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June 25, 2017

Belize

Price of regular gas passes $10 again

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. June 21, 2017–At midnight last night, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline, the most common type used by motorists, shot past $10 for the second time this year, with the first price increase being a […] Link: Price of regular gas passes again

Gunned down as he bought Terminator 3

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 22, 2017–Jermaine Franklin, 36, a construction worker, was making preparations for a movie night at home when he was gunned down on Belize City’s southside. Sometime around 6 o’clock on Wednesday night, Franklin, a resident of […] Link: Gunned down as he bought Terminator 3

“Kissing” principal arraigned for sexual assault

Source: Amandala News VALLEY OF PEACE, Cayo District, Thurs. June 22, 2017–A 13-year-old standard 6 female student at Monsignor Romero RC School in Valley of Peace has accused her principal, Johnny Valencia, of sexually assaulting her. In the presence of her parents, the […] Link: “Kissing” principal arraigned for sexual assault

San Pedro cops allegedly extort US$500 from tourist

Source: Amandala News SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Belize Dostrict, Wed. June 21, 2017–We are in the middle of Police Week, a time when the police highlight their good deeds and do a lot of public relations work to garner public support for their […] Link: San Pedro cops allegedly extort US0 from tourist

ITT National Championship Boom Circuit results

Source: Amandala News Road National Championships this Sunday BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 22, 2017-The Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) had a somewhat low turnout for its Individual Time Trial (ITT) National Championship Boom Circuit on Sunday, June 18; but is expecting greater participation […] Link: ITT National Championship Boom Circuit results

ComPol Condemns Extortion Case by Cops on Ambergris Caye

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie Police Week concludes on Saturday with a massive parade through the streets of Belize City to culminate seven days of community-based activities.  While the department celebrated the professional achievements of the men and women of law enforcement, there are two officers whose names have been called earlier this…

Police Department Has Not Lost Morals

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie The department has seen a number of officers being investigated for infractions committed while in uniform. ComPol Whylie, however, maintains that the actions of a few rogue cops do not reflect a breakdown in the morale of its officers.   Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police “There’s no reason…

Chunox Case Open, But Castros Get Away

Source: Channel 5 Belize The shooting death of Richard Garcia in Chunox Village two Fridays ago involved a group of four officers who were responding to a request made by a villager to evict an unwanted tenant.  The officers allege that they were accosted by a machete-wielding Garcia and had no other choice but…

Kashief Gallego to Court for Jermaine Franklin Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kashief Gallego Twenty-five-year-old Kashief Gallego was charged with and arraigned for the murder of thirty-six-year-old Jermaine Franklin. Gallego appeared unrepresented in court today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Due to the nature of the offense, no plea was taken and he was denied bail before being remanded into custody until…

Orange Walk Man Pleads Manslaughter for Death of Girlfriend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-two-year-old Freddy Amir Blanco pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the September 2011 killing of his lover Nelsi Chuc in August Pine Ridge. Back in 2011, Blanco was arraigned for murder to which he pleaded not guilty, but when he appeared in the Supreme Court today, Blanco pleaded not guilty to…

U.S. Hands Police Refurbished Boats

Source: Channel 5 Belize The United States of America has formally transferred three boats and equipment valued at close to a million Belize dollars to the Belize Police Department.  The vessels were previously seized by Belizean authorities and subsequently refurbished and equipped to fight criminal activities. According to the U.S. Embassy in Belize, “this…

Police Awarded; Police Week to Become Regularized

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Thursday evening in Belmopan, quite a few outstanding police officers were recognized for individual professional achievements over the years.  It has been two years since the last Police Week was held.  During that time several men and women rose in rank within the department, a handful of them earning…

Chester Williams among Long-Serving Awardees

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chester Williams Top Cop and the Regional Commander of Eastern Division South, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was also an awardee at Thursday’s ceremony in Belmopan. Aside from being recognized for working more than twenty-five years with the department, Williams received honors for first class, meritorious and distinguish. Following…

Southside the Big Winners at Police Sports Day

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police Week culminates on Saturday with a parade through the principal streets of Belize City. The march is a spectacle with many features, including a clear distinction of the different units within the department. Passing the Supreme Court of Belize, a salute will be given to Belize City Mayor Darrell…

P.M. Maintains It’s No to IMF Prescriptions

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow Prime Minister Dean Barrow has emphatically rejected the recommendation of the International Monetary Fund to increase the General Sales Tax to fifteen percent.  That proposal from the UN financial agency succeeds what is known as an Article Four Consultation during which the IMF meets annually with each member…

Belize Will Go its Own Way

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The annual assessment by the IMF seeks to forestall future financial problems that member countries may face; however, its conditions have been broadly debated.  It is argued that the IMF’s policy prescriptions present standardized remedies that are not sufficiently tailored to each country’s individual circumstances.  So where does…

Personal Motive for Jermaine Franklin Murder; Suspect in Custody

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jermaine Franklin Thirty-six-year-old Jermaine Franklin was shot and killed while shopping for new movies inside Teddy’s on Kings Street on Wednesday night.  Sometime around six-thirty, Belize City police responded to reports of shots being fired in front of the store.  When they arrived on the scene, they saw the lifeless…

Did Ady Pacheco Facilitate Visas?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco spent most of Wednesday’s appearance at the Senate Special Select Committee pointing the finger at her bosses in the Immigration Department, as it relates to the various scandals that were investigated by the Audit Department. Pacheco was careful to admit to very little that could land…

Castro Brothers Off the Hook; P.M. Says it’s a Family Matter

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brothers Wasani and Jafari Castro made headlines on Monday when it was reported that the siblings were arrested last Friday in connection with several traffic offenses, as well as a sizeable haul of contraband beer.  The brothers, both sons of Transport Minister Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro, who is also…

Dorian Pakeman Back on the Job, But Warned to be Careful

Source: Channel 5 Belize Press Office Director Dorian Pakeman is back on the job, after being suspended in the wake of a fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of Gardenia resident Dean Dawson in 2016.  The deadly mishap took place on the Philip Goldson Highway while the mechanic was riding his bicycle along…

B.E.L. Announces Modest Earnings for 2016-17

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Annual General Meeting of Belize Electricity Limited took place on Wednesday night and the news is that the company continues to perform well for shareholders.  With electricity rates largely steady, the company earned twenty-seven point three million dollars, of which twenty-point-three million was diverted to dividends.  B.E.L. says fifty-six…

Warning to Avoid Manatees for Boaters

Source: Channel 5 Belize A female manatee that was mating was killed over the weekend. It appears that a number of manatees are at the peak of their mating in the summer time and lately have been spotted in the river mouth area. But this area is heavily trafficked and boats present a real…

US $8 Million and 2 Years to Fix Collet Canal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Over the past few months, we have shown you the massive silt build up in the Yabra Canal. The City Council and other partners have been doing the ground work to chart a way forward to clear the canal. Today, CitCo started with the extraction of the silt, but this…

Municipal Elections? U.D.P. [Getting] Ready

Source: Channel 5 Belize With the 2018 municipal elections only several months away, the UDP Belize City Council slate is already shaping out.  On Wednesday, eight councilor candidates submitted their names ahead of the upcoming deadline.  While that ticket does not as yet include incumbent Mayor Darrell Bradley, or councilors Phillip Willoughby and Alifa…

Philip Willoughby’s Run Threatened by Health Issues

Source: Channel 5 Belize Is Belize City Council’s Superman Willoughby in or is he out of the U.D.P. Municipal? Last night, you heard Councilor Dion Leslie say that the current U.D.P. city councilors are united to offer themselves as a team on the U.D.P. ticket for the 2018 municipal elections. That united effort was…

19 Certified as Caregivers

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nineteen women today graduated from a certificate course in the basics of care giving, an important job as the population of Belize ages. The Belize Training and Employment Center collaborated with parent BELTRAIDE, the National Council on Ageing, the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust and Sister Cecilia Home for the…

Breaking: Murder on King Street in downtown Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize In Breaking News, police have confirmed that there was a murder a short while ago on King Street in downtown Belize City, in front of Teddy’s Music Shop. The name of the victim is unknown at this time. Southside Police Commander Chester Williams has said that police are looking for…

Ex-Minister got back same incomplete Won Hong Kim file

Source: Channel 5 Belize Pacheco also fingered her boss, Officer in Charge of the Nationality and Services Section of the Department Gordon Wade, saying he was in regular contact with Ministers, secretaries and drivers to accept files to process for nationality. It was often the case that these files were incomplete, and the Department…

No checks or cheques for Kim affair

Source: Channel 5 Belize At the hearing, Pacheco denied outright that she was ever paid for her role in reviewing the nationality documents by Minister Penner or Gordon Wade, and had nothing to do with the permanent residency or passport applications for Won Hong Kim. But since he never came to Belize (the double…

