: Keith Arnold, former Governor of Central Bank, dead

From the Publisher en Español

Source: Amandala News Ustedes saben lo pequeño que es Belize. La hermana mayor de mi esposa está casada con el tío materno del obispo católico, Dorick Wright, Joe Purcell. En una reciente visita a casa desde California, mi cuñada visitó al obispo Dorick, […] Link: From the Publisher en Español

JANUS 2

Source: Amandala News Sometime after I retired from the Office of the Ombudsman of Belize in 2008, Bishop Dorick Wright appointed me to serve on his Commission for Education. At about the same time he chose me to be one of his representatives […] Link: JANUS 2

Hit-and- run accident leaves girl, 16, in a coma

Source: Amandala News ORANGE WALK TOWN, Thurs. Aug. 3, 2017–Monique Morey, 16, a student of Belize City, is presently in a coma in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after she was knocked down by an unknown driver in Orange Walk Town while she […] Link: Hit-and- run accident leaves girl, 16, in a

Bandits fold in last minute, 4-1, to Ferretti in Nicaragua

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 3, 2017–Trailing 2-1 in the final minute tonight in Nicaragua, the prospects looked good for Belize’s Belmopan Bandits in the return match next week at home in their Scotiabank CONCACAF League series with Nicaragua’s CD Walter […] Link: Bandits fold in last minute, 4-1, to Ferretti

Toddler Hannah Hochstetler Run Over by Dad’s SUV

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hannah Hochstetler Two persons lost their lives in separate road traffic accidents on Thursday. Perhaps the more heart-wrenching of the two occurred just after four p.m. on the Iguana Creek Road in Spanish Lookout, Cayo. Thirty-three-year-old Stephen Hochstetler Senior ran over his fourteen-month-old daughter as he reversed the family’s SUV…

Cop Killed after Losing Control of Motorbike in Camalote

Source: Channel 5 Belize Edgar Coh There was another fatal accident overnight in the west. Sometime after nine p.m. on Thursday night, Police Constable Edgar Coh, who is attached to Roaring Creek Police Station, was on his way to a special duty assignment on his motorcycle. But upon reaching Camalote Village on the George…

Family of 4 in Hospital after Accident on Hummingbird

Source: Channel 5 Belize A family of four is admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga in stable condition following a traffic mishap. Forty-seven-year-old Benjamin Paul, an American national, was driving a black Jeep Liberty registered to Barefoot Rental between Dangriga and Belmopan. He was accompanied by thirty-six-year-old Katherine O’Brien and two children…

Who Came for 85-Year-Old Gregorio de Leon in Orange Walk?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gregorio de Leon For the second time this week a murder has been reported in Orange Walk Town. While involving less drama than the sensational shooting between friends Daniel Sosa and Hilmar Alamilla last Saturday, the death of eighty-five-year old retiree Gregorio de Leon at his home in the Marcus…

Nevis Betancourth Still Hospitalized as Charges Mulled

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jose Castellanos San Ignacio Police say that investigators continue to gather evidence in the shooting death of Jose Castellanos, as the shooter, Nevis Betancourth remains hospitalized in a stable condition after being chopped to the arm. According to one report, Castellanos was at “Comida Belicena y Latina” restaurant in Santa…

Roger Bradley Free of Burglary Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Roger Bradley Roger Bradley has several previous convictions for crimes of dishonesty, but tonight he is a free man, after Justice Denis Hanomansingh set him free on Thursday from a burglary charge. Bradley was serving a seven-year prison sentence after being convicted of a 2014 home burglary at the Freetown…

Foreign Affairs C.E.O. Commits to Working with People

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chief Executive Officer Patrick Andrews, who recently assumed that post with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, formally introduced himself to the media this morning during a brief press conference here in Belize City.  Following his assignment as Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.,…

Guatemala to Proceed with Referendum on I.C.J.

