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December 14, 2017

Belize

Accused killer from San Pedro captured in Veracruz, Mexico

Source: Amandala News SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Mon. Dec.11, 2017–After being on the run for about 10 months, Vildo Westby, 35, of San Pedro, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of popular San Pedro activist, Felix Ayuso Jr., […] Link: Accused killer from San Pedro captured in Veracruz,

Unarmed Honduran security guard murdered in Belize City

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 11, 2017– An unarmed Honduran national who was doing guard duty is dead — a victim of gun violence after weeks of calm in the old capital. According to police reports, shortly after 3 o’clock on […] Link: Unarmed Honduran security guard murdered in Belize City

BCCI’s response to PM Barrow’s letter

Source: Amandala News December 4, 2017 Rt. Hon. Dean 0. Barrow Prime Minister of Belize Belmopan City, Cayo District BELIZE Dear Prime Minister, We note that your letter, dated November 30, 2017, in which you responded to our Wednesday, November 29, press release […] Link: BCCI’s response to PM Barrow’s letter

As Charges Come, Accuser Seeks Justice

Source: Channel 5 Belize The alleged perpetrator is expected to be taken to court on Wednesday where he will be charged with two counts of an unnatural act. The alleged victim says that he is speaking out because what happened to him in prison was wrong. He feels that he was put in the…

Security Guard Murdered; 2-Week Break in City Snapped

Source: Channel 5 Belize Baltazar Sarmeinto Ponce For a period of two weeks since November twenty-fourth, there were no murders recorded in the city, but shortly after midnight on Friday, the lifeless body of Baltazar Sarmeinto Ponce was discovered at his workplace.  The Honduran watchman was shot to the head while on duty at…

In San Ignacio, Israel Chuc Dies Suddenly

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo In the case of the lifeless body of thirty-four-year-old Israel Chuc, a resident of Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio, police do not suspect foul play. Chuc’s body was discovered on Sunday morning in the vicinity of Branch Mouth Road.  It had a faint trace of blood on…

Inmate to be Charged with Raping Another

Source: Channel 5 Belize The sexual assault of an inmate, an alleged rape that occurred at the Belize Central Prison, is being investigated by police and it is expected that the perpetrator of that crime will appear before the court by Tuesday.  News Five first reported the incident last Tuesday, when the family of…

Accused in Gas Tomza Robbery Deny Involvement in Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize An Ex-B.D.F. soldier, along with a night division student at Gwen Lizarraga High School, were arraigned this morning in connection with the robbery of Gas Tomza on the George Price Highway, where the Manager was held at knife point and robbed of one thousand four hundred and eighty dollars on…

Fire Hits Market Stall

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Michael Finnegan Market, formerly known as Queen’s Square Market, was the scene of a fire over the weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, a stall that was being occupied by fifty-two-year-old Pearl Usher, at the corners of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal went up in smoke sometime after midday.  Belize…

Gimme 5 – Daughter Accepts Mom’s Grand Prize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Channel Five’s twenty-fifth anniversary as a television station came last year. But last week our longest-running program other than this newscast marked a similar anniversary too. That’s right; it has been twenty-five years since Gimme 5 first premiered on this station in 1992. And while it’s always fun to win…

Christmas at Stella Maris

Source: Channel 5 Belize It is the season for giving and the children at Stella Maris Primary School had a day of fun-filled activities complete with gifts from Santa Claus at the Radisson. The Christmas party sponsored by the Belize Bank took place today. Their excitement was contagious; aside from the gifts and games,…

PLB Champions Verdes Rules Sports Monday

Source: Channel 5 Belize Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…] Link: PLB Champions Verdes Rules Sports Monday

House meeting today

Source: Amandala News House meets, but not to debate the over $90 million payment to the Belize Bank for UHS BELIZE CITY, Fri. Dec. 8, 2017–When the Government of Belize announced that it was holding a meeting of the House of Representatives today, […] Link: House meeting today

Audiaz Lopez, 24, dies in traffic accident

Source: Amandala News NUEVO SAN JUAN, Orange Walk District, Wed. Dec. 6, 2017–Audiaz Lopez, 24, of Nuevo San Juan, Orange Walk District, a well-known cargo dispatcher of the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi of Belize City, died in a traffic accident sometime […] Link: Audiaz Lopez, 24, dies in traffic accident

Prisoner sodomized at Belize Central Prison

Source: Amandala News His mother accuses prison officials of coverup HATTIEVILLE, Belize District, Tues. Dec. 5, 2017–A prisoner on remand at the Kolbe-managed Belize Central Prison was sodomized on two separate occasions and prison officials apparently decided they would attempt to cover up […] Link: Prisoner sodomized at Belize Central Prison

P.M. Says Hold Off on U.H.S. Debt Payment until House Meets Next

Source: Channel 5 Belize The last House of Representatives meeting for 2017 was more even-tempered than usual, perhaps reflecting the current season. Members debated two motions and passed four outstanding bills, including the legislation for the oil moratorium. But while it only got passing mention in this gathering, the Universal Health Services debate still…

Thumbs Up for N.T.U.C.B.; Down for Chamber, Belize Bank

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow All this week News Five has been covering the various reactions from across the political spectrum, including from the vaunted “social partners” of the Government. They have all told the Government to do its best to pay off the money and avoid further crippling interest or even litigation.…

Why Franz Parke Had To Go

Source: Channel 5 Belize Franz Parke Jamaican-American attorney Franz Parke’s brief second tenure as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Belize came to an end earlier this week. In the days since his departure, startling allegations regarding his personal and professional conduct since moving to the U.S. in 1980 have emerged. Parke…

Marilyn Williams Moving Up to Supreme Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marilyn Williams In other judicial news, the complement of the Supreme Court is to increase by two starting in January. One of the appointees is none other than attorney Marilyn Williams, a former political candidate for the ruling United Democratic Party in the Albert division in 2003. Since then Williams…

Hold Up at Gas Depot Caught On Camera

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sometime around two o’clock on Thursday afternoon, a pair of armed men entered a compound near mile two on the George Price Highway and proceeded to hold up employees of the gas depot at gunpoint.  The thieves reportedly came under the guise of customers wanting to purchase butane, riding in…

Bank Tells A.G. Gov’t Can’t Hide from U.H.S. Debt

Source: Channel 5 Belize Acting for the Belize Bank Limited, the Courtenay Coye LLP firm has written Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte regarding enforcement of the November twenty-second order of the Caribbean Court of Justice to repay the ninety million dollar judgment, principal and interest, in respect of a Government-guaranteed loan to Universal Health Services.…

Chamber & N.G.O.s Say Pay Up, Too; Unions Want to Meet

Source: Channel 5 Belize As promised last week, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has responded in stinging fashion to Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the matter of the Universal Health Services fiasco. It repeats its insistence that Belize’s laws and political system need to be strengthened to prevent any administration from running…

CitCo Behind Again in Garbage Arrears

Source: Channel 5 Belize Darrell Bradley Is the Belize City Council behind in almost one million dollars in payment to the Belize Waste Control? Mayor Darrell Bradley responded to that report to say that the arrear is normal at this time of year because of the payment cycle, as per the contract with the…

Will Waste Control Stop Picking Up Garbage? CitCo Says No

Source: Channel 5 Belize Darrell Bradley And with those payments lingering, will your garbage be picked up? Mayor Bradley says that the trucks will remain on regular service, collecting garbage on all scheduled days. Today, he dispels the report that the north side garbage collection will be cut back because the Belize Waste Control…

With Public Hearings Over, Report Due Early Next Year

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mark Lizarraga Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga acted as pro-tem chair for today’s final meeting, which was delayed due to an administrative error that pushed the start time from this morning to this afternoon. Absent were the two Government representatives, regular chairman Aldo Salazar and Doctor Carla Barnett, and Opposition…

Mark Lizarraga Agrees U.H.S. is a Mess

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two most recent presidents of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry – incumbent Nikita Usher and predecessor Kay Menzies – have been vocal that the G.O.B. must respect the rule of law and pay the ninety million dollars, which is growing in principal and interest on what was initially…

The FBI has identified a “person of interest” in the murders of American Francesca Matus and Canadian Drew DeVoursney in Belize

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 4, 2017–The gruesome double murder in Belize of Canadian national, Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, 36, remains unsolved seven months later. Belizean investigators had listed Canadian national, John Deshaies, 54, as a […] Link: The FBI has identified a “person of interest”

FBI documents link Goldson with Cuba in 1967

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 4, 2017-Information gleaned from a document “Released under the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992,” suggest that the challenge to Hon. Philip Goldson’s leadership of the National Independence Party (NIP), by the attorney […] Link: FBI documents link Goldson with Cuba in 1967