I did not know Nanes was illegal, Pacheco tells Senate

Source: Channel 5 Belize A few weeks ago we told you of the confidential report of the Immigration Department and former acting Director Maria Marin on the David Nanes Schnitzer affair. The Mexican-American faces fraud charges in the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.  Nanes had been living in Belize for some time with various false…

Why Peter Dahlstrom is a Belizean by marriage

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ady Pacheco It had not been discussed at all at prior hearings, but Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s name does appear in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report on Nationality as a referee for Swedish national Peter Dahlstrom, who was married since 1994 to his wife Kim Simplis-Barrow’s sister. Despite Dahlstrom…

Swede qualified by Immigration interpretation

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ady Pacheco Pacheco says the application went to Gordon Wade who made the notation that Dohlstrom was fit for Belizean nationality. It was settled policy – verbal, not written – that the legality of applicants for nationality by marriage was set from the date of their marriage and not date…

The top students in P.S.E. honored

Source: Channel 5 Belize The brightest students in the P.S.E were recognized today for academic excellence. Over seven thousand students sat the exam earlier this year, but hundreds of them failed the annual test. The average test scores for this year largely remained the same, but Math was very dismal with about half of…

Rogue San Pedro cops extorted, robbed tourist

Source: Channel 5 Belize Denfield Ramos Even as they celebrate police week, two police officers in San Pedro were taken to court this afternoon on a slew of charges including theft and extortion. Police Corporal Denfield Ramos is facing charges of Theft, Extortion and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon while Special Constable Orlando…

Caleb Orozco upbraids “Morality Commission”

Source: Channel 5 Belize The recent fracture within the self-styled “Morality Commission” has seen the departure of Bishop Phillip Wright and Reverend Roosevelt Papouloute, two relatively powerful church leaders who sat on the government-helmed working group.  That task force was formed in the wake of a Supreme Court decision on the controversial Section Fifty-three…

P.U.P. Senator Valerie Woods says LGBT should have been included

Source: Channel 5 Belize Valerie Woods Also weighing in on the issue of the Morality Commission is Senator Valerie Woods.  The P.U.P. parliamentarian is a proponent for human rights, irrespective of existing differences.  She too describes the commission as a mockery, since it is unilateral in its approach to discussing standards of conduct that…

Governing U.D.P. City Councilors to vie again for City Hall

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Municipal Elections are coming up next year and the U.D.P. is getting in gear in Belize City where it has been controlling city hall since 2006. Today, majority of the current U.D.P. City Councilors went in to the headquarters to submit their application for the March 2018 elections. Darrell…

Police show softer side with open day

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Police Department has been observing Police Week since Sunday. Activities have been planned for the entire week, some are internal and others involve the community. One of the major activities they took on today was an Open Day throughout the country which saw the participation of several organizations…

U.S. raises LGBT flag in Belmopan

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight, the rainbow flag flies on the U.S. Embassy compound in Belmopan in commemoration of the L.G.B.T.I. community in the U.S. It was hoisted this morning for the second time in two years. The gay community was invited to participate in the ceremony through which the U.S. government reinforces human…

Belizean shot and killed in Los Angeles

Source: Amandala News LOS ANGELES, USA, Mon. June 19, 2017–Information to us this afternoon from a reliable source in Belize is that Belizean-American Eddie Lino, 22, of Los Angeles, was shot and killed at the junction of Denver and 58th Street in Los […] Link: Belizean shot and killed in Los Angeles

Lovers’ rendezvous at cemetery ends in death

Source: Amandala News SANTA FAMILIA, Cayo District, Mon. June 19, 2017–On Friday night, Amy Guerra, 16, left her home in Bullet Tree Falls en route to Santa Familia to meet her ex-boyfriend, Eliseo Bacab, 22. The two had agreed to meet to iron […] Link: Lovers’ rendezvous at cemetery ends in death

Jennifer Louise Smith, 60, captures coveted Ms. Y crown

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 19, 2017–Jennifer Louise Smith, 60, a “seenager” who is a survivor of domestic abuse, used the platform of the nation’s most prestigious pageant for elderly women to fulfill her lifelong dream of competing in a pageant, […] Link: Jennifer Louise Smith, 60, captures coveted Ms. Y

Castro brothers busted with 89 cases of contraband beers

Source: Amandala News ORANGE WALK TOWN, Mon. June 19, 2017–An Orange Walk Customs official told us this evening that they found a cargo of beer, a total of 89 cases of assorted un-Customed Mexican beers, including Corona, Modelo, and Tecate, in a truck […] Link: Castro brothers busted with 89 cases of contraband

Jorge Lemus, 52, found dead in a drain in Unitedville

Source: Amandala News UNITEDVILLE, Cayo District, Mon. June 19, 2017–The body of Jorge Lemus, 52, was found in Unitedville, in a drain bordering the George Price Highway, at around 8 o’clock on Saturday morning. He was observed with a swollen face and bruises […] Link: Jorge Lemus, 52, found dead in a drain

Belize – between Guatemala and Cuba

Source: Amandala News Belize’s education system appears to encourage Belizean students to ignore regional affairs. This newspaper has therefore struggled mightily to inform the Belizean people about some regional realities which have major and ongoing significance for Belize’s status and sovereignty. In this […] Link: Belize – between Guatemala and Cuba

Belize – entre Guatemala y Cuba

Source: Amandala News El sistema educativo de Belize parece animar a los estudiantes de Belize a ignorar los asuntos regionales. Por lo tanto, este periódico ha luchado vigorosamente para informar al pueblo beliceño acerca de algunas realidades regionales que tienen un significado importante […] Link: Belize – entre Guatemala y Cuba

Chester Williams takes on media over Castro decision

Source: Channel 5 Belize Now, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams sat before the press on Monday and spent nearly half an hour explaining why police chose not to charge twenty-three year old Wasani, and twenty-one year old Jafari Castro, sons of Minister Edmond Castro, for an incident early on Friday morning when the…

Castro brothers’ attorney Herbert Panton recounts detention

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Brothers Castro and the curious case of the unlicensed Wingle, the haul of contraband beer, and their ministerial connections is a story that won’t go away. The arrest of siblings Jafari and Wasani and the subsequent seizure of eighty-nine cases of illegal booze is another embarrassment, as if the…

Former Magistrate Panton dismisses leaked documents

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to Panton, Police Constable Shedrick Caliz presumably made an about-face and decided not to proceed with charges when he failed to produce a medico-legal form after allegedly roughing up the brothers. As for the leak of several documents, said to be charge sheets that were filled out for Jafari…

Panton says ACP Williams, police did the right thing

Source: Channel 5 Belize While Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is facing strong adverse criticism by the media and the public, Panton maintains that A.C.P. Williams had indicated from the beginning that a decision on whether or not to charge the siblings was the judgment of the arresting officer.   Isani Cayetano “Your…

Regular Gas Going Up at Midnight

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are changes to gasoline fuel prices to report tonight, and they are a mixed bag. Regular fuel is going up to ten dollars and eighteen cents in Belize City from nine dollars eighty-seven cents that is an increase of thirty-one cents. Meanwhile, diesel goes down a cent to eight…

San Pablo residents meet with MoE; no update on investigation

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Ministry of Education continues its investigation of a reported incident of corporal punishment and possible child abuse against teacher Ednita Cocom of San Pablo Government School. She is accused of roughly treating a seven-year-old boy, the son of Thais Cowo, who retaliated by attacking her on the school compound…

Union negotiator reports threats as stevedores meet with NTUCB

Source: Channel 5 Belize Last week a group of stevedores called on President of the C.W.U., Dale Trujeque, to halt the negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Port of Belize Limited. Thirty-three stevedores signed a letter asking Trujeque to step away from the negotiating table because there was a lack of communication…

Customs reviews policy on uncustomed goods

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Immigration Department is not the first or last Government agency to be audited from within by the Audit Department. Indeed, a general audit is supposed to be conducted annually and special audits are done as the occasion demands. The Customs and Excise Department was a few years ago subject…

Customs-Police back to good relations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Colin Griffith There were back to back reports of contraband activity from cops in the North in April. First, a cop and a special constable were caught in Orange Walk on video, and then two cops in Corozal tried to smuggle contrabanded clothing past Customs and were chased down in…

Belize participates in International Food Festival in Taiwan

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter The Belize Trade and Investment Development Services (BELTRAIDE), is currently representing Belize in Taipei, Taiwan at the 2017 International Food Show. Belize is attending the event under the theme, “Raising the Bar in Belize, the Success of a Gourmet Chocolatier”. It features the Belize Chocolate…

US Embassy furnishes Anti-Drug Unit with 3 vessels

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Officials from the United States Embassy handed over three newly-refurbished vessels to the Anti Narcotics Unit of the Belize Police Department during a ceremony today. The donation was handed over at the Coast Guard base and is valued at approximately US $449,000, through the Central…