Source: Channel 5 Belize There have been new developments in Guatemala over the past two days in respect of referendum proceedings on whether its age-old territorial dispute with Belize should be taken to the International Court of Justice for resolution.  As we reported earlier this week, Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal, similar to Belize’s Elections…

If it’s a No, Guatemalan Claim Lives On

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alexis Rosado According to Ambassador Rosado, at the moment there is nothing on Belize’s table of events insofar as the pending referendum.  He says that while the Special Agreement contains a clause which requires both countries to agree to go to the ICJ, should Belize or Guatemala say no, the…

Bail Set for Accused in Sexual Assault Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Freddy Espinosa Fifteen thousand dollars for groping and kissing a teenage minor, that’s the bail amount that was set in the Supreme Court earlier today when thirty-two-year-old Freddy Espinosa appeared before Justice Denis Hanomansingh.  Espinosa’s appearance follows an incident on July twenty-fourth in Belmopan where it is alleged that he…

Who Do Police Believe in Orange Walk Shooting/Traffic Accident?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police are trying to puzzle out a strange incident reported on Tuesday afternoon involving three men from Orange Walk. There was a traffic accident reported in front of M-1 Sugar. Thirty-seven-year-old Tiburcio Fernandez and twenty-two-year-old Abdi Aban had been drinking and driver Fernandez lost control of the vehicle. But the…

Taxes Cause Suspension of Tropic Air Flights to Mexico, Honduras

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Greif III Tropic Air has suspended three of its international flights to Chetumal and Merida in Mexico and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. About five years ago, the domestic airline further expanded its services outside of Belize and picked up five additional international flights – to Cancun, Merida and Chetumal…

Could Flights Make a Comeback?

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Greif III According to Greif, the airline company is constantly looking for new routes and combinations to work. He says that if the current tax structures change, the company will revisit the routes. Meanwhile, its domestic service and the other destinations remain intact.   John Greif III, President, Tropic…

The Impact of Hurricane Earl One Year Later

Source: Channel 5 Belize On August third, 2016, residents across the central and northern areas of the Belize District braced themselves in anticipation of Hurricane Earl which made landfall in the early hours of August fourth.  The category two storm caused severe damage to homes and businesses in Vista del Mar, Ladyville, as it…

City Wants to Personalize Your License Plates

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize City Council, as part of its revenue generating initiative, is selling personalized license plates to motorists.  The move has generated quite a buzz among car owners across the city, amid concerns from the Transport Department that the practice may very well be against the law.  Despite those apprehensions,…

Mayoral Aspirant Philip Willoughby Defends Record

Source: Channel 5 Belize Philip Willoughby This afternoon, we spoke to councilor Philip Willoughby in the ‘Pink Jungle’ area of Pickstock, where he was donating garbage containers to residents of the hutments, as he did in the Mayflower Street area last week. It was clear that he was still smarting from the ‘double-banking’ he…

Council Must Build ‘Softer Social Side’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Philip Willoughby According to mayoral aspirant Phillip Willoughby, the slings and arrows of his opponents do not bother him, as he is concentrated on bringing even more services for residents of the Old Capital. One of the things he wants to see more of the council doing is a ‘social…

UB President Leads Central American Universities

Source: Channel 5 Belize President Clement Sankat of the University of Belize has assumed the Vice Presidency of Consejo Superior Universitario Centro Americano or what is known in English as the Central American Higher Education Council.  Sankat’s Vice Presidency tenure will be for this academic year July, 2017 to June, 2018. Following that term,…

Safe Space for Basketball

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joevannie Collins The CASSA program, Creating A Safe Space Agenda, is wrapping up its third year. The project has been running now in its third year at YWCA where kids from high school—both first form and second form—and primary school, standard five students receive lessons in a number of core…

Dion Leslie Thrives Out of Media Spotlight

Source: Channel 5 Belize With less than a month to go before polling opens for the U.D.P. municipal convention, mayoral candidates Dion Leslie and Philip Willoughby have been actively campaigning on the ground and on the airwaves. Willoughby in particular has been making personal appearances in battleground communities such as the one we showed…

Who Will Be La Reina De La Costa Maya?