Two charged for beheading death of Hilton Wade, 56

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Fri. Dec. 1, 2017–Today, two days after Hilton Wayne Wade, 56, was stabbed 28 times and decapitated, the men believed to have carried out the horrible crime were nabbed by police. They are Cotton Tree residents Raphael […] Link: Two charged for beheading death of Hilton Wade,

Justice Franz Parke resigns from the Court of Appeal

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 4, 2017–Despite fierce opposition from several quarters, Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow went ahead and appointed his former law school classmate, Franz Parke, to the Belize Court of Appeal as a Justice of Appeal. Less than […] Link: Justice Franz Parke resigns from the Court of

Villagers Fired Up in Teakettle over Police Misconduct

Source: Channel 5 Belize A nineteen-year-old resident in the village of Teakettle was shot and killed by the police who claim it was not intentional. But villagers are not persuaded that the shooting of Edwin Hernandez was accidental. This morning, they started a bonfire blocking access to the Arizona area to show their anger…

Police at it Again in Belize City; Randy Chambers Targeted

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is another case involving violent police behavior this time in the Belize City. Three officers were captured on surveillance camera stomping on a young man even as he turns himself in to police in his family’s yard on Police Street Extension.  There does not appear to be any justifiable…

Prisoner Alleges Rape; Family Appeals to Prison C.E.O.

Source: Channel 5 Belize A twenty-year-old inmate was buggered on two separate occasions by another prisoner at the Belize Central Prison in November. According to police, a prisoner reported on the twenty-ninth of November that he had been indecently assaulted by a cellmate on that same day and on the twenty-fourth. Police say that…

Grandmother Denies Younger Hyde a Target

Source: Channel 5 Belize Heladora Cruz But was the shooting an attempt to take out Hyde Junior?  And if so, who ordered the unsuccessful hit? Police have several persons detained for questioning, but no one has been charged for the crime. But Heladora Cruz says her grandson is no troublemaker and is not known…

Franz Parke Resigns as Supreme Court Case Looms

Source: Channel 5 Belize Franz Parke There is major news of a judicial nature tonight. Just over two months after being sworn in, and one week before trial on a fixed date claim form concerning his appointment, Justice of the Court of Appeal Franz Parke has resigned. Justice Parke tendered his letter of immediate…

What Happened to Cayo’s Victor Spain?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Victor Spain The west turned out to be the most violent area over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, police were called out to a house in San Ignacio town where the decomposing body of a man was found. Victor Spain’s body was discovered inside his home at about three o’clock;…

Is Teakettle “Jose” a Robber or a Victim?

Source: Channel 5 Belize One man is dead following a shooting at the hands of the police. The victim is unidentified and had moved to the village of Teakettle about four months ago. But over the weekend, the police shot the robbery suspect as he fled from the cops. There are conflicting reports as…

Person of Interest Being Sought in U.S. for Corozal Double Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Drew DeVoursney & Francesca Matus According to People Magazine, U.S. police authorities have identified a possible person of interest in the United States as part of their investigation into the unsolved double slayings of American Drew DeVoursney and his Canadian girlfriend Francesca Matus in the Corozal District in May.  Drew’s mother, Char DeVoursney,…

Accident kills 12-year-old-girl, police detain driver

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The Belize Police Department have a man detained pending investigation into an accident that killed one child and left several more injured this weekend. Police say that they detained 28-year-old construction worker Didier Novelo of San Mateo San Pedro, following an accident between miles 59 and 60…

Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas expo 2017

Source: The Reporter Around 50 local businesses gathered in the St. Catherine’s Academy Auditorium for the 6th Annual Christmas Expo, hosted by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The two-day event began yesterday and runs until 6 p.m today. Local businesses of all sizes and from all over the country are offering…

Could Your Coffee Habit Lengthen Your Life?

Source: The Reporter By Alan Mozes (HealthDay) Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is not only safe for most people, it might protect against heart disease or an early death, a new review suggests. The finding, which applies to so-called “moderate” coffee drinking, stems from a review of more than…

National Garifuna Council honours Andy Palacio’s birthday

Source: The Reporter The National Garifuna Council held masses all over the country today, to honour the birthday of the late Belizean icon Andy Palacio. A total of 11 branches held church services celebrating Palacio’s life and legacy, while some held receptions after the mass to keep the festivities alive. The Belmopan branch…

Four shallow graves found in Caye Chapel

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers On Saturday, December 2nd, four shallow graves were found in Caye Cahapel. Human bones were discovered and police continue their investigation into the matter. Details will be posted as soon as information becomes available. Link: Four shallow graves found in Caye Chapel

BNTU weighs in on UHS debt

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The Belize National Teachers Union is the latest group to say that the Government of Belize should pay the $90 million arbitration award with respect to the Universal Health Services debt guarantee. BNTU president Elena Smith told the media that the matter has gone beyond whether or…

Cost of living still on the rise

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers For ten straight months the cost of living in Belize has been higher than it was last year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index from the Statistical Institute of Belize. The SIB released the data on Wednesday showing that that from January to October, Belizeans have…

Maria Marin says the Immigration Ministry instructed officers to abandon full vetting and expedite visa applications recommended by ministers and caretakers

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. Nov. 29, 2017–During her appearance before the Senate Special Select Committee today, former Director of the Immigration and Nationality Department, Maria Marin, revealed that the first thing she did when she was handed the reins of […] Link: Maria Marin says the Immigration Ministry instructed officers

Another beheading

Source: Amandala News First it was Pastor Lue; now, a Cotton Tree villager’s head was found COTTON TREE, Cayo District, Thurs. Nov. 30, 2017–Shortly after 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, a villager of Cotton Tree, on his way to work, came across a plastic […] Link: Another beheading

$90 million debt “morally reprehensible”

Source: Amandala News So said Prime Minister Dean Barrow BELIZE CITY, Wed. Nov. 29, 2017–Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow held a press conference this morning at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel, where the main topic on the agenda was the 90-million-dollar judgment handed […] Link: million debt “morally reprehensible”

Clinton Arthur Davis’s tragic murder remains unsolved

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Nov. 28, 2017–Last Tuesday, Clinton Arthur Davis, 53, did not return to his family and home at Mile 5 on the George Price Highway. On Friday, his badly decomposed body was discovered about 150 feet from the […] Link: Clinton Arthur Davis’s tragic murder remains unsolved

To pay or not to pay … that is the question

Source: Amandala News December 1, 2017 Dear Editor: In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, five titans of industry emerged in the United States. These men would set the tone and model for modern capitalist businessmen and corporations alike for the rest of […] Link: To pay or not to pay … that

Two charged in beheading murder of Hilton Wade

Source: Channel 5 Belize Raphael Mencias A duo suspected of having participated in the gruesome decapitation of fifty-six-year-old Hilton Wade, in Cotton Tree Village on Wednesday, has been charged with murder.  Wade’s alleged killers are also from the same community where he has been residing for quite some time.  In fact, it is reported…

Chamber of Commerce says debt must be paid, come what may

Source: Channel 5 Belize The matter of the Universal Health Services debt, and what the Government intends doing about it, continue to dominate the news. Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s scathing response to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry this week on their position regarding settlement of the debt to the Belize Bank Limited…

Businessmen balk at new taxes, time for reform

Source: Channel 5 Belize A no vote in parliament, says Usher, raises repercussions beyond the U.H.S. debt. A default would trigger a ‘risk premium’ on the international financing market for borrowing by both Government and private sector. But closer to home, Usher said an unequivocal no to any threat to raise taxes to cover…

Don’t shoot the messenger!

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the Phone: Nikita Usher That said, is there concern from the business community that the relationship between Government and private sector could be damaged? Chamber President Nikita Usher agreed with us that the tone of the Prime Minister’s letter carried an overarching note of annoyance and a mode of…

Third parties weigh in, with strong condemnation

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Progressive Party is calling on Belizeans to persuade their area representatives to vote in favour of satisfying the U.H.S. debt and on civil society to make a demand that Government pay the debt when the Belize Bank calls for it. In a press statement it says that the…

Investigative team named to look at B.D.F. audit

Source: Channel 5 Belize Weeks after it came to light that there was alleged hanky panky in the B.D.F. Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches is being investigated by a team of fellow Belize Defense Force officers for his involvement in a private company that was established to conduct training exercises with the German army. Belize…

Belize Progressive Party says GOB should pay up

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is demanding that the Government of Belize pay its outstanding debt to the Belize Bank to keep the country from going into further disrepute in the eyes of the international community. The BPP issued a statement today challenging the Prime Minister’s statement…

How Government Lost Key Plank of U.H.S. Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Magali Marin-Young Senior Counsel and constitutional attorney Magali Marin-Young discussed the ins and outs of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s decision in favor of the Belize Bank Limited to enforce payment of the loan note. One week of the three-week period under the Crown Proceedings Act has passed for enforcement…

Is Parliament or Constitution Supreme?