Police, family stumped over killing in Santa Elena Town

Source: Channel 5 Belize Maynor Portillo There was further bloodshed in the west on Friday night. Hours before the murder of Emy Guerra, twenty-two-year old Maynor Portillo was found shot to the head near the Convention Center in Santa Elena. Police are still trying to piece together what led to the killing of the…

Chester Williams says case against Castros had ‘bored holes’

Source: Channel 5 Belize ACP Chester Williams The Eastern Division (South) police’s official account differs slightly in that the vehicle was parked when the officers approached, but the rest of the leaked report appears to be true. However, the quibble raised by A.C.P. Chester Williams at today’s briefing, separate and apart from politics, is…

Police want internal leaker, insist Castros face no charges

Source: Channel 5 Belize ACP Chester Williams So there will be no charges, and the matter appears to be resolved – except for the leak of a usually confidential police document seemingly designed to bring pressure on the Department to re-open the case. A.C.P. Williams says the Department is concerned about the release of…

Who wanted Jorge Lemus of Unitedville dead?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jorge Lemus The family of fifty-two-year old Jorge Lemus is trying to come to terms with his untimely death. His body was found in a drain in the village of Unitedville in the west. But tonight, the cause of his death remains under investigation though the Lemus family believes he…

Seventeen youths pass out of Youth Cadet program

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Seventeen youths who were enlisted in the National Youth Cadet Service Corps program have completed the course, which began last September. Of the 17, 10 received certificates for having successfully completed the entire 10 months of training. The youths received training in behavior modification, life…

Belizean youth gunned down in LA

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Eddie Lino, 22, a man of Belizean parentage, was gunned down in Los Angeles, California on Sunday evening. The incident occurred at the corner of Denver and 58th Street. It is reported that Lino was walking when a car approached him and someone from inside…

Why was Maynor Portillo shot?

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Police are investigating the circumstances that lead to the shooting death of 20-year-old Santa Elena resident, Maynor Portillo. Police found Portillo dead after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16 on the eastern side of the Novell’s Convention Center, with a gunshot wound to the head. Portillo’s family…

“Belize has week medium term outlook,” says IMF

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers High public debt, decreasing economic performance, and a lack of strict fiscal consolidation policies, are some of the reasons that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently called Belize’s medium term financial outlook “weak.” The IMF, following it’s 2017 Article IV mission to Belize, issued a statement on…

US embassy raises LGBT flag again; no protest on perimeter

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The hoisting of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) flag atop the flagstaff at the US embassy, along with the United States flag on Wednesday, drew more people this year to witness it, but except for one senator present, it had no government official in…

Mayor Bradley weighs in on minimum wage increase

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is not expressly opposed to raising the minimum wage in Belize, but says that an increase should only come after careful planning. Bradley, speaking on the recent “Raise the Minimum Wage” march, held by Belize Leaders for Social Justice (BLSJ),…

DJ Hard Rock’s suspected killer caught

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland After 3 weeks, the man believed to be behind the cold blooded assassination of Andrew Ian Bennett Sr., the beloved DJ known as Hard Rock, has been detained and charged for murder. David Richard Arnold, 25, was apprehended at a bus stop in Ontario village, Cayo at…

Fabers Road needs help

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The 2017 rainy season got off an active start, and drivers traveling on Fabers Road are learning that the road needs repairs and quickly. Specifically the area of Fabers Road turning off Central American Boulevard near Sister Clara Muhammad Primary school, down to the police substation, has…

“More than just a sign,” says Mayor Bradley

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley, explained this week that the City Council’s latest Belize sign, placed in the Battle Field Park, is more than just a sign but a part of a greater plan for Belize City. The council held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new…

Murder in Cayo

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor San Ignacio police are investigating a murder which occurred in the municpality on Friday night. On Saturday police found the body of Maynor Portillo, a resident of Santa Elena town, at the Novelo’s Convention Centre in San Ignacio town. Police have said they will releaae…

Ministry of Agriculture on the lookout for small hive beetles

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration is launching a special survey of apiaries (bee farms) in the country, looking for diseases and pests, particularly among Small Hive Beetles (SHB). The apiculture survey, is a diagnostic assessment which will run…

Crime Stoppers to host special training sessions

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Crime Stoppers Belize will be working with Crime Stoppers International (CSI) in the coming week, to host special training sessions for law enforcement agents, to combat organized crime. The training, to be held from June 19-23, is a part of a Caribbean/Central American Initiative, aimed…

Santa Elena man shot dead

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The weekend violence continues, as police discovered the body of a man, shot to death, in the west. San Ignacio Police say they responded to a report of shots fired Friday night, when they found the lifeless body of Santa Elena resident, Maynor Portillo. Police…

Derek’s bombshell!

Source: Amandala News PUP and UDP major concession to Guatemala — 9 miles of sea BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 15, 2017–In its entry on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says, “As of 28 May […] Link: Derek’s bombshell!

Shopkeeper, 90, chopped to death in grocery store

Source: Amandala News AUGUST PINE RIDGE, Orange Walk District, Thurs. June 15, 2017–A 90-year-old shopkeeper of August Pine Ridge, in the Orange Walk District, is the country’s latest homicide victim. According to police reports, sometime after 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Pedro Pol was […] Link: Shopkeeper, 90, chopped to death in grocery store

Teacher Naomi Taylor McKenzie, 26, dies in traffic accident

Source: Amandala News DANGRIGA, Thurs. June 15, 2017–A 26-year-old teacher of Wagierale, Naomi Taylor McKenzie, died after she was knocked down on Ecumenical Drive by a motorcycle while riding home after school on her bicycle at about 4:30 this evening. Police said that […] Link: Teacher Naomi Taylor McKenzie, 26, dies in traffic

Czarnecki’s column

Source: Amandala News Dear Editor, With each passing day, I’m increasingly dismayed, as it becomes easier to conclude that the Government of Belize has no fealty to anything resembling the Rule of Law, with Ministries riddled with gifters, whose only desire is for […] Link: Czarnecki’s column

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Women… marriages … and children…

Source: Amandala News “Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.” — “Ignorance of the law excuses no one.” I am of the opinion that systems in society, especially the law, were designed to benefit a certain class of people, but those people are surely not the […] Link: RIGHT TO THE POINT: Women… marriages … and

Championship finals and awards for Simeon Lopez Kids

Source: Amandala News Youth & Female Cup 2017 Tournament BELMOPAN, Mon. June 12, 2017–The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) held First and Second Round Finals over the weekend for the Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2017 Tournament. The games were played at […] Link: Championship finals and awards for Simeon Lopez Kids

Magistrate Blake of Corozal

Source: Amandala News THE CASTE WAR OF YUCATAN by Nelson Reed The Magistrate of Corozal, a man named Blake, who had business contact with the Cruzob, hurried up to help the survivors. He offered 2,500 pesos in ransom to Venancio Puc, but found […] Link: Magistrate Blake of Corozal

An Elderly Shopkeeper’s Grisly End in August Pine Ridge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Pedro Pol An elderly shop keeper was callously murdered on Thursday afternoon in Orange Walk. Ninety-year-old Pedro Pol was robbed inside his shop in August Pine Ridge at around two o’clock. Police confirm that one of two minors from a nearby village is being held for the callous murder. The…

Police Say Minor Detained as Investigations Continue

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fitzroy Yearwood While Orange Walk police say one minor is in custody, the family contends that at least two persons; one from Guinea Grass and one from August Pine Ridge have been detained by police since the incident. Late this evening, however, Belize City police granted an interview on the…

City Youth Tells Story of Shooting on Jasmine Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the city, shots rang out on Thursday night. A young man was shot on Jasmine Street at around seven o’clock.  Wasani Avila was along with a friend when a gunman approached them and opened fire. His friend escaped, but unfortunately for him, a bullet caught him in the back.…

Shooting a Result of Robbery; One Held, One Sought

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chester Williams Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams spoke briefly about the shooting incident involving twenty-four-year-old Wasani Avila.  According to the Officer Commanding Eastern Division South, the motive for the attack on Avila and his friend may have been robbery.   ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South “Sometime…

Police Nabbed Accused Killer of “Hard Rock” in Belmopan

Source: Channel 5 Belize David Arnold The murder of popular Belize City disc jockey Andrew ‘Hard Rock’ Bennett stunned the deejay fraternity several weeks ago, when word of the deadly shooting on Central American Boulevard spread like wildfire across social media.  On Thursday, Hard Rock’s alleged killer was nabbed in Belmopan and extradited to…

Stann Creek Teacher, P.G. Student Die In Traffic Mishaps

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fitzroy Yearwood Twenty-six-year-old Naomi Abigail Taylor, a primary school teacher of Dangriga, lost her life on Thursday evening while riding a bicycle on Ecumenical Drive.  Taylor was heading to her mother’s house when a motorcycle driven by twenty-two-year-old Michael Estero collided into the back wheel of the male beach cruiser…

I.M.F. Says More Must Be Done for Belize’s Economy

Source: Channel 5 Belize The International Monetary Fund has concluded its annual Article Four consultative visit to Belize, held from June sixth to fifteenth. It has issued its preliminary findings, which speak of a weak economy. The summary of their conclusions is as follows: “The economy is expected to return to positive growth in…

Protest Planned to Address Minimum Wage

Source: Channel 5 Belize A group of Belizeans who probably agree with the conclusions of the International Monetary Fund is the Belize Leaders for Social Justice. It is a grouping of social justice organizations dedicated to fighting for the cause of the common man, and they are hoping that Belizeans will brave the expected…

Belize Weighs Policy on Admitting Refugees, Improving Services

Source: Channel 5 Belize Beverly Williams The Immigration and Nationality Department has been under intense scrutiny ever since Auditor General Dorothy Bradley released a special report on findings within that government agency during 2011 and 2013.  That microscope aside, Minister of State Beverly Williams today discussed the ministry’s position on Central American refugees who…

Caleb asks Morality Commission, “What About Us?”