Source: Channel 5 Belize In just a few minutes, the twenty-fifth annual La Reina De La Costa Maya Pageant will begin on La Isla Bonita San Pedro. Eight delegates from across Central America and Mexico will compete on the international stage of pageantry in costume, swimwear, evening wear and final question as they vie…

Healthy Living Tries Interventional Radiology

Source: Channel 5 Belize It’s a minimally invasive technique that is becoming increasingly popular in healthcare. And for the past two years it has been offered at the country’s main public hospital. It’s called interventional radiology and it allows for patients to have an alternative to open surgeries. We find out more about it…

Guatemalan Businessman Robbed and Murdered in City over Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Josue Arizarieta The robbery of a Guatemalan businessman went under the radar until it turned murder forty-eight hours later. The thirty-nine-year-old businessman who was robbed and shot early on Saturday morning, perished at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and tonight police are looking for a suspect. Josue Ambrocio Arizarieta was…

Teenager Struck Down in Orange Walk by Hit-and-Run Driver

Source: Channel 5 Belize Monique Morey A teenager remains in a coma tonight after she was knocked down in Orange Walk sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. Sixteen-year-old Monique Morey was out partying with a relative on Sunday and while heading home, she was struck by a vehicle a short distance away from…

Trial for Accused Killer in One-Day July Spree

Source: Channel 5 Belize Valentine Baptist After a year on remand for a broad daylight murder in the city, twenty-eight-year-old Valentine Baptist was committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the murder of nineteen-year-old Devin Adolphus Parham.  Baptist, a construction worker and resident of Castle Street, Belize City was arraigned on July…

Sugar Impasse Continues; B.S.C.F.A. Demands Respect from B.S.I.

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association has officially written to American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited, announcing that while it supports the investment of twenty-two million dollars for production of direct consumption, value-added sugars at the Tower Hill factory, it wants several amendments to the existing commercial agreement and a…

Cane Farmers Back in Fairtrade’s Good Graces

Source: Channel 5 Belize Oscar Alonzo At the start of the sugar crop last December, farmer Eloy Escalante was effectively disowned by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association. The Association was facing a third suspension in eight years from Fairtrade after it was discovered that a “phantom farmer” – the son of Government minister…

Dianne Finnegan is U.S. Embassy’s “Wonder Woman”

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dianne Finnegan The United States Embassy recognizes youth advocate Diane Finnegan as Wonder Woman for the month of August.  As coordinator for the Youth Apprenticeship Program and wife of U.D.P. politician Michael Finnegan, she has dedicated her life to helping at-risk youths.  Most recently, she has been instrumental in bringing…

Gapi’s henchman, Hilmar Alamilla, charged with murder

Source: Amandala News Alamilla received special protection from police, and the media was not allowed in court ORANGE WALK TOWN, Mon. July 31, 2017–Former campaign manager for Orange Walk North area representative Hon. Gaspar “Gapi” Vega, Hilmar “David” Alamilla, 42, has been arraigned […] Link: Gapi’s henchman, Hilmar Alamilla, charged with murder

Bert Vasquez sentenced to 10 years

Source: Amandala News He was found guilty of forcible abduction and aggravated assault of an indecent nature BELIZE CITY, Fri. July 28, 2017–The sentencing of businessman Bert Vasquez, 33, who was convicted on one count of forcible abduction and one count of aggravated […] Link: Bert Vasquez sentenced to 10 years

Bryan Clark, 21, and Donovan Casildo, 26, guilty of murder

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Mon. July 31, 2017–Ultrasound technician and family man, Sylvan Roberts, Jr., 39, was killed in his home almost six years ago. On Friday, the men accused of his murder, Bryan Clark, 21, and Donovan Casildo, 26, appeared […] Link: Bryan Clark, 21, and Donovan Casildo, 26, guilty