Source: Channel 5 Belize No less than nine members of the Government, the United Democratic Party, have indicated that if and when the Appropriation Bill makes it to the House of Representatives they would vote no. Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicated on Wednesday that this would be up to their ‘conscience.’ But Senior Counsel…

A Way the Belize Bank Can Still Get Their Money

Source: Channel 5 Belize Magali Marin-Young The Prime Minister seemed to argue on Wednesday that a vote in parliament, either way, would be the end of the matter. But Senior Counsel Magali Marin-Young says not so. She suggests that if such a vote comes to pass, the matter would go back to the courts…

C.C.J. Cannot Compel Bill Authorizing Payment to Pass

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Prime Minister is duty-bound to table a proposal in the House of Representatives at its next sitting requesting the appropriation of that eight-figure sum from the Consolidated Revenue Fund based on the ruling of the CCJ.  In tandem with the Crown Proceedings Act and the Constitution of Belize, the…

The People’s House Has Final Say; Cannot Be Challenged

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow With most ministers already saying no, the PM says that a conscience vote will end with U.D.P. parliamentarians voting against the bill. In this instance, interest will admittedly continue to accrue past the ninety million dollars, because the debt will not go away from the Government’s balance sheet…

St. Martin’s Builds ‘Swift Hall’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Saint Martin De Porres Parish officially opened its new Parish Hall that will serve many different purposes including a sporting gym and event complex. Construction started over a year ago and today, the media was invited for a look at the facility. Namesake Karl Swift, one of the Parish’s founding…

Reward to Find Missing Hubert Richards, 83

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Richards family is offering a one thousand five hundred-dollar reward to anyone who can help locate eighty-three-year-old Hubert Richards. He has been missing for almost two weeks now and the family is desperately searching for him. He has been spotted in different areas in the Belize District but they…

The strange case of the missing Indian medical student

Source: Amandala News BURRELL BOOM, Belize District, Mon. Nov. 27, 2017–On Friday police reported that he had been missing since November 9, but Amandala can today confirm that Indian national, Maninder Singh, 21, was never missing. Today, our newspaper contacted Keisha Lyn Belezaire, […] Link: The strange case of the missing Indian medical

Clinton Arthur Davis, 54, murdered

Source: Amandala News The real estate agent’s body was found decomposing on his property. There were savage injuries to his head, throat and chest. MILE 5, GEORGE PRICE HIGHWAY, Belize City, Mon. Nov. 27, 2017–The wife of real estate agent Clinton Arthur Davis, […] Link: Clinton Arthur Davis, 54, murdered

Barrow dodges the media

Source: Amandala News The Prime Minister fled from the media at the Philip Goldson International Airport LADYVILLE, Belize District, Mon. Nov. 27, 2017–Last Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dropped the hammer on the Government of Belize, ordering Government to cough up […] Link: Barrow dodges the media

Bishop Ann Henning Byfield comes to Moments of Inspiration

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 27, 2017–Bishop Anne Henning Byfield and seven pastors of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E) of the United States will be visiting Belize from Thursday, November 30, to Tuesday, December 5. Virginia Echols, the host of […] Link: Bishop Ann Henning Byfield comes to Moments of

P.M. to speak Wednesday, but Cabinet says no to U.H.S. and Belize Bank

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Cabinet met in Belmopan this morning, ahead of a scheduled press conference for ten o’clock in Belize City on Wednesday, to discuss government’s position on the pending ninety million dollar U.H.S. debt. Last Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice gave leave for the Belize Bank to enforce collection…

Former A.G. turns on C.C.J. after court reversal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Perhaps the biggest proponent for Belize’s signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final appellate jurisdiction in March 2015, was former Attorney General Wilfred Elrington.  He was the country’s chief legal officer at the time of the transition from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  While…

Belize Bank defends loan note, sledges Gov’t.

Source: Channel 5 Belize In anticipation of Wednesday’s announcement, The Belize Bank Limited is speaking out on the ninety million dollar judgment ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice.  Much of the Bank’s three-page release offers the background in terms of the winding nature of the court case, which has been heard in one…

In few words, why Krismos so awesome in Belize

Source: Amandala News It doesn’t matter what your religion is: if you are roots Belizean, if you’ve got a sense of Belize’s history, Krismos is huge in your life. Can there be anything more special than Pa, Breda, Uncle, Grampa, coming home with […] Link: In few words, why Krismos so awesome in

Belizean health care

Source: Amandala News Every day in Belize, families are having to make stressful financial decisions which have to do with health care. Poor families don’t have to make any decisions: they have to go to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), wait their turn, […] Link: Belizean health care

La atención médica en Belize

Source: Amandala News Todos los días en Belize, las familias tienen que estar tomando estresantes decisiones financieras que tienen que ver con la atención médica. Las familias pobres no tienen que tomar ninguna decisión: tienen que ir al Hospital Karl Heusner Memorial (KHMH por sus […] Link: La atención médica en Belize

Suspected drug plane goes down and burns in Orange Walk

Source: Channel 5 Belize In northern Belize, a second suspected drug plane has been found in less than six months to signal that the drug trade is thriving. The burnt scrap of the aircraft was discovered in a remote cornfield near Hill Bank, Orange Walk, on Sunday morning.  A joint taskforce comprised of police…

Did land dispute cause gruesome death of Clinton Davis?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Clinton Arthur Davis Belize City resident, Clinton Arthur Davis, was beaten to death and his decomposing body was found three days later on Friday at his property. Davis owns a piece of land beside Old Belize on the outskirts of the city. The land was passed down in his family…

Police land multiple suspects

Source: Channel 5 Belize And while Davis’ immediate family believes that a close relative was responsible for his murder, police say they don’t have anything to corroborate that claim. But they are questioning several persons. On the night of the murder, police say they received a tip of a body in the area but…

Homeowner burgled in Sandhill

Source: Channel 5 Belize Burglars stole almost twenty-thousand dollars’ worth of valuables from a home in Sand Hill Village. Well-known education officer, Yvonne Davis, says she wasn’t home between Thursday and Friday and later received reports that several men with two vehicles were spotted in her yard between midday and about three on Friday…

Orange Walk town holds annual tacos fest

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Since 7:00 this morning – and running until the last taco is served – the Banquitas House of Culture in Orange Walk town is holding that 7th annual Tacos Festival. The event has grown over the years to include tacos of every type made in…

Indian student missing for weeks

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Maninder Singh, 21, an Indian student who attends Belize Medical College and lives at #80 Los Lagos, reportedly went missing after attending classes earlier this month. Talins Lima, a student service officer at the medical college on the Burrell Boom road told police that Singh…

Man’s body found near home off highway

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police are investigating the death of a man whose decomposing body was discovered near his house several days after he was last seen alive. Police were alerted of the decomposing body about 150 yards off the George Price Highway near mile 5 1/2 on Friday.…

$90 mil battering for Belize

Source: Amandala News “The interest [$50 mil] alone is more than the actual amount of the loan,” said Belize Bank’s attorney, Eamon Courtenay BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 23, 2017–On November 9, the Government of Belize (GoB) paid out US $78 million to a […] Link: mil battering for Belize

An open letter to the U.S. Secretary of State

Source: Amandala News Letter to the Editor: Please share my open letter to the United States Secretary of State with your readers. Secretary Tillerson: I write to you as President Trump has yet to appoint an Ambassador to Belize. In a democracy when […] Link: An open letter to the U.S. Secretary of

Julius Espat Says P.M. Must Confront U.H.S. Debt

Source: Channel 5 Belize The House of Representatives is scheduled to meet for a final time before year’s end sometime in early December.  Until then, the Barrow administration is forced to stare down an elephant in the room.  That obvious problem which perhaps no one in government is eager to discuss is the ninety…

U.H.S. ‘Came Up,’ but Belize Must Pay

Source: Channel 5 Belize But what Espat will readily agree to is the fact that UHS has since changed hands and has gone on to become an entirely new company with different ownership, all at the expense of the Belizean people.  What he argues, on the other hand, is that the prime minister, by…

The Government’s “Catch-22”