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Thursday, we brought you the response of the chair of the so-called “Morality Commission”, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, to the news that the Anglican and Methodist churches have withdrawn from their united position to respond to Government in the wake of the Section fifty-three decision from last August.…

Hypa Rush, Belizeans Kick Off Carnival Season

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hypa Sounds Soca in June? Belizeans rarely need an excuse to party, but this weekend marks the official start of the soca and carnival season. Six of Belize’s top soca performers – Ernestine Carballo; Leslie “Bastic” Jenkins; Boss Lady, Missy B, Wilson Grinage and T.R. Shine – will share the…

Activists call for minimum wage increase

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Belize Leaders for Social Justice, a community activist group, is holding a peaceful demonstration in Belize City, calling for the Government of Belize to increase the minimum wage.  The demonstration started at the on Cemetery Road at the Constitution Park, went up Orange Street,…

More Tomorrow’s Jeremy Parham Charged in Murder of Omar Barahona

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jeremy Parham The murder of twenty-one-year-old Omar Barahona Junior shocked the Cotton Tree residents and surrounding communities in the Cayo District.  Last Saturday, Barahona Junior was shot and killed as he attended a farewell party in his honour.  According to the family, he was getting ready to leave for the…

Police Minister Wants Investigation to Take Course in Chunox Shooting

Source: Channel 5 Belize An internal investigation conducted by the Professional Standards Branch into an officer-involved fatality in Chunox Village is ongoing.  On Friday evening, forty-four-year-old Richard Garcia was shot and killed when a team of four policemen visited a residence in that rural community in the Corozal District to carry out an eviction…

Safety Informed Decision to Leave Body on the Ground

Source: Channel 5 Belize The deadly shooting took place on the evening of June ninth, at around five p.m.; however, the lifeless body of Richard Garcia was not removed from the scene until almost eighteen hours later.  The corpse remained in the open throughout the night with several officers standing guard until the scene…

Can Morality Commission Stand after Withdrawals?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Phillip Wright Recently two church leaders, namely the Anglican Diocese Bishop Phillip Wright and the Methodist’s Reverend Roosevelt Papouloute, decided to remove themselves from the Church-State Commission, which is also referred to as the morality commission. Church leaders committed to offer Government their positions on critical moral, spiritual and national…

Corporal Punishment Still Not Tolerated

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ednita Cocom Since last week, we’ve been reporting on a case of corporal punishment in San Pablo, Orange Walk. It came to a head on Monday when Thais Cowo, the mother of the alleged victim was formally charged and arraigned for harm in the Orange Walk Magistrate Court after she…

Orange Walk Shopkeeper Murdered in August Pine Ridge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police in Orange Walk are just back from the scene of a murder at a shop in August Pine Ridge village that happened around midday this afternoon. The victim has been identified as ninety-year-old Pedro Pol. Police have confirmed that robbers hit Pol’s shop and the incident escalated into murder.…

Small Fire at Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was a small fire in the city this afternoon. Sometime after four this evening, a fire started in a lower flat of a building at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center. Quick response from the fire service contained the blaze and no one was hurt.  We understand one or…

PUP takes aim at UDP party chairman

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The People’s United Party (PUP) is calling on the Government of Belize to remove United Democratic Party (UDP) Chairman, Alberto August, from his post as Chairman of the Board of Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL). The PUP condemned August for his role in disrupting the…

Taiwan-Belize cultural exchange program 2017 officially launched

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), through its embassy in Belize, launched the first ever Belize-Taiwan cultural exchange program, this morning at the House of Culture in Belize City. The program, hosted by the The Primary and Secondary Art Skills Training…

Tropical storm could form by next week

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor There is a likelihood that a tropical storm could develop in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico early next week. Weather experts are monitoring an area of rain and clouds in the area of the northwestern Caribbean Sea and Yucatan Peninsula that has the…

Ninety-year-old man chopped to death by thieves

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter A 90-year-old shop keeper is dead after he was chopped multiple times and then tied up by two machete-wielding thieves. The thieves struck his place of business in August Pine Ridge village, Orange Walk at around 2:30 p.m., on Thursday. The deceased, Pedro Pol, was…

IPC appeals, GOB stands to lose millions

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter IPC Corporate Services Limited, a company forcibly closed down by the Financial Intelligence Unit in 2014, is mounting an appeal against the Government of Belize, potentially worth millions of dollars. IPC has already been vindicated in the Supreme Court of Belize, when the court ruled…

Big Red is not dead!

Source: The Reporter by Jerry Larder and Nikki Buxton It has been disappointing for many to have read the article in last week’s Reporter about Big Red, the Scarlet Macaw sent to Harvest Caye. Of great concern, is the stand taken by known and respected Belize Forest Department officials, on this crucial issue.…

Western Regional Hospital gets new emergency building

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland On Tuesday, officials from the 2017 Beyond The Horizon project held a ribbon cutting exercise at the Western Regional Hospital In Belmopan City. The ceremony was held to officially mark the opening of a new emergency room building and a new medical waste incinerator building. The emergency…

Belize’s fire service to receive aid from US

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Belize National Fire Service is expected to receive much-needed aid from the US government, after surveys are completed for a new fire station in Belmopan and a budget is approved for a donation of fire trucks and equipment for the country. Defense Attache at…

Earthquake in Guatemala felt in Belize

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale, which shook Guatemala near its border with Mexico, was felt in Belize early Wednesday. The tremor struck just short of five miles southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala, at 1.29 a.m., local time, killing a man,…

Family says PM’s sister taking their land

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers A Belize City family is fighting to keep their family land, this week, after Denise “Sista B” Barrow, sister of the Prime Minister allegedly commissioned houses to be built on the property without the family’s consent. The Usher family, explained this week, that Barrow had already built…

ASP Rochelle Chan Formally Denies Working with Alvarine Burgess

Source: Channel 5 Belize Rochelle Chan There was another round of senate hearings today. There was testimony from two persons, including Assistant Superintendent of Police Rochelle Chan. Two weeks ago, Chan gave a limited statement in response to the bombshell allegations made against him before the Senate Special Select Committee by Alvarine Burgess. The…

Chan Claims Whistleblower is Being Influenced to Lie Under Oath

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chan also denied any contact with his brother-in-law, then-Minister of State for Immigration, Elvin Penner, about any Immigration scheme. As far as he is concerned, Burgess’ testimony is untrue. But the question that bedevils Burgess, Chan, the Senate panel and all who heard their testimonies two weeks ago and today…

The Immigration Mess is No Joke

Source: Channel 5 Belize Perdomo continued to fend off questioning about how it is that as minister he had little to no knowledge of the goings-on in the Department, relying on his most senior officers to assure him that things were going well, even though they clearly were not. Even today, Perdomo said the…

The ‘Football’ of the F.F.B. Presidency in Dispute

Source: Channel 5 Belize The upcoming election of the Football Federation of Belize is being hotly contested between two personalities well-grounded in the sport. So far in this newscast you have heard the jabs exchanged between Ruperto Vicente, who is seeking to return to the presidency, and another aficionado, Sergio Chuc, who has been…

Congress Continues, But Election Must Have Quorum

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marlon Kuylen Chuc told the media at a press conference on Monday, that he has received written assurances from delegates that they will abstain from the June twenty-fourth election.  Those representatives are believed to be supporters of the embattled former executive.  According to Kuylen, in order to have a congress,…

Yasser Musa: Heritage Bill Will Not Invest in Artists

Source: Channel 5 Belize Yasser Musa Former President of the National Institute of Culture and History, Yasser Musa, a teacher and artist in his own right, took jabs today at the Government of Belize, calling a proposed Heritage Bill a fraud.  The Heritage Preservation Legislation Bill seeks to get millions of dollars in funding…