Cuidado, Belize

Source: Amandala News It is past the point where we Belizeans need to be careful, to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. The innocence of our September celebrations has been polluted by our desire for the relatively easy tourist dollar, among other things. […] Link: Cuidado, Belize

BDFA Interoffice football Week 3 results

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 31, 2017–The Belize District Football Association (BDFA) continued its Interoffice Football Tournament 2017 with Week 3 games last Wednesday and Thursday nights, July 26-27, at the MCC Grounds. In the opener on Wednesday night, Deportivos Los […] Link: BDFA Interoffice football Week 3 results

Optimistic, truly believe…and the No-Good Samaritan

Source: Amandala News I can’t recall (it’s from 2015) who told me that Audrey Matura had reported in her column in the Amandala that PM Barrow had called Michael Ashcroft—a Good Samaritan. I’m pretty sure that was the term used. I was incredulous. […] Link: Optimistic, truly believe…and the No-Good Samaritan

Puzzling over death of Nevis Betancourt in Cayo

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jose Castellanos There is another fatal shooting that is under investigation. Last Thursday in San Ignacio, Jose Castellanos was at a restaurant when he was fatally shot by Nevis Betancourth.  Tonight we speak with the owner of the restaurant, who says that an unsuspecting Castellanos retrieved a machete to defend…

Duck Run grocers sustain massive damages from fire

Source: Channel 5 Belize A family lost almost half a million dollars of property in a fire on Monday night.  Sometime around eight that night, the family had just closed their business ‘Super Tienda Molina’ in the Duck Run Three in Spanish Lookout when they saw the business engulfed in flames. The structure housed…

Why Darrell Bradley wants Dion Leslie to succeed him at City Hall

Source: Channel 5 Belize Attention now turns to August twenty-seventh, when either Dion Leslie or Philip Willoughby will be chosen by United Democratic Party voters to replace Bradley. Already enjoying the open support of at least one U.D.P. area representative, Tracey Taegar-Panton, Leslie became the de facto front-runner when Mayor Darrell Bradley publicly endorsed…

Franklin moves northeast of Belize City

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Tropical Storm Franklin has taken a slight shift north of the track it had kept since Sunday, threatening to directly hit just north of Chetumal, Mexico in the next few hours. The storm is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by the time it makes…

Franklin packing winds of 60mph

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has informed that Tropical Storm Franklin is now packing maximum sustained winds of 60mph, and is located near 17.7 North Latitude and 85.1W West Longitude or about 205 miles East of Belize City, and 165 miles north east of…

Tropical Storm Franklin forms; threatens northern Belize

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Tropical Storm Franklin has formed in the northwestern Caribbean, as it inches closer towards the Yucatan peninsula, threatening northern Belize. Franklin is located about 100 miles north of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. It packs winds of up to 40mph and is…

NEMO activates operation centres in light of approaching storm

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The National Emergency Management Organizations says its operations centers (EOC’s) have been convening countrywide since this morning, in light of the threat from the tropical system approaching our area. NEMO says that Emergency Operations Centers have met in every region of the country to assess…

Tropical storm watch issued for Belize as storm approaches

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal districts, as potential cyclone 7 could become named storm Franklin before it makes landfall late Monday. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in its latest advisory this evening, said people should…

Attorney Dickie Bradley Calls Death “Unbelievable”

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hilmar Alamilla, also known as David, has retained Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley as legal counsel. He appeared before Senior Magistrate Albert Hoare in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court and was remanded until his next hearing on September fifth. In this video courtesy CTV-3 News, Bradley says his client and the deceased…

Dickie Bradley Says His Client is Not Guilty of Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to Bradley, Alamilla, on advice has not spoken to police, but Bradley seemed fairly confident that he could show reasonable doubt that he had nothing to do with the fatal shot fired at Sosa.   Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Hilmar Alamilla “He was in a complete state of…