Source: Channel 5 Belize Julius Espat When asked whether members of the U.D.P. government abstaining from supporting the motion is tantamount to a vote of no confidence, Espat says that they would, for all intents and purposes, be finding themselves in a catch twenty-two.   Reporter “If it were to happen that the prime…

Clinton Davis Discovered Dead near City Estate

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fifty-three-year-old Clinton Arthur Davis is the latest victim of murder in the Old Capital. Around noon today his partially decomposed body was found face down with an abrasion to the forehead. Davis was found about one hundred and fifty yards from the highway in bushes near to his residence. The…

Faber Cries Shame on Ex-P.M. Musa

Source: Channel 5 Belize Said Musa As you heard in the news on Wednesday, former Prime Minister Said Musa said that the matter could have been settled during his term in office and that government had indeed received funding from Taiwan and Venezuela that would have cleared the debt. But, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick…

National Assembly Has Tough Decision to Make

Source: Channel 5 Belize Patrick Faber But with all that said and done – the CCJ judgment still stands and G.O.B. must now cough up ninety million Belize dollars. And where will this money come from? DPM Faber says that for now he does not know and that will be up to the Minister…

CARICOM and Belizeans Ponder Marijuana

Source: Channel 5 Belize The debate about recreational usage of marijuana continues, even after the decriminalization of possession of ten grams or less of the drug took effect earlier this month. While there is some support for tentative acceptance of use of weed for medicinal purposes, officialdom continues to frown on any attempt to…

A.G. Says New Law Didn’t End the World

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michael Peyrefitte Closer to home, how have things been going since marijuana decriminalization went into effect on November first? Very well, according to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, who told us that the effect of the law depends on responsible parents and adults to show the way. There is admittedly some…

C.C.J. Orders Belize Bank Payment for U.H.S.; Resistance is Futile

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Barrow administration has been dealt yet another crippling blow by the Caribbean Court of Justice, after losing an appeal in respect of a long-drawn-out matter involving the defunct Universal Health Services.  Earlier today, the C.C.J. reversed the ruling of the Belize Court of Appeal and ordered the Government of…

Costs from Arbitration Rose Due to Government ‘Obstinacy’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay According to Courtenay, a letter will be forwarded to government later this week requesting payment.  Should there be no response or a refusal to pay the outstanding debt, a certificate will be sought as part of the enforcement process.   Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for Belize Bank “I think…

G.O.B. Disappointed, Still Insists Deal Was Corrupt

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nigel Hawke Solicitor General Nigel Hawke appeared on behalf of government and was first to express disappointment with the CCJ’s verdict.  While he is awaiting further instructions, the Sol Gen maintains that government wasn’t imprudent when it decided not to honor the thirty-seven million dollar award back in 2013.  …

Vindication for Ex-P.M. Musa in U.H.S. Affair

Source: Channel 5 Belize The source of the lengthy proceedings is former Prime Minister Said Musa, whose administration back in 2004 entered into an agreement by signing a loan note between the Belize Bank and Universal Health Services.  The People’s United Party government assumed the twenty-nine million dollar debt when UHS failed to pay…

D.P.M. Faber Tells Story of Placencia Plane Crash

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Garifuna Settlement Day holiday weekend proved deadly on Belize’s roads, particularly the Hummingbird Highway, where three fatal crashes took place at the same stretch of road in less than forty-eight hours. Four persons lost their lives as a result. We will have a chronicle of each incident later on,…

4 Questioned, But Why Was Michelle Anison Killed?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michelle Anison Fifty-six-year-old Michelle Anison was buried with haste on Friday evening, following an autopsy which confirmed that she had been stabbed multiple times inside her apartment in Ladyville, sometime early last week.  The badly decomposed body of the British national was discovered by her landlady who was there to…

Family in United Kingdom Informed

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo According to Assistant Superintendent Cowo, the British High Commission has been informed of the incident, so has Anison’s family in the United Kingdom.   ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City “Because of the advanced state of decomposition, the body had to be buried on the same date. …

Brenda Jandrez is Latest Murder Victim in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett A shooting in Corozal has now turned murder and police have been unable to crack this case.  Twenty-two-year-old Brenda Jandrez, a resident of Corozal Town, has succumbed to gunshot injuries after being mortally wounded on November first.  As we reported back then, Jandrez was inside her home on…

PLB Playoffs Top Sports Tuesday

Source: Channel 5 Belize Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…] Link: PLB Playoffs Top Sports Tuesday

Man critically injured in boat collision

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man is in a critical condition following a boat collision last night near Caye Caulker village, Belize district. Police say that sometime around 9:45 last night, Guy Cooter Smith, 61, a Canadian, and his son, Cooter Smith,19, were in a dinghy in the sea…

Police charge man and woman for Carlos Navarro’s murder

Source: Amandala News Post-mortem confirms that Navarro, 29, was shot to death ARMENIA, Cayo District, Thurs. Nov. 16, 2017–An onsite post-mortem exam conducted on the decomposed body of Carlos Albeno Navarro, 29, a Guatemalan laborer of Armenia, Cayo District, on Tuesday morning revealed […] Link: Police charge man and woman for Carlos Navarro’s

Pro plumber questions Civic Center plumbing

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 16, 2017–Professional plumber Colin Gill dropped a wrench on the plumbing system of the multimillion-dollar Belize Civic Center when he called into the Wake Up Belize (WUB) Morning Vibes talk show today to provide his technical opinion. […] Link: Pro plumber questions Civic Center plumbing

Where is the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB) now?

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 16, 2017–When the Said Musa/Ralph Fonseca-led People’s United Party (PUP) government was around the halfway point in its term in 2005, a new pressure group, the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB), burst on the scene and […] Link: Where is the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB)

Belmopan F.A. Amateur 1st Division Tournament update

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Mon. Nov.13, 2017–Once again, I am pleased to provide to fans the results of the 2017/2018 Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Amateur First Division 2017-2018 Opening Season Football Tournament. The current tournament features 18 teams, divided in two groups of […] Link: Belmopan F.A. Amateur 1st Division Tournament update

Company Disclaims Responsibility for Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize As personnel from the Civil Aviation Department and Belize Airports Authority began their investigation into the incident, the management of Tropic Air and the Government of Belize issued separate releases on the mishap. According to the airline company, the aircraft clipped a vehicle at the end of the runway as…

2 Including Minor Freed of P.G. Taximan Murder Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Albert Valentine Two men from Punta Gorda Town were today acquitted in the Supreme Court of Justice Denis Hanomansingh of a charge of murder. Twenty-four-year old Albert Valentine and a seventeen-year-old minor were charged in the death of taxi driver Antonio Rodriguez, originally from Elridgeville, on December fifteenth, 2015. Rodriguez’s…

Tropic Air questions circumstances that led to plane crash

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Following a forced crash landing in the Caribbean Sea this morning with seven passengers on board, including two government ministers, Tropic Air Belize is questioning the circumstances that led to the incident. In a press release today, Tropic Air says that aviation personnel are conducting…

Decomposed body of woman found in Ladyville apartment

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Police have confirmed preliminary reports to the Reporter that the decomposed body of a woman was found inside an apartment complex in Ladyville this morning. The discovery was reportedly made sometime around 10:00 a.m., by the landlord of the apartment on Perez Road.…

Corozal Junior College Lecturer Targeted for Kidnapping

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is an alarming report coming out of Corozal Town tonight, where news of a foiled abduction has spread like wildfire.  The victim of the thwarted kidnapping has been identified as Angela Villanueva, a part-time instructor at the Corozal Junior College.  It is reported that shortly before eight o’clock on…

Police Tread Carefully with Disturbing Rape Case in Independence

Source: Channel 5 Belize An allegation of rape against several male officers attached to the Independence Police Station is being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch, after two women claimed that they were sexually assaulted while in lockup last weekend.  Investigators have been slow to file charges against the accused officers, prompting concerns that…

Armenia Couple Charged in Carlos Navarijo Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Late this evening in Belmopan, police formally charged an Armenia couple for the murder of twenty-nine-year-old Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño. Jose Valladarez and his common-law-wife, Amelia Garrido, were processed for the murder. Valladarez is charged for murder while Gariddo is charged for abetment to commit murder. The duo, along with…

Thumbs Down for ‘Hypocrite’ Godwin from P.U.P.