$130,752 robbery of Toledo Teachers Credit Union

Source: Amandala News BELLA VISTA, Toledo District, Mon. June 12, 2017–The Toledo Teachers Credit Union Ltd., Bella Vista branch, was burglarized by thieves who stole US$7,088 and BZ$116,575.40, a 9mm Glock pistol and a Maverick 12-gauge pump action shotgun. The credit union manager told […] Link: 0,752 robbery of Toledo Teachers Credit Union

“Rambo” cops kill Richard Garcia, 44

Source: Amandala News CHUNOX, Corozal District, Mon. June 12, 2017–At around 5 o’clock on Friday evening, a villager at the center of a civil dispute lost his life at the hands of four Corozal cops armed with high-powered rifles. A post-mortem examination revealed […] Link: “Rambo” cops kill Richard Garcia, 44

Omar Barahona, 21, murdered during farewell party

Source: Amandala News He was scheduled to fly to the US on Monday to take up employment there COTTON TREE, Cayo District, Mon. June 12, 2017–Death and heartache came to the home of Omar Barahona, 21, a driver of Cotton Tree village, at […] Link: Omar Barahona, 21, murdered during farewell party

D.P.P. Not Consulted as Police Defend Actions in Chunox

Source: Channel 5 Belize Richard Garcia The Corozal Police Department remains under pressure tonight. Four officers were assigned by Corozal Police in an operation to evict forty-four year old Richard Garcia last Friday in Chunox Village. The task was accomplished with prejudice – Garcia was shot dead after, the officers alleged, he menaced them…

One Detained in Belmopan for Omar Barahona Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Omar Barahona Jr. Omar Barahona Junior was shot seven times and killed as he attended a going away party in his honor on Saturday night. The twenty-one-year-old from Cotton Tree was socializing with a cousin and twenty-year-old Devon Brooks when a man fired several shots at the trio; seven of…

Ex-Prez of F.F.B. Calls for ‘Fair Play’ Ahead of Election

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sergio Chuc There is more tonight to the ongoing battles within the Football Federation of Belize. On Monday, you heard Sergio Chuc who has been disqualified from seeking elections as president, call on delegates to stay away from the June twenty-fourth elections. The F.F.B. Electoral Appeals Committee barred Chuc from…

Chairpersons Withdrawal from Election Process is Wrong

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ruperto Vicente With Chuc out of the way, Ruperto Vicente and Marlon Kuylen will go head-to-head in a few weeks at the annual congress. In the 2016 elections, after twenty-two rounds of voting, there was no clear winner between Chuc and Vicente, and Marlon Kuylen, was appointed to hold over…

I.D.B. Taps Lisa Shoman for Administrative Tribunal…

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lisa Shoman A Belizean attorney is moving up to a senior post at the Inter-American Development Bank. Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman has been appointed to a six-year term as a sitting judge for the Inter-American Development Bank.  She joins six other adjudicators on the organization’s administrative tribunal which is tasked…

“Yellow Man” Reprimanded, But Keeps His Job

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett A majority of members of the National Assembly Staff Committee voted on Friday during a meeting to reprimand, rather than suspend or remove, House of Representatives Sergeant-At-Arms Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett for his attacks on media personnel inside the National Assembly during the public hearing of…

Macebearer Not Barred from Senate Committee

Source: Channel 5 Belize Laura Longsworth There will be another public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, and members of the Belizeans against Courtenay movement led by Alberto August are expected to be there. Former Immigration Minister Carlos Perdomo will continue his testimony from last week, while Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco…

Big Red’s plight – study to be done on scarlet macaw

Source: The Reporter By Marion V. Ali Assistant Editor Controversy over the transfer of a scarlet macaw, from its rehabilitation roost at Belize Bird Rescue’s Sanctuary to Harvest Caye’s menagerie, peaked last week when bird conservationists questioned the reasoning behind the decision. The questions over the transfer of the bird, “Big Red” were…

O.C. of Corozal Says Officers Felt Threatened

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dennis Arnold Corozal cops are in hot water after Garcia’s death, but they say it’s not that simple. Today, Senior Superintendent Dennis Arnold said police had previously responded to several incidents involving Garcia, and this time officers were told to go prepared because the Chunox handyman was considered “armed and…

Police Want to Charge ‘Rioting’ Chunox Villagers

Source: Channel 5 Belize Before we go to break…in respect of the shooting death of Richard Garcia in Chunox, Senior Superintendent Arnold also told us today that Garcia had chances to leave the property peacefully, but instead attempted to injure cops with a machete. In the end the tenant would be left dead and…

Police Rule Out ‘Serial Killer’ Theory in Corozal Murders

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dennis Arnold Last week, in the immediate aftermath of the brutal double murder of Zeidy Orozco and Balthazar Lopez, questions were raised as to whether a serial killer may be at work in the Corozal District. Like Canadian-American couple Francesca Matus and Drew Thomas DeVoursney, Orozco and Lopez were last…

Thais Cowo Charged for Harm; Says Justice Must Be Served

Source: Channel 5 Belize This afternoon in Orange Walk, twenty-five-year-old mother of three, Thais Cowo of San Pablo Village, was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of harm. She is accused of beating up teacher of San Pablo Government School, Ednita Cocom, on the school’s compound on Thursday afternoon.  Her oldest…

Owner of Twins’ Supermarket Robbed at Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Saturday evening, police responded to a report of a robbery at Twins Supermarket on Saint Thomas Street in north side Belize City. Today, it was business as usual at the establishment, but business owner forty-two-year-old Quan Pan Chan says that just after four p.m. on Saturday while he was…

Accused Serial Rapist Free of 2 Convictions

Source: Channel 5 Belize A serial rapist in Belmopan, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2011, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.  He was also serving a ten-year stretch for an armed robbery.  But tonight, Alberto Ical was acquitted of those charges after successfully appealing both cases.  Six years ago, the…

84-Year-Old Fights for Life after Orange Walk Stabbing

Source: Channel 5 Belize In Orange Walk, on Saturday afternoon around twelve-thirty, eighty-four year old Pablo Zenon Reyes was standing in front of his establishment, a tortilla factory located on Progress Street. Suddenly, without warning, one Nigel Guerra stabbed him once to his left forearm and twice to the abdomen with a kitchen knife.…

Lady Footballers in Charge of Sports Monday

Source: Channel 5 Belize Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights from the weekend sporting activities….] Link: Lady Footballers in Charge of Sports Monday

One dead, one injured in Cotton Tree shooting

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Police are investigating a shooting incident which left one man, Omar Barahona, dead and another, Alexander Brook, injured. Police say that both men were socializing in Cotton Tree village, Cayo on Saturday night, when a gunman approached them and opened fire. The gunman, described as…

Olympic day run held

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Runners of all ages gathered in Belize City in front of Brodies on Regent Street today, for the annual Olympic Day Run, hosted by the Belize Olympic Association (BOA). The event, sponsored by the the International Olympic Committee, drew 250 participants, along with their families…

3 men accused of murdering BDF soldier

Source: Amandala News | 3 men accused of murdering BDF soldier James Noralez, 28, fight retrial order BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 8, 2017–Three men who are accused of murdering Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldier James Noralez, 28, back in November 2012, are fighting a retrial order handed down by the Belize […]

An ex-cop for Kolbe!

Source: Amandala News | An ex-cop for Kolbe! BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 8, 2017–Firearms examiner and the country’s leading ballistics expert, Orlando Vera, who is also the second in command at the Belize Forensic Science Service, was sentenced to serve two years in prison after being convicted last […]

CabSec Carlos Perdomo badmouths Therese Chavarria

Source: Amandala News | CabSec Carlos Perdomo badmouths Therese Chavarria BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. June 7, 2017–Today, Carlos Perdomo, the current Cabinet Secretary and former Minister of National Security (which had then included the Immigration Department), returned from his vacation in Los Angeles. However, before attending to his Cabinet duties, […]

Two brilliant stars rise in the South

Source: Amandala News | Two brilliant stars rise in the South Toledo finally makes top 25 in the PSE PUNTA GORDA, Wed. June 7, 2017–The southern districts do not usually make it on the annual roster of top 25 performers in the Primary School Examination (PSE), but this year, Devyne Lopez, […]

National Over-40 Tournament 2017 Week 1 results, Week 2 schedule

Source: Amandala News | National Over-40 Tournament 2017 Week 1 results, Week 2 schedule BELMOPAN, Wed. June 7, 2017–The inaugural National Over-40 Football Tournament 2017 kicked off over the past weekend with 3 games played. On Saturday night, June 3, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Benque Veterans dropped Belmopan Veterans, 3-0, with goals from […]

1773, 1798, 1823, 1838, and 1898

Source: Amandala News | 1773, 1798, 1823, 1838, and 1898 The history of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, when the Baymen repelled a Spanish attack from Yucatan in 1798, was first memorialized in 1823, in a document before the British Parliament entitled THE DEFENCE OF THE SETTLERS OF HONDURAS […]