P.G. Police Charged Accused in April Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Guatemalan businessman, Carlos Pop Xol, was stabbed to death back in April near the remote village of Jalacte in the south. Pop’s lifeless body was found by a relative not far from Tree Tops, a military outpost. The police investigation into that murder has led to the arrest of a…

Was Cayo Shooting/Chopping Confrontation Murder or Self-Defense?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting in the west that occurred last Thursday in Santa Elena. Jose Castellanos, also known as “El Chele” was at a restaurant when he was shot by Nevis Betancourth.  There are conflicting reports on how the shooting occurred, but an eyewitness reports that Betancourth…

Security Guard Shoots Dead Would-Be Intruder

Source: Channel 5 Belize A twenty-five-year-old man lost his life on Sunday morning when he was shot and killed by a security guard on a shrimp farm in southern Belize.  The incident happened sometime around two a.m. when Wilfred Malcolm Junior and another unknown individual ventured unto the compound.  The machete-wielding trespassers reportedly advanced…

City Resident Charged with Double Burglary in Santa Elena

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Belize City man was nabbed in Santa Elena in the west in possession of a cash pan and safe. Nineteen-year-old Selvin Linarez of Ebony Street was busted by police on mobile patrol at about two o’clock on Friday morning. Police believe he had robbed two business establishments. The Atlantic…

MIT Bust Suspected Drug Trafficker in Old Capital

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dangriga resident Keenan Anthony Flores pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking in the Magistrate’s Court. The twenty-three-year-old Flores charged for nearly five pounds of suspected cocaine found in two parcels…

Heroic Cops Hailed for Rescuing Drowning Teens

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police Constables Daniel Choc and Derwin Garcia are being hailed as heroes tonight. The officers rescued three teenage boys who almost drowned in the Macal River in Cristo Rey Village on Saturday. San Ignacio Police received a distress call around three on Saturday afternoon and six officers went out to…

Tropical wave approaching Belize gets better organized

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Showers associated with a strong tropical wave heading towards Belize have gotten better organized, with tropical-storm-force winds already occurring in the centre of the weather system. The latest advisory coming from Miami’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC) indicates that the broad area of low pressure is…

NEMO issues advisory for strong tropical wave approaching Belize

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A strong tropical wave approaching the country has prompted the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to issue an advisory. The tropical wave is expected to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm before it makes landfall close to or over northern Belize sometime between…

Taiwan holds scholarship orientation for new students

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Twenty-four Belizean students converged inside the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Saturday, for the 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Orientation. The students along with their parents were hosted by the Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Ambassador Charles Liu, among other officials and alumni, and were…

Police and Angelus Press donate to needy south side children

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Assistant Editor A joint partnership between the Angelus Press Limited and the Police Eastern Division South assisted 300 south side children with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year. The children were hosted at a brief ceremony and lunch at the Racoon Street police station…

Policeman suffers head injuries in traffic mishap

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A police constable attached to the Roaring Creek police station is recovering from severe head injuries he sustained during a traffic mishap on Thursday night. The officer identified as Edgar Coh, 24, was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in a coma after he lost…

Murder in Orange Walk!

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Orange Walk police are investigating the murder of an elderly man, whose body was discovered early this morning. The deceased, 85-year-old Gregorio de Leon, was discovered just after 7:30 a.m., lying face up with several open wounds to the back of his head. The discovery…

Father accidentally crushes toddler to death

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A father from Spanish Lookout, Cayo, is in trouble with the law after he accidently reversed his vehicle over his daughter, crushing her to death on Thursday evening. The baby, one and a half-year-old Hannah Hochstetler, was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment,…

Guatemalan panners depleting gold resources in Chiquibul reserve

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Authorities need to do more to prevent illegal Guatemalan gold panning in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, according to the NGO that co-manages the area, Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD). FCD Director, Rafael Manzanero, explained this week that Guatemalan gold panners are relentlessly panning in the area,…