Source: Channel 5 Belize The People’s United Party held a National Executive meeting at Independence Hall this morning. Among other things, the party rounded off its slate of candidates to be presented at the party’s upcoming National Convention. We are told that the convention may be moved up to January 2018 rather than November…

Immigration & Foreign Affairs Moving Slowly on Verification of Renunciation Process

Source: Channel 5 Belize Godwin Hulse That announcement came during an extensive discussion of the countries’ relations in terms of Guatemalans becoming Belizean citizens.  Hulse told the Committee that previously, Guatemala simply accepted the Belizean renunciation form and passport as proof.  But Guatemala has gotten stricter, requiring notification in Guatemala.  Because Belize’s law requires…

Are ‘Canceled’ Nationalities, Passports Still Being Used?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Minister of Immigration and Nationality, Senator Godwin Hulse, is the final authority on the granting of nationality certificates. In the Auditor General’s special report, two cases were cited of nationality certificates granted despite the persons having acquired permanent residence in too short an amount of time to have qualified…

Recommenders for Nationality Must Come Out in the Open

Source: Channel 5 Belize Godwin Hulse In light of the many problems with recommenders for nationality and other Immigration problems, Minister Hulse readily agreed that a recommendation should be made that recommenders present themselves in person with the applicant when the application is taken in.   Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator “This question of recommenders:…

Barrow must find another US $18.5 million!

Source: Amandala News The Belize Bank won again in the United States Supreme Court BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 13, 2017–Today, the United States Supreme Court has decided that it will not review a lower court decision which enforced a US $18.5 million London […] Link: Barrow must find another US .5 million!

From life to 20 years

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 13, 2017–Security at the Supreme Court was noticeably beefed up, with police officers decked out in paramilitary uniforms and armed with semi-automatic rifles as the sentencing phase for a convicted wife-killer, whose life was purportedly threatened […] Link: From life to 20 years

Armenia Stunned by Murder of Guatemalan Resident

Source: Channel 5 Belize Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño A four-year-old boy on Monday afternoon stumbled into the body of a villager from Armenia, Cayo. The child thought the man was drunk, but as it turned out, Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño was dead. Surveillance camera captures him leaving a village shop on Friday morning; sometime…

NICH “Snitched” on Yhony Rosado’s Taxes

Source: Channel 5 Belize Businessman Yhony Rosado is recognized in the tourism industry for pioneering cave-tubing activities at Nohoch Che’en.  He is also an outspoken social activist who has stood up to the government whenever he has felt jilted by the so-called system.  His latest fight is with the Department of General Sales Tax. …

G.S.T. Screwed Up Service?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Having been denied an opportunity to explain to the department where they are purportedly mistaken in their calculation of his taxes, Rosado turned to Chartered Public Accountant Cedric Flowers.  According to Rosado, several discrepancies were immediately identified by the reliable accounting firm.   Yhony Rosado, Tour Operator, Cavetubing.com “With this…

Yhony Rosado Puts Fate in Court’s Hands

Source: Channel 5 Belize Yhony Rosado So, how will Rosado’s mounting debt be resolved?  According to the tour operator, he is headed to court and the judge’s decision on a final dollar amount will determine how much he pays.   Yhony Rosado, Tour Operator, Cavetubing.com “We’re taking this to court because there is plenty…

Survivors in Recovery, Family Forgives Driver in Fatal Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize Aurora Sanchez Seventeen-year-old Aurora Sanchez, the lone survivor in a fatal crash that killed her mother and stepfather over the weekend, remains in stable condition and is recovering from injuries received during the deadly collision.  The driver of the other vehicle, thirty-five-year-old Delmar Ortega of Santa Familia Village, is also…

Fatal Accident Reported

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fifty-five-year-old Preston Coleman, a cab driver from Belmopan, lost his life in a road traffic accident on Monday afternoon.  In a report issued by the police department, officers responded to an area on the San Martin Road and found the taxi man lying on the right hand side of the…

Minister Defends Regulations, but Pharmacists Disagree

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was debate in the House of Representatives on the adjournment on October twentieth, 2017, when Minister of Health Pablo Marin responded to Orange Walk South area representative Jose Mai concerning the planned implementation of the Food and Drugs (Regulations) Statutory Instrument this month. Marin made several charges concerning the…

“Sugar” on the Rise – More Women at Risk

Source: Channel 5 Belize Diabetes is on the rise across the world. More than four hundred million persons are living with the disease and women make up those hardest hit by this growing epidemic. Global statistics show that diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women, causing over two million deaths every…

Book Celebrates Teaching Pioneers from Toledo

Source: Channel 5 Belize Much of the history of Belizean education, especially outside of Belize City, has been shouldered by the Garifuna population. These men and women braved often treacherous conditions in the deepest parts of the country to bring education to our youngest in the population. Two of the early pioneers were couple…

How to Celebrate the 19th in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize It is mostly coincidental, but today’s book launch does line up with the run-in of activities leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day this coming weekend. Garinagu in Belize and elsewhere are marking the 1832 arrival of a significant Garifuna population to Belize, fleeing oppression in their native St. Vincent and…

Body Found in Armenia

Source: Channel 5 Belize There were no murders reported over the weekend, but this afternoon, the body of a man was discovered this evening sometime around four in Armenia village, just outside of Belmopan. Photos of the scene show a body of a shirtless Hispanic person wearing long pants. While we have received a…

Soldier Charged in Dangriga Hit & Run

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hubert Lucas In another accident in the south, a Belize Defense Force soldier has been charged in connection with a fatal hit and run incident that occurred near the outskirts of Dangriga on Friday night.  Forty-two-year-old Donald Enriquez failed to stop and render aid after knocking down a cyclist along…

4 Injured in Collision near Toll Bridge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Damage on the roads was not contained to the south this weekend. On the Philip Goldson Highway near mile fifty, forty-year-old Nigeria Matura of Carmelita village, Orange Walk was driving north when she lost control of her Ford Probe and collided with a Ford Edge vehicle driven by Bella Vista…

Police Investigate Alleged Double Rape in Independence

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett There is a disturbing report coming out of Independence tonight. The troubling incident reportedly involves at least two cops attached to the Independence Police Station. Two females were allegedly raped inside the station sometime over the weekend. Sources say that the women were taken into the station where…

“Wishy-washy” Elrington!

Source: Amandala News Former Foreign Minister Courtenay tells Foreign Minister Elrington to “stop acquiescing and accepting things Guatemala does!” BELIZE CITY, Tues. Nov. 7, 2017–In its International Court of Justice (ICJ) education campaign, Guatemalan leaders have resorted to the use of a map which […] Link: “Wishy-washy” Elrington!

$641,000 worth of land titles wrestled from Sedi

Source: Amandala News Fortunately, the judges saw through it. The judges understood what was at play, and the judges made it very clear that they are declaring the titles lost, said Eamon Courtenay, attorney for Progresso Heights Limited. BELIZE CITY, Wed. Nov. 8, […] Link: 1,000 worth of land titles wrestled from Sedi

GOB pays US$78 million to Ashcroft Alliance

Source: Amandala News Foreign reserves may recover in about 2 years, Fin Sec says BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 9, 2017–Last Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Government of Belize to pay US$78 million dollars to the Ashcroft alliance as final settlement […] Link: GOB pays US million to Ashcroft Alliance

ICJ ruling on the Bakassi

Source: Amandala News In 2002, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the Bakassi, a strip of land between Cameroon and Nigeria, was properly the territory of Cameroon. On the purely physical level, to any impartial observer the Bakassi’s geography puts it […] Link: ICJ ruling on the Bakassi

BATSUB & B.D.F. Stop a Wedding on St. George’s Caye

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gunfire and explosions at Saint George’s Caye crash a wedding party in progress as armed soldiers storm the beach. It happed on Thursday night as a group of twenty-six guests, who have been staying at the St. George’s Caye Resort for the past several days, were in the middle of…

Defence Force’s Top 3 Officers Past Retirement, Juniors May Sue

Source: Channel 5 Belize The leadership of the Belize Defence Force is under fire tonight, but not from Guatemala. Internal information forwarded to News Five indicates that several senior officers may be in violation of their mandatory retirement ages from the force. This includes the man holding over for retired Brigadier General David Jones.…

PAC Meets after Extensive Delay

Source: Channel 5 Belize Patrick Faber The House of Representatives’ Public Accounts Committee’s last two meetings wound up canceled.  One was by its chairman Julius Espat because Auditor General Dorothy Bradley was not able to attend. The other happened after three members who are Government ministers caught the flu and viral conjunctivitis within days…

Chairman of P.A.C. is Cautiously Optimistic

Source: Channel 5 Belize Julius Espat This evening, we sought a response from the Committee’s Chair, Julius Espat. For the most part, he said, the meeting was an education in the role and responsibility of the Auditor General’s office and its relationship with the committee, which in Belize’s case is for the most part…

Partying, Arguing, Stabbing in O.W.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-seven-year-old Llamont Wade is in the hospital in a critical condition after he was stabbed multiple times. According to police, sometime after four this morning, they were called out to the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw Wade with stab wounds to the chest, abdomen and back. Police say that…

Wrapping Up the World Youth Conference

Source: Channel 5 Belize Belize hosted the World Youth Conference 2017 this week and it concluded on Thursday night. More than one hundred and fifty youths from across the world gathered in Belize to come up with an action plan that centered on the sustainable development goals and outlined ways that youths can positively…

Channel Five’s Informed Teen Reporters at the WYC!