1773, 1798, 1823, 1838 y 1898

Source: Amandala News | 1773, 1798, 1823, 1838 y 1898 La historia de la Batalla de Cayo San Jorge, cuando los Hombres de la Bahía repelieron un ataque español de Yucatán en 1798, primero fue conmemorada en 1823, en un documento ante el parlamento británico titulado LA DEFENSA DE LOS […]

Right to the Point: Of lawyers … laws and lawlessness

Source: Amandala News | Right to the Point: Of lawyers … laws and lawlessness June 8, 2017 It’s been a while that I have not written and I went without saying a word, but I hope my apology is accepted and I am forgiven for making the ink in my pen run dry and […]

U.S. Re-States Authority on Fate of Edmond Castro Visa

Source: Channel 5 Belize | U.S. Re-States Authority on Fate of Edmond Castro Visa The diplomatic and visitor’s visas of Minister Edmond Castro were revoked in May, but the reason remains under a cloud of suspicion. News of the revocation came via a press release from the minister, though there was no reason provided for

Washington Watches Belmopan, But is Not Recording

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Washington Watches Belmopan, But is Not Recording In open court, as well as during a recent testimony before the Senate Special Select Committee, Burgess has gone on record to state that the U.S. Embassy is in possession of an audio recording of Minister Edmond Castro.  Earlier today, we also asked

Orlando Vera Challenges Conviction, Seeks Bail

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Orlando Vera Challenges Conviction, Seeks Bail He faces two years in prison, but senior forensic ballistic examiner Orlando Vera, convicted for abetment to pervert the course of justice, is fighting his conviction and sentence.  Today, he applied for bail pending the hearing of his inferior appeal to the Supreme Court.

Trio in Tanya Carter Robbery Spared Jail

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Trio in Tanya Carter Robbery Spared Jail A trio of teenagers were handed suspended prison sentences for their roles in the robbery of entertainer Tanya Carter more than a week ago. Magistrate Carlon Mendoza sentenced nineteen year old Darwin Monroy to one year in prison, suspended. He has been further

Man Shot to Death by Police in Chunox

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Man Shot to Death by Police in Chunox There is another fatal shooting up north in the Corozal District. At this time, police are at the scene in the village of Chunox where a resident was shot this evening. Reports are that four officers responded to a report of violence

Security Guard Shot, Left Critical for Firearm

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Security Guard Shot, Left Critical for Firearm A security officer remains hospitalized tonight after an attempt on his life on Thursday night. John Hoare is employed by Technical Security System from Cayo but was on duty in Belize City when he was shot. Two men approached Hoare but instead of

Kidnapped San Pedro Girl Back in Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Kidnapped San Pedro Girl Back in Belize Hamy Reyes is tonight safe at the San Ignacio Police Station. The seven-year-old student of Ambergris Elementary School in San Pedro was abducted by her grandmother from the babysitter’s house in the San Mateo area on the island and taken to Guatemala over

The Barrier Reef Still in Danger

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The Barrier Reef Still in Danger The Belize Barrier Reef System will remain on the UNESCO world heritage site ‘in danger list.’  It has been on this list for eight years and in March of this year, Belize submitted its status report to the UNESCO World Heritage Site committee for

Health authorities monitor for increases in gastroenteritis

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter With the onset of the rainy season, the Ministry of Health is keeping a closer look out for spikes in incidents of gastroenteritis, according to Chief Executive Officer in that ministry, Ramon Figueroa. Figueroa explained that due to issues like sanitation and water contamination, the…

US $95 Million More for Dunkeld? G.O.B. Says No Way

Source: Channel 5 Belize | US Million More for Dunkeld? G.O.B. Says No Way There is another round of costly litigation coming our way, and once again it has to do with Belize Telemedia Limited.  The Government of Belize paid half of the settlement figure last year, although it was delayed due to miscalculation over

Government Plans C.C.J. Fight; Hopes for ‘Magic’

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Government Plans C.C.J. Fight; Hopes for ‘Magic’ Joseph Waight Without a doubt the matter will be going to the CCJ, which FinSec Joseph Waight says is provided for under the settlement agreement signed in Miami, Florida in 2015 between Lord Michael Ashcroft and Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Ninety-five million U.S.

U.S. Court Refuses UHS Hearing; Belize Injunction Lifted

Source: Channel 5 Belize | U.S. Court Refuses UHS Hearing; Belize Injunction Lifted Joseph Waight According to a U.S. court decision, the eighteen-point-five million U.S.-dollar arbitral award for the Belize Bank Limited against the Government will not be reconsidered. It leaves only an injunction granted in Belize in February on which a decision is expected

Church Leader Says There is Still Hope

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Church Leader Says There is Still Hope Roosevelt Papouloute Reverend Papouloute expects that the report of the Council of Churches will be produced once all its executive members are together in a few weeks’ time. But despite the separate reports being made, the relationship between the members of the Council,

Anglicans Thought Dialogue Was Needed After Section 53 Decision

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Anglicans Thought Dialogue Was Needed After Section 53 Decision Phillip Wright A partial appeal of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s historic decision on Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code of Belize is set for hearing at the Belize Court of Appeal. However, only the Roman Catholic Diocese and the Attorney General

BBS celebrates World Accreditation Day

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) is holding a seminar for Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) students today, in celebration of World Accreditation Day. The seminar gathers TVET students from all over the country to learn about the importance of standards in the construction…

Ladyville Health Center gets an upgrade

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Today the United States Army, South and the Government of Belize held a joint inauguration of a new facility for the Ladyville Health Center. The facility was designed to increase the capacity of the existing health center, to enable health officials to better serve the…

US wants Guatemala’s ex VP for drug trafficking conspiracy

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Roxana Baldetti, 55, Guatemala’s former vice president, is wanted by the United States for conspiring to smuggle cocaine to the US between 2010 and 2015. The US has sought Baldetti’s extradition to face trial there. US authorities say Baldetti Baldetti was arrested in 2015 and…

PSE results and top performers list is out

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The Ministry of Education this week released the preliminary results of the 2017 Primary School Examination, along with the list of the 25 students, who had the best scores in the country. There were 7,271 candidates who registered for the exam; however, 7,077 completed the…

Football players paid by BDF?

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali Assistant Editor Information on who exactly were members of the team for the Belize Defense Force (BDF) in 2009, when they were the Belize Premier League champions proved difficult to come by this week, because nobody who the media contacted seemed to know about it, or was…

Bella Vista girl receives Princess Diana Award

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland   A 17-year-old female Belizean student from Bella Vista, Toledo was awarded the Princess Diana Award at the St. James Palace in London, England on May 18.   Elsia Pop, a Belize Natural Energy (BNE) scholar, was bestowed with the prestigious award by the famed princess’ two…

Serial Killer Stalking Corozal?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Serial Killer Stalking Corozal? Dennis Arnold There have been two double murders reported in the Corozal District within the past six weeks.  The first incident involved the gruesome abduction and strangulation of Canadian-American couple Francesca Matus and Drew Thomas DeVoursney.  They were similarly reported missing on April twenty-fifth, prior to

O.W. Man Shot Dead in Corozal Tuesday Night

Source: Channel 5 Belize | O.W. Man Shot Dead in Corozal Tuesday Night Before the gruesome discovery of Lopez and Orozco, the body of a third murder victim was found.  He is a twenty-one-year-old Orange Walk resident who was shot and killed in the Dominguez Layout area of Corozal on Tuesday night.  According to his

Immigration the Butt of “Corruption Jokes”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Immigration the Butt of “Corruption Jokes” Carlos Perdomo The “culture of corruption” has become a theme of the Senate Inquiry. Various Immigration officers have come forward to acknowledge that the department was largely at the mercy of ministers of government and their lackeys who pretty much got what they wanted

Perdomo Says, “I Only Recommended for Clean Files.”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Perdomo Says, “I Only Recommended for Clean Files.” Carlos Perdomo The minister’s pen proved mightier than any sword in the Immigration Department. Testimony from various officers showed that a minister’s recommendation, whether for passport, visa or nationality, carried significant weight with the Department’s workers, even if the rest of the

Anglicans, Methodists Pull Out of Church-State Commission

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Anglicans, Methodists Pull Out of Church-State Commission Philip Wright In the wake of the momentous August 2016 decision by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to overturn Section fifty-three of the Criminal Code, godly Belizeans raised outrage at what they perceived as a nation turning away from Christian morality. Church leaders from

Bishop Hopes Sides Can Come Back to Agreement

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Bishop Hopes Sides Can Come Back to Agreement Philip Wright We asked Bishop Wright whether the fundamental differences between the two sides will hurt the Commission, and whether it was all a knee-jerk reaction in the wake of the Section Fifty-three case which is now being partially appealed by the

Expense bill for BTL nationalization “very, very outrageous:” Fin Sec

Source: Amandala News | Expense bill for BTL nationalization “very, very outrageous:” Fin Sec BELIZE CITY, Fri. June 2, 2017–On Thursday, June 1, the firms of Moore Stephens Magaña LLP and Crowe Horwath reportedly served Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow with a letter claiming that virtually all the balance due in […]