Belize welcomes Queen’s Baton Relay for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Source: The Reporter Belizean athletes from the disciplines of athletics, cycling, karate, table tennis, fencing and shooting will compete at the XXI Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast City of Queensland, Australia from April 4 – 15, 2018. The Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association welcomed the Queen’s Baton Relay,…

Not getting enough sleep could lead to heart problems

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A new research has shown that getting less than six hours of sleep a night may pose even more risks for people who already show signs of heart disease and diabetes. The findings suggest that diabetics and heart patients who have problems sleeping at night…

BTEC partners with Mental Health Association

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The Belize Training and Employment Center (BTEC), partnered with the Belize Mental Health Association this week for a two-day workshop, training community leaders to be mental health facilitators. The organizations held the workshops at the BTEC office on Freetown Road, on Tuesday and Wednesday, gathering representatives from…

SSB donates computers to KHMH Emergency Unit

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland The Social Security Board (SSB) donated three new desktop computers to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) last Friday. The computers are valued at $5,000 and will be used for the efficient processing of patient data, leading to improved healthcare within…

Man killed in OW, accusations of political interference

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The arraignment of Hilmar David Alamilla, accused of killing 24-year-old Daniel Sosa, has caused public criticism of political interference in the case. When Alamilla, a known associate of former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, showed up to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court for arraignment on Monday, members…

Violence prevails during Venezuela referendum; Official says sustained unrest won’t affect diplomatic relations

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The government of Venezuelan President, Nicholas Maduro has sought to clarify its position following Sunday’s referendum, which saw sustained violence throughout that country, amidst reports of inflated voting results. Despite the uprising, Venezuela has assured its diplomatic allies, including Belize, that the situation at home…

Man shot dead after attacking security guard

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Independence police have detained a security guard pending investigations for a fatal shooting at a shrimp farm in that community late Saturday night. The incident happened at pond #14 at Aqua Mar shrimp farm in Independence village, Stann Creek sometime around 11:30 Saturday night. The…

Security guard killed while cleaning yard in Belmopan

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Early on Monday morning, multiple shots rang out on Cost Rica Street in Salvapan, Belmopan, which left a 21-year-old security guard dead. The victim, later identified as Samuel Mendez, a resident of Rivera, Belmopan, was in the process of cutting a yard around 7:30 a.m. on July…

Suspect charged for murder 3 months ago

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Almost three months after the brutal murder of Guatemalan businessman, Carlos Pop Xol, Punta Gorda police have finally arrested and charged the man believed to have committed the crime. Elmer Javier Carillo, 27, a naturalized Belizean of Creake Sarco village was charged by Punta Gorda police with…

Belize City man shot in San Pedro

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland A Belize City resident is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from gunshot injuries he sustained last Monday night while he was in San Pedro town. The victim, identified as 29-year-old Lloyd Martinez, was shot multiple times to his abdominal area around 6:30 p.m. on July…

Man hospitalized after kiling man who violated his mother

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Cayo resident, Nevis Betancourth, remains hospitalized this week after he was chopped in an altercation, where he fatally shot his attacker. Betancourth’s injury was so severe that police have not detained or charged him in connection with the shooting death of 37-year-old Honduran construction worker, Jose Nunez…

G-G signs proclamation to defer re-registration to July 2018

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 24, 2017–A national re-registration exercise was to have been initiated this month, July 2017, but a statutory instrument has been passed to push back the exercise to next July, 2018. Governor General Sir Colville Young has […] Link: G-G signs proclamation to defer re-registration to July

Scram!!!

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 27, 2017–Arguably the most hated persons in San Pedro, Anke and David Doehm, have relocated to Belize City because San Pedranos have told them in no uncertain terms that they are not welcome to remain on […] Link: Scram!!!

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