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight we introduce to you a new feature to our News Five line up. Over a decade ago, Channel Five partnered with the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) to create a space for youths to express their thoughts and concerns about issues affecting them through the newscast. The…

Lights, Camera, Action for International Film Festival

Source: Channel 5 Belize The 2017 Belize International Film Festival officially opened on Thursday night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Professionals in the audio and visual art industries walked the red carpet at the start of the three-day event.  The annual festival has been growing steadily and this year, there are…

Working to Reduce Child Labour in Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Youth Empowerment Services and the Child Development Foundation partnered today to find out the status of children in the work force, particularly in the sugar industry. Available data shows that children below the ages of eighteen are already working in the industry and have dropped out of school. Forty-two percent…

Regular Fuel Up; Premium Down

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier this week on Wednesday, the Financial Secretary promised that consumers can expect a decrease in fuel prices. He didn’t say there would be an increase, but as of midnight tonight, you can expect one.  Regular fuel is going up by twenty-seven cents, but the good news is that premium…

G.O.B. Makes Final Payment for B.T.L. Acquisition

Source: Channel 5 Belize There’s another commitment that government has met. As ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice on November first, G.O.B. has complied with a payment of about a hundred and sixty million dollars as a final payment for the 2009 and 2011 nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited.  The government today made…

Zheng Yuanran to be Expelled from Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo A pair of Asian men, one a Taiwanese/Belizean from Camalote, Cayo and the other a Chinese businessman, pleaded guilty to falsifying immigration documents when they appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court.  The duo has been in detention since Monday after being busted while attempting to apply for a…

Still No Arrests in Heist of Western Union, Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo There are still no arrests to be made in a heist that saw thieves make off with ten thousand dollars in cash from a Western Union branch in Corozal Town on Monday morning.  As we reported, twenty-eight-year-old Doris Montejo was held up at gunpoint and relieved of a…

Accountability in the Tendering Process for Roadwork

Source: Channel 5 Belize The City Council, under the tenure of Darrell Bradley, has concreted one hundred and sixty streets across the city. The council invested twenty million dollars on the massive undertaking. That figure keeps popping up because Government is spending as much as eight million dollars for approximately a mile of work…

An Acting Opportunity in an Upcoming TV Series

Source: Channel 5 Belize Do you want to make your acting debut to screens across the Caribbean? Well, whether you have acting experience or not, filmmaker Cristobal Krusen says he wants you to try out for his new TV series Life or Death. The series will be filmed in Belize next year but right…

Secondary School Volleyball Competition

Source: Channel 5 Belize The central secondary school volleyball competition was held today to select the male and female teams that will represent the central region against the north, west and south. The national finals will be held in Belize City on Friday to select the best of the best of the high schools.…

Healthy Living – a Food Plan for Diabetics

Source: Channel 5 Belize World Diabetes Day will be commemorated next Tuesday. This weekend the Diabetes association will be having its annual Ride Out Diabetes fundraiser. While, exercise is an important element in maintaining diabetes, it must be complemented with a proper diet. Tonight in Healthy Living, we look at the elements of a…

G.O.B. Gets Ducks in a Row to Pay B.T.L. Compensation

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Government of Belize says it has the money. But tonight, the question is whether it will meet the November tenth deadline for final payment of compensation for the double nationalization of B.T.L.  Financial Secretary Joseph Waight confirmed today that payment had not yet been made, and said he expected…

If All Goes Well, Long-Term Reserves Will Recover in 2 Years

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Waight The removal of seventy-eight million U.S. dollars or the equivalent of a hundred and sixty million Belize dollars from the country’s foreign assets is nothing to sneeze at.  And the timing – as retailers go into high gear for the Christmas season – is going to have an…

Premium Fuel Prices to be Reduced, Stabilized

Source: Channel 5 Belize October has come and gone and fuel prices remain relatively high despite continuous protest. As of October twenty-eighth, premium fuel retails at eleven dollars and ninety-two cents, compared to ten dollars and fifty-three cents after a price decrease was announced at the start of June. And after a crunching price…

Guats Protested B.D.F. Documentary?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Turning to another matter of national interest….Belize has, for now, raised no objections to Guatemala once again promoting its unfounded claim with an offensive map purporting to include our territory, ahead of the March eighteenth, 2018 referendum on going to the International Court of Justice. But Guatemala, it…

Central Bank Hosts Regional Economists

Source: Channel 5 Belize They are the moving hands, rarely seen, in control of national economies and finance structures. Their word can determine how much a country receives for projects, chart investment and growth, and combat problems both expected and unexpected.  They are the bankers…and under the regional Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance…

Put up or shut up, AG Peyrefitte tells 200 pastors

Source: Amandala News The Attorney General said that if the pastors want to change laws, they should run for office BELIZE CITY, Fri. Nov. 3, 2017–Two days before the government’s amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which decriminalized 10 grams of marijuana, […] Link: Put up or shut up, AG Peyrefitte tells

Store owner lost his life for $300

Source: Amandala News ORANGE WALK TOWN, Mon. Nov. 6, 2017–Amit Moryani, 37, an Indian store owner who resided on Cemetery Street, Orange Walk Town, died after he was shot in the left side of the chest by one of two armed thieves. Police […] Link: Store owner lost his life for 0

Dedron McKay, 20, gunned down on Haynes Street

Source: Amandala News McKay was a special needs young man who, his family said,  “was a fun person to be around… he enjoyed making people laugh” BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 6, 2017–The latest blood to be spilled on the southside of Belize City […] Link: Dedron McKay, 20, gunned down on Haynes Street

3 Barely Survive George Price Highway Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize A small car, reportedly travelling at high speed collided into a cargo truck and the passengers are lucky to be alive.  The near fatal traffic accident happened this morning on the George Price Highway. Three persons were injured; two of them were transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, while…

Insurance Company Settles with Family of Victim of Alfonso Noble

Source: Channel 5 Belize Media personality Alfonso Noble is due back in court on January twenty-fourth, 2018, for a preliminary inquiry into the indictable charges of manslaughter by negligence, among others stemming from a traffic accident on Christmas Eve of 2016.  But tonight, News Five understands that a major settlement has been reached with…

Attorney for Clients Says Faith is Shaken

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay And while Elrington continues to plead innocence or ignorance on what happened to the documents, rival Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay laid into him for what he believes is unnecessarily dragging out the case for seven years and frustrating his clients. Representing Progresso Heights Limited, Courtenay chastised Elrington for…

No Opposition for Opposition’s Sake

Source: Channel 5 Belize Senator Eamon Courtenay told News Five that the P.U.P.’s three Senators hope to join with the social partner Senators to get the matter debated in the Senate, preferably with but possibly without governmental support, after which it would go to the House once the motion passes. But the “excuses” raised…

Ministers ‘Will Vote Conscience’

Source: Channel 5 Belize As stated earlier by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the issue has come up in cabinet. On Thursday last, deputy Prime Minster Patrick Faber was quizzed about it. He said that the hands of cabinet ministers have been freed for them to vote their conscience.   Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime…

All or Nothing for Guats; Belizeans Must Unite says F.M.

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Monday, we told you that the Guatemalan public awareness campaign as to the March eighteenth, 2018 referendum on settlement of the unfounded claim on Belize at the International Court of Justice re-introduces a rather offensive item. We speak specifically of a map of Guatemala that includes Belize as the…

4 Murders in 3 Days; Deliveryman Shot Down Near Family Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize There were four murders between Friday night and Monday morning in San Pedro, Orange Walk, Benque and in Belize City. The carnage started early on Friday night here in the Old Capital where a twenty-year-old delivery man was shot and killed.  Dedron McKay was visiting with family when he was…

In Orange Walk, Son Sacrifices Life for Mom

Source: Channel 5 Belize Minutes later in Orange Walk, a businessman was murdered in front of his business on Friday night. Thirty-seven-year-old Amit Moryani was inside his store when he saw two men assaulting his mother, Babita.  He ran out to assist her and that is when one of the assailants shot and killed…

Motive in Death of German on Ambergris Caye Unknown

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two of the four murders were simultaneously recorded around seven o’clock this morning by investigators in San Pedro Town and Benque Viejo del Carmen, hours before the scheduled police press conference in the city. On Ambergris Caye, the body of German national Raimund Adalbert Kolber was discovered with an injury…

Teenager Executed on Farm outside Benque

Source: Channel 5 Belize The fourth murder victim is an eighteen-year-old recent graduate of Mopan Technical High School, who was also found dead this morning on a farm in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Police were called out to an isolated area on the Puga Farm where the body of Oscar Obando was discovered with…

American Tourists Drown in Hopkins and Placencia

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was further loss of life over the weekend. Two American senior citizen tourists apparently drowned in separate incidents between Friday and Saturday. The incidents took place in the beach corridor of the Stann Creek District, in Hopkins and Maya Beach near Placencia. As police revealed today, both men went…

Did policemen rape women in their custody?