San Andres couple missing; feared dead

Source: Amandala News | San Andres couple missing; feared dead COROZAL TOWN, Sun. June 4, 2017–There is fear in San Andres, Corozal District, among the family members and friends of Zeidy Orosco, 32, a domestic of the village, and her common-law husband, Baltazar Lopez, 41, a laborer of Ranchito, also […]

Another baby dies in KHMH

Source: Amandala News | Another baby dies in KHMH BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 5, 2017–The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is yet again at the center of another controversy. The MacKinnon family visited our newspaper today and revealed that a month ago, Tracy MacKinnon, 7 months pregnant, was rushed […]

From life sentence to 21 years

Source: Amandala News | From life sentence to 21 years BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 5, 2017–Osmar Sabido, who was initially convicted in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court of the murder of his common-law wife Christie Carrasco, 21, on appeal had his murder conviction and life in prison sentence […]

FFB’s National Over-40 under way, Week 1 results

Source: Amandala News | FFB’s National Over-40 under way, Week 1 results BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 5, 2017–With little fanfare, the long anticipated National Over-40 Football Tournament 2017 kicked off over the weekend with 3 games played. With the late addition of the Lake team from Belize City, there are now 8 […]

Ask an animal expert

Source: Amandala News | Ask an animal expert Ask an Animal Expert is a monthly column from Belize Humane Society. Every month, we’ll ask a veterinarian or other expert the most common questions about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. This month, we find out how we can […]

At least 57 murdered in Belize since 2017 began

Source: Amandala News | At least 57 murdered in Belize since 2017 began BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 5, 2017–The year 2016 saw the second highest murder count in Belize, and Belize is still grappling with a high per capita murder rate of roughly 36 homicides per 100,000 residents, with 11 murders a month […]

Guatemalan man, 65, remanded for sexual assault of child, 6

Source: Amandala News | Guatemalan man, 65, remanded for sexual assault of child, 6 BELIZE CITY, Fri. June 2, 2017–A 65-year-old Guatemalan man was remanded to the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned on a charge of sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl. Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith arraigned Francisco Figueroa on one […]

Tour de Santino – May 27 & 28, 2017 results

Source: Amandala News | Tour de Santino – May 27 & 28, 2017 results BELIZE CITY, May 29, 2017-A total of 62 riders registered for this first ever Tour de Santino – 21 Mexicans and 41 Belizeans. By the end of the Tour, 15 riders had abandoned, 14 Belizeans and 1 Mexican, Juan Manuel Yapur, […]

Jerson Carballo Attacked on Way Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Jerson Carballo Attacked on Way Home Jerson Carballo In the Saint Martin De Porres area of the city on Monday night, the life of Jerson Carballo was snuffed out and police have no motive or suspect. Carballo had left the house of his cousins and was riding home when he

Man’s Body Found in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Man’s Body Found in Corozal Around seven this morning, a body was found under a tree next to the basketball court and football field in the village of San Narciso in the Corozal District. It has since been identified as that of Ramon Rejon, a resident from the neighboring village

Couple Still Missing; Has The Worst Happened?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Couple Still Missing; Has The Worst Happened? Also up north in Corozal, the search continues for a couple who has been missing since Thursday.  Thirty-four-year-old Zeidy Orozco and forty-two-year-old Balthazar Lopez were last seen in the vicinity of Corozo Blues, but hours later, Orozco car was found torched in a

Did Government Pay Footballers with B.D.F. Money?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Did Government Pay Footballers with B.D.F. Money? The Belize Defence Force is under fire tonight. News Five has obtained documents showing invoices for fifty thousand dollars worth of payments of allowances made to members of the team in 2009 when they were Belize Premier Football League champions. But were these

Guatemalan Grandmother Kidnapped San Pedro Girl

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Guatemalan Grandmother Kidnapped San Pedro Girl Hamy Alena Reyes A seven-year-old girl has reportedly been abducted by her grandmother and is believed to have been taken from her hometown in San Pedro across the border to neighboring Guatemala.  Hamy Alena Reyes is a student of Ambergris Elementary School, who was

D.P.P. on Pakeman: Botched Investigation; Premature Dismissal of Charges

Source: Channel 5 Belize | D.P.P. on Pakeman: Botched Investigation; Premature Dismissal of Charges Dorian Pakeman In a surprise statement, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has made scathing remarks against those who mismanaged the investigation of Dorian Pakeman, the Director of the Government Press Office.  In what turned out to be a sensational

Curt Smith, Bernice Yorke’s and Belize’s Best in P.S.E.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Curt Smith, Bernice Yorke’s and Belize’s Best in P.S.E. Curt Smith Students are breathing a sigh of relief tonight, following the release of this year’s P.S.E. results. Seven thousand two hundred and seventy one students registered for the exam that assesses students in the areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies

Corozal’s Mary Hill, Methodist Schools Also Celebrating

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Corozal’s Mary Hill, Methodist Schools Also Celebrating Most top scorers in the P.S.E. are from the City, but while on assignment in Corozal, we dropped by the Mary Hill Primary School where there was reason to celebrate. The district performed the best overall in this year’s exams and at Mary

Results Still Average; Slight Improvement for Math, English

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Results Still Average; Slight Improvement for Math, English Earlier you saw some of the top performers from twenty five highest overall marks – but they represent just a fraction of the seven thousand plus students who sat the exam. The results, as described by the ministry, are average. According to

Traffic Charges Dropped Against John Briceño

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Traffic Charges Dropped Against John Briceño P.U.P. leader John Briceño saw charges of Negligent Harm, Failure to Report an Accident and Driving a Vehicle without Due Care and Attention tossed out of the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court today. He had been charged in February of 2015 based on a report

Couple Goes Missing in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Couple Goes Missing in Corozal Anxiety is building up in Corozal where a couple has not been heard from since Thursday night.  Search parties have been combing the area around the village of Patchakan in the Corozal District where the vehicle belonging to Zeidy Orozco was found torched after she

Body of Sarteneja Woman Retrieved from Sea

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Body of Sarteneja Woman Retrieved from Sea Two persons drown over the weekend in separate incidents in the north and west of the country. Just after nine on Sunday morning, the decomposing body forty-four-year-old Acita Flores was discovered floating about half a mile north of Consejo Village in the Corozal

Elderly Man Drowns in Santa Familia – Was It Deliberate?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Elderly Man Drowns in Santa Familia – Was It Deliberate? The second drowning over the weekend involved a seventy-nine-year-old man from the Cayo District. On Friday afternoon, Eduardo Landero jumped in the river and didn’t come back up. His decomposing body was found on Sunday morning and was buried immediately.

Ernie Zelaya Sent Down for Weed Bust

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Ernie Zelaya Sent Down for Weed Bust Justice was swift this morning for a father of three in the lower court. Ernie Zelaya was fined ten thousand dollars and sentenced to three years behind bars for the offense of drug trafficking when he appeared in the court room of Senior

Burrell Boom Says No to Bradley’s Boat Yard

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Burrell Boom Says No to Bradley’s Boat Yard Less than two weeks ago, someone set fire to boat moulds owned by Bradley’s Boat Yard, previously located in Belize City. It relocated some time ago to a property off the Burrell Boom-Hattieville Road just outside Burrell Boom village. But the move

P.S.E. Results Coming; Will Strike Have Impact?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.S.E. Results Coming; Will Strike Have Impact? Students have been anxiously awaiting the results of the 2017 Primary School Examination, sat in April and May of this year. According to the Examinations Unit of the Ministry of Education, that wait is almost over, as the results should be released sometime

MoneyGram Office Hit by Robbers in Santa Elena

Source: Channel 5 Belize | MoneyGram Office Hit by Robbers in Santa Elena Police have confirmed that there was an armed robbery in Santa Elena Town this afternoon but at news time, they are still investigating. News Five understands that the Nationwide Cash Express office next to Lin’s Supermarket on the George Price Highway near

AIDS Commission Honored for Regional Testing

Source: Channel 5 Belize | AIDS Commission Honored for Regional Testing The Belize National AIDS Commission and Executive Director Enrique Romero were recognized with the Tenth Anniversary Regional Testing Day Innovative Outreach Award for their contribution to the Regional Testing Day on HIV initiative. The award was given in recognition of the innovative approach that

Harvest Caye for All – Even FECTAB

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Harvest Caye for All – Even FECTAB Over the weekend, we caught up with Minister Manuel Heredia Junior on South West’s Inaugural Flight to Belize. Now, prior to opening up a small market for local tour operators to ferry cruise passengers from Harvest Caye to mainland Placencia, there had been

September celebrations theme competition officially opened

Source: The Reporter | September celebrations theme competition officially opened By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter   Preperations for the 2017 September celebrations have begun, and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), is announcing the official opening of the September celebrations theme competition. The theme should not be more than 10 words, and individuals

COLA president surprised by ban from Senate inquiry

Source: The Reporter | COLA president surprised by ban from Senate inquiry By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter   While the Senate inquiry on the immigration scandal went smoothly on Wednesday, firebrand activist Geovanni Brackett of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), is up in arms after he and Raymond Rivers were banned from entering

Belize’s former Ambassador to (China) Taiwan testifies at the Senate immigration hearing

Source: Amandala News | Belize’s former Ambassador to (China) Taiwan testifies at the Senate immigration hearing BELMOPAN, Wed. May 31, 2017–The Senate Select Committee investigating the Auditor General’s report on irregularities at the Immigration Department between 2011 and 2013 met today in Belmopan at the National Assembly building after its hearing last week was postponed

Finally, Ministers named!

Source: Amandala News | Finally, Ministers named! BELMOPAN, Wed. May 31, 2017–Whistleblower Alvarine Burgess took the witness stand in May 2015 in defense of herself in a defamation lawsuit in the Supreme Court filed by Hon. Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro. Yesterday, Wednesday, Burgess appeared before the […]

Hon. Edmond Castro “explains” the cancellation of his US visas

Source: Amandala News | Hon. Edmond Castro “explains” the cancellation of his US visas BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 31, 2017–The U.S. State Department’s revocation of Minister of National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and Transport, Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro’s diplomatic and personal visas may be an indictment of the corruption currently afflicting the Dean […]

Ready Call Center will trim its workforce by 239

Source: Amandala News | Ready Call Center will trim its workforce by 239 BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 1, 2017–Tomorrow, June 2, Ready Call Center Ltd. will be celebrating its 12th anniversary of operations in Belize. For the company, however, it is a bitter-sweet anniversary, because a part of the company operations will cease […]

Pepsi NEBL champion will be crowned Saturday night

Source: Amandala News | Pepsi NEBL champion will be crowned Saturday night Dynasty versus destiny SAN IGNACIO TOWN, CAYO, Thurs. June 1, 2017–The Pepsi NEBL 2017 champion will be crowned on Saturday night, June 3, at the San Pedro High School in San Pedro Town. The game will tip off at 9:00 […]

Miss Belize Universe controversy takes a new turn

Source: Amandala News | Miss Belize Universe controversy takes a new turn BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 31, 2017–In the wake of controversy over the abruptly terminated reign of Miss Belize Universe, Rebecca “Bexx” Rath, a press release was issued by Orson Elrington, who said that he was speaking on behalf of himself […]

Belmopan First Division Tournament update

Source: Amandala News | Belmopan First Division Tournament update BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 29, 2017–The Belmopan First Division Closing Tournament 2017 continued over the weekend with 5 games at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. On Friday, May 26, in a Group B opener, Roaring Creek United shut out Wingz FC, […]

So Barrow in 1995, so Saldivar in 2017!

Source: Amandala News | So Barrow in 1995, so Saldivar in 2017! “Sometimes it’s better to not open your mouth and confirm that you are a fool. There is absolutely no misuse involved in using public resources to help a basketball team and I am absolutely prepared to go down believing that!!! […]

ASP Rochelle Chan Will Seek Legal Advice Over Naming in Senate Inquiry

Source: Channel 5 Belize | ASP Rochelle Chan Will Seek Legal Advice Over Naming in Senate Inquiry Assistant Superintendent of Police Rochelle Chan has spoken out, but reluctantly, in response to statements made by acquaintance Alvarine Burgess in Wednesday’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee. News Five tracked him down this morning in

Chan Says U.S. Visa Expired, Was Not Revoked

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Chan Says U.S. Visa Expired, Was Not Revoked Separate and apart from the allegations made against him by Burgess, reports surfaced that Assistant Superintendent Rochelle Chan had his U.S. visa revoked by authorities. The truth is in somewhat greater detail, according to Chan, and has nothing to do with any

The Full Extent of the David Nanes Affair

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The Full Extent of the David Nanes Affair The confidential report of the Immigration Department and former acting Director Maria Marin on the David Nanes Schnitzer affair has been obtained by News Five.  At the end of this past January, the Mexican-American was captured and deported to Mexico to face

Guatemalan Fined Over False Documents

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Guatemalan Fined Over False Documents Guatemalan national Lazaro Rafael Zaldivar Lopez has yet to pay a fine of three thousand dollars and remains in prison over the weekend. He changed a plea of not guilty to a single count of possession of a false document to guilty before Magistrate Carlon

Accused Toledo Murderer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Accused Toledo Murderer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter Forty-seven-year-old Florencio Pop who was charged with the February, 2012 chopping murder of Felix Cucul Ich in Bladden Village, in Southern Belize, was sentenced in the Dangriga Supreme court earlier this week.   This came after Pop changed his not guilty plea of murder to guilty of manslaughter

Kendis Flowers Charged for Shooting at Police Officers

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Kendis Flowers Charged for Shooting at Police Officers Well-known street figure Kendis Flowers appeared in court today where he was arraigned for the attempted murder of two police officers. According to police, Flowers fired as many as five shots at two Police Constables in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cayo Police Vehicle Rammed; Driver Charged

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Cayo Police Vehicle Rammed; Driver Charged Earlier today, pictures surfaced on social media of a police pickup, extensively damaged to the rear and front portions. A late evening release by the department states that a police officer attached to the San Ignacio Formation parked the Ford F-150 Pickup Truck in

Motorcyclist Dies after Crashing into Sugar Trailers

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Motorcyclist Dies after Crashing into Sugar Trailers A traffic accident on Thursday night claimed the life of thirty-three-year-old Rigoberto Coba of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District.  It happened on the Corozal Cane Traffic Road near BELCOGEN. Coba, who is a voluntary Special Constable, was travelling on a motorcycle from Orange

Another Corozal couple missing!

Source: The Reporter | Another Corozal couple missing! By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter   A frantic search is underway for a missing Corozal couple, after their vehicle was found burnt and abandoned in a cane field in Patchakan village on Thursday. According to sources, Zeida Orosco, 32, of San Andres village, Corozal left her house

Police special constable dies in RTA

Source: The Reporter | Police special constable dies in RTA By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter   A Police Special Constable of Guinea Grass is dead after he reportedly slammed into the back of a parked trailer in Orange Walk on Thursday night. The incident happened sometime after 10:00 p.m., and claimed the life of Rigoberto

The healing circle book of poems launched

Source: The Reporter | The healing circle book of poems launched By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A book of poems entitled, “The healing Circle”, was launched last week Thursday at the Saint Catherine Academy multi-purpose center. The book highlights 64 poems, penned by 17-year-old Azizi Hoy and 70-year-old Myrna Manzanarez. Both women are Belizean icons

Honduran diplomat in Belize fired for transcription error

Source: The Reporter | Honduran diplomat in Belize fired for transcription error By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter A Honduran diplomat in Belize was fired this week after he made a grave error in translating an official communiqué regarding his country’s position on the current civil unrest in Venezuela. Honduras’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on

Lights, Cameras, Action! Just not in people’s bedrooms please!

Source: The Reporter | Lights, Cameras, Action! Just not in people’s bedrooms please! By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor   People’s interactions and behaviour, particularly on the south side of Belize City, is something the Belize Police Department has started to literally zoom in on, with the acquisition of the first set of high definition surveillance

Opal back pedals on Ms. Belize status

Source: The Reporter | Opal back pedals on Ms. Belize status By Benjamin Flowers   After a firestorm of bad publicity over the apparent dethroning of Ms. Belize 2016-2017, Rebecca Rath, Opal Enriquez, former pageant organizer, has recanted her position on Rath’s status.   Enriquez had issued a release on May 26 stating “Effective Immediately,

Belize City and South Korea signs MOU

Source: The Reporter | Belize City and South Korea signs MOU By Michelle Sutherland     Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at City Hall last Friday with the Mayor of Yeosu, Ju Cheol Hyeon of South Korea.   The MOU was officially signed on Friday May 26, and seeks

Belize city mayor address UN forum on Sustainable Development

Source: The Reporter | Belize city mayor address UN forum on Sustainable Development By Michelle Sutherland   Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley, returned from New York last week after attending the United Nations Economic and Social Council Forum on Financing Sustainable Development.   The forum was an international conference by the United Nations Economic and

Mexico extends visitors card stay

Source: The Reporter | Mexico extends visitors card stay By Michelle Sutherland   Holders of Mexico’s Regional Visitors Card are advised that there has been a recent amendment that extends visitors temporary stay from 3 to 7 days.   The embassy sent out a press release last week stating that the recent amendment became effective

C.C.J. Welcomes Newest Judge Denys Barrow

Source: Channel 5 Belize | C.C.J. Welcomes Newest Judge Denys Barrow The big day arrived for Senior Counsel Denys Barrow, who this morning became the seventh and final member of the Caribbean Court of Justice and will shortly be off to its seat in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  In addition to many years of practice,

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