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Belize Police Department has begun an investigation into a report that three of its officers allegedly raped two women who were in their custody. The allegation is that the incident took place at a police station in southern Belize on Thursday night. Reports reaching…

Fire leaves family homeless; two injured

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter A late night fire has left a family of three homeless, and two of them injured from burns. Police are investigating the circumstances of how 62-year-old Yusef Bilal’s home at 2 ½ miles on the Philip Goldson Highway caught fire around 11:15 last night. Police…

Haven House invites you to shine a light on domestic violence

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Haven-House, a non-profit NGO that provides programs and services for domestic violence survivors, is calling on Belizeans to install a purple light bulb in their home or office during their “Shine Your Light On Domestic Violence” awareness campaign. The annual campaign is in support of…

Fire claims house; leaves man injured

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A fire sometime after 9:00 last night has left a family homeless and the homeowner with injuries to both hands. Preliminary reports are that the blaze occurred at a family house near Brodies parking lot on the Philip Goldson highway and left a Mr Bilal,…

Opposition condemns GOB response to new Guatemalan map

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The People’s United Party (PUP) is condemning the government of Belize for not protesting Guatemala’s intention to include Belize as a part of its territory in a new map. Guatemala announced this week that it plans to produce the map as part of its educational…

Guatemala wants to include Belize on their map, again!

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Guatemala has once again embarked on a mission to include Belize as part of its official map, despite a ruling in April of this year when the Guatemalan congress voted against the exact decision. This week, Guatemala launched an international tender for any company willing…

Man dies in traffic accident in Dangriga

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man is dead following a traffic accident between miles 1 and 2 on the Stann Creek Valley road on the approach to Dangriga around 7:30 Friday night. Upon arrival they saw a blue beach cruiser bicycle extensively damaged on the right hand side of…

Brenda Jandrez, 22, shot in bed

Source: Amandala News COROZAL TOWN, Corozal District, Thurs. Nov. 2, 2017–Shortly after 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning, Corozal resident, Brenda Jandrez, 22, was lying in her bed with her new boyfriend at her home on Mahogany Street in the Corozal District when a […] Link: Brenda Jandrez, 22, shot in bed

US$78 mil in 9 days

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 2, 2017–The Barrow administration, and the country, suffered another devastating legal loss to Lord Ashcroft-related entities when the Caribbean Court of Justice, Belize’s highest court, on Wednesday, November 1, delivered a stinging judgement regarding the terms […] Link: US mil in 9 days

“Storm of Fire” nabs alleged Honduran human trafficker

Source: Amandala News Denia Suyapa Ochoa is accused of trafficking girls from Honduras, to Guatemala and then to San Pedro, Belize TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Thurs. Nov. 2, 2017–Belize is making international news, but this time, unfortunately, for its link in a human trafficking ring […] Link: “Storm of Fire” nabs alleged Honduran human trafficker

Belizean people “punked” by our own officials – once again!

Source: Amandala News Maritime accident protocol ignored; Guatemalan-owned yacht allowed to leave after running aground on the reef SOUTH WATER CAYE, Stann Creek District, Wed. Nov. 1, 2017–There appear to have been serious breaches by Belizean authorities of the protocol relating to a […] Link: Belizean people “punked” by our own officials –

10 Grams Now Legal!

Source: Channel 5 Belize Weed smokers across the country can exhale a marijuana-tinged sigh of relief tonight, following the decriminalization of ten grams of cannabis on Thursday.  Governor General Sir Colville Young has assented to the passage of that piece of law after the bill was initially tabled in the House of Representatives back…

A.G. Says Crime Isn’t All About Marijuana

Source: Channel 5 Belize The recent spike in violent crimes in Belize City is being attributed to an ongoing drug war among rival groups, purportedly over the sale of marijuana.  With the decriminalization of that small quantity comes an insatiable appetite for various strains of the drug which will inevitably drive its demand.  While…

Police Handcuffed – No Charges for Legal Weed

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Police Department, according to AG Peyrefitte, is fully onboard with the new law; however, there are officers within the agency that are averse to the idea of persons possessing any amount of weed on them.  So how will that skepticism be addressed?  The Attorney General says rest easy;…

Churches Told to “Shut Up”

Source: Channel 5 Belize Perhaps the AG’s most fiery response was reserved for the Council of Churches.  When asked to give his two cents on their objection to the passage of the law, he minced no words.  Peyrefitte said bluntly that the church has no moral authority to take aim at weed smokers when…

Audrey Matura Barred from Meeting Client on Trial at Kolbe

Source: Channel 5 Belize A routine trip, by attorney Audrey Matura to the Central Prison in Hattieville to visit with clients, turned ugly this morning. Around ten o’clock, Matura says she was removed from the prison compound by Kolbe personnel after she was refused visitation to one of her clients. It came as a…

16-year-old Murder Accused Sanctioned and Straitjacketed

Source: Channel 5 Belize Despite efforts made by Matura to reason with security personnel and to reach out to the C.E.O. of Kolbe, she was denied access to her client. She alleges that her client is being abused at the hands of prison management. When she pressed prison officials, Matura found out that following…

Union Hits Back: Do You Want a Fight?

Source: Channel 5 Belize This evening, News Five spoke to B.N.T.U. National President Elena Smith for a response on that charge as well as other related issues.  Essentially, her response is ‘bring it on!’ Smith believes that this unexpected move from the Education Minister to target the Union is as simple as wanting a…

The 2 Sides of PAC Boycott Controversy

Source: Channel 5 Belize The minister responded to a letter from PAC Chairman and P.U.P. Deputy Leader, Julius Espat, saying that cabinet ministers did not boycott a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee last Wednesday. Two of the four ministers on the committee contracted conjunctivitis and a third the flu, ruling them out of…

B.N.T.U. Replaces Elena on Teaching Services Commission

Source: Channel 5 Belize In regards to the Teaching Services Commission, Smith told us that it was the Ministry that brought the issue to their attention and only one meeting has been missed as a result. A replacement for Smith – Union secretary Ruth Shoman – has been named and will be attending the…

Coastal Road Remains are Male, Older White Man

Source: Channel 5 Belize The charred, skeletal remains of an unidentified person were discovered off the Coastal Road on Sunday.  Since then the Belize Police Department and forensic pathologist Doctor Mario Estradabran have been working to determine the cause of death and the identity of the individual.  Five days later, investigators have confirmed that…

C.C.J. Settles B.T.L. Dispute – US $78 Million for Ex-Owners

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eight years of costly legal battles between the Government of Belize and Dunkeld International Limited, a subsidiary of the Ashcroft Group, over the final payment for the 2009 B.T.L. acquisition, ended in an eight minute ruling handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice this morning.  The government has been…

G.O.B. Has 9 Days to Find Money

Source: Channel 5 Belize A release from the CCJ points out that the court is holding G.O.B. to tough terms if payment is not met in the prescribed timeline, thereby imposing an interest rate compounded on the existing amount on a quarterly or an annual basis.  During his reading of the judgment, Justice Hayton…

Eamon Courtenay Says P.M. Must ‘Come up’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay The predicament that government now finds itself in, according to Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, is entirely the responsibility of PM Barrow, who privately negotiated the settlement of compensation package with Lord Michael Ashcroft in Miami in 2015.  As for the monies that were set aside for charitable work…

Financial Secretary ‘Disappointed’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Waight So, roughly eighty million U.S. dollars in ten days.  It’s perhaps the biggest disbursement that government would have made in respect of the B.T.L. saga within such a limited span.  To make matters worse, that hundred and sixty million Belize dollar payout is likely to impact the country’s…

P.M. Says It’s Over – Will Pay by Deadline

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow Prime Minister Barrow, following this morning’s decision, called a press conference this afternoon to address the judgment.  While government will meet its obligations to Dunkeld and B.T.L. Employees Trust in their entireties, PM Barrow is not too happy with the outcome. He says that the CCJ verdict leaves…

Taximan, 40, fatally shot on Complex Drive

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 30, 2017–A taxi driver died today of gunshot wounds he suffered on Thursday evening. Odner Estizeine, 40, a Haitian-Belizean taxi driver of Nutmeg Street, Lake Independence, Belize City, was the breadwinner for his wife and two […] Link: Taximan, 40, fatally shot on Complex Drive

Alvin Diamond of Mike’s Club dead at 89

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 30, 2017–Alvin Hubert Diamond, the proprietor of Mike’s Club on Regent Street West, died between last night and this morning, his son Glenford Diamond, 60, told Amandala tonight. “He was always a good man,” Glenford said […] Link: Alvin Diamond of Mike’s Club dead at 89

Melissa Andrews, 32, dies in road traffic accident

Source: Amandala News Mile 11, SOUTHERN HIGHWAY, Stann Creek District, Sun. Oct. 29, 2017–A couple living in Sittee, Stann Creek District, were in a devastating road traffic collision at about 10:00 yesterday morning on the Southern Highway. Melissa Dorothy Murillo Andrews, 32, a […] Link: Melissa Andrews, 32, dies in road traffic accident

P.U.P. Takes Lead on Amending Maritime Areas Act

Source: Channel 5 Belize In an extraordinary move, the Opposition People’s United Party today announced plans to table a motion for debate at the next sitting of the Senate to amend the Maritime Areas Act. It is the first time in recorded memory that the Opposition is taking the lead on introducing an amendment,…

Keep Calm and Don’t Worry About Guatemala

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay So what will be the reaction from Guatemala once Belize moves to claim all its twelve miles of territorial waters under international law?  It’s a thought that is furthest from Courtenay’s mind, since Belize’s course of action does not hinge upon Guatemala’s foreign policy.  Courtenay says the additional…

Why Now, Asks Foreign Minister?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Twenty-five years after the passage of the controversial law, the Senate is going to be asked to consider the amendment at its next sitting. But the Government side appears to be caught off guard by the announcement. Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington spoke to us in Belmopan today…

Elrington Wonders If Move is in Belize’s Best Interests

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington The Foreign Minister went on to state that as he understands that the purpose of introducing or repealing legislation is to serve the greater purpose of the Belizean people. Despite the fact that Belize is no longer negotiating with Guatemala and therefore has the right to reclaim its…

How You Can Get Your Criminal Record Expunged for Weed

Source: Channel 5 Belize During the Senate’s extensive debate of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill last Wednesday, Churches Senator Ashley Rocke recorded the formal opposition of the organizations he represents – the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches and Belize Council of Churches, joined in rare unanimity by the National Evangelical Association of Belize.…

P.U.P. Tells P.M.: Release B.I.L. Contracts

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Friday, Belize Infrastructure Limited issued a press statement firing back on the public characterization of its efforts on the failed Lake Independence Boulevard construction. While acknowledging that the lack of stone-based fill directly led to parts of the road sinking despite the hot mix placed on it, the special-purpose…

Accused Forger Targeted Governor General

Source: Channel 5 Belize Elston Elijio Police are looking for twenty-three-year-old Elston Elijio of Dangriga in connection with a case of forgery. Belmopan Police issued a ‘wanted poster’ for Elijio because he reportedly created a fake Facebook account under the name “Colville Young”, the Governor General of Belize.  Elijio allegedly created the fake account…

City Crime “Destroying the Nation”

Source: Channel 5 Belize When we caught up with NEAB today, we also asked about the alarming crime situation. Antipathy for the Government aside, the association agreed with and adopted the position of Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington that turf wars over imported marijuana is behind much of the recent killing on the…

NEAB Disdains John B. – What About the Children?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill enjoyed rare bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and to a lesser extent, the Senate. But the words of Opposition Leader John Briceño raised eyebrows. He stated during the debate that the bill did not go far enough and that Belize should be…

The Mysterious Death of Cabbie Odner Estiverne

Source: Channel 5 Belize There were three shooting incidents beginning Friday evening in the south side of Belize City that left one person dead and five others injured. Shooting victim Cardinal Andrews also succumbed and elsewhere, police are trying to determine the cause of death of a person whose remains were discovered off the…

Why Did Cardinal Andrews Die?

Source: Channel 5 Belize A second person succumbed to the ongoing gun violence in the Lake Independence area of south side Belize City. Four days after he was shot to the head by a gunman on bicycle, twenty-eight-year-old Cardinal Andrews succumbed to his injuries inside the Intensive Care Unit of the K.H.M.H.  His murder…

2 Detained for Dangriga Taximan’s Death

Source: Channel 5 Belize But on Friday morning, investigators in southern Belize had a murder on their hands. A taxi operator, who is originally from Orange Walk, was shot dead inside his vehicle and his body was found in an orchard off the Southern Highway.  The body of thirty-two-year-old Jose Alfredo Majil was discovered…

Could Coastal Road Bones be Missing Person?

Source: Channel 5 Belize But police are also investigating the remains of a body which was discovered on the Coastal Road on Sunday, which may be upgraded to that of a murder.  Today, Police said that they have not determined the sex or identity of the skeletal remains because it is charred beyond recognition.…

Exterminator and Older Brother Accidentally Poisoned at Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ryan Swift But the strangest death over the weekend involved one of two Belize City brothers, who are believed to have inadvertently consumed a toxic chemical as they socialized on Saturday afternoon.  Ryan Swift, a well-known exterminator died immediately while his sibling, Steve Swift, remains alive and has pulled out…

Two elderly Americans drown

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two elderly Americans died from drowning in southern Belize this weekend, according to police reports. Police say they were alerted sometime around 6:00 Saturday morning of a body on the northern side of Hopkins village. When they responded, police saw the corpse of a man…

PUP introduces Belize City Council slate

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor After weeks of finalising, the People’s United Party (PUP) introduced its Belize City 11-member slate for the March 2018 municipal elections. Accompanied by the theme: The Rebirth”, the party held its introduction rally at the Pound Yard bridge area in the centre of the old…

Child knocked down; in critical condition

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A little boy is in a critical condition after he was knocked down on Satyrday in Belize City. Sketchy information is tbat the incident happened sometime around 8pm and that the driver of the vehicle did not give his/her particulars when they took the child…

Manatee fundraiser tonight needs your patronage

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The effort to protect manatees goes the extra mile tonight when manatee researcher, Jamal Galves hosts the third annual “Cocktail for Manatees” at the Old Belize Pavilion at mile 4 1/2 on the George Price highway. Galves, who works with Sea to Shore Alliance, told…

Westjet launches Calgary to Belize service

Source: The Reporter By William Ysaguirre, Freelance Reporter Vacationing in Belize became so much easier and cheaper for Canadian visitors when Westjet Airlines of Canada introduced its new direct Calgary to Belize service on Friday. The inaugural flight departed Calgary at 10am and, despite some weather delays, touched down at the Philip Goldson…

Another Belize City man shot dead

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A Belize City man was shot dead last night in the Port Loyola area. A police press release states that around 8:35 last night, Dedron Dennis McKay, 20, a deliveryman, was shot in the abdomen and the right lower side of his back. The incident…

Consumer prices up

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 26, 2017–Escalating transport costs continue to drive up consumer prices for goods and services, which rose by 0.7% in September 2017 and 1.2% for the first 9 months of 2017, according to the latest information released […] Link: Consumer prices up

“Nitro” remanded for “threat of death”

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 26, 2017–This is the first time in Belize that someone who has posted on Facebook is facing a criminal charge for that post. Today, Shikell Nunez, known by his performance name, “Cross De Nitro”, was arraigned […] Link: “Nitro” remanded for “threat of death”

Mexican President and CARICOM meet in Belize

Source: Amandala News Mexico gifts US$14 million to tackle catastrophic disasters BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 26, 2017–Belize hosted a historic meeting between heads of government of CARICOM and the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza on […] Link: Mexican President and CARICOM meet in Belize

Maya say GOB in “flagrant violation” of CCJ order

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 23, 2017–Back in 2015, the Government of Belize undertook via a letter from its attorney to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to “work towards demarcation and registration of the Maya villages’ property rights by December […] Link: Maya say GOB in “flagrant violation” of CCJ

The Politics of Pot

Source: Amandala News October 29, 2017 Dear Editor, The democracy we are afforded gives us the right to dissent and I must categorically state that the House of Representatives made a monumental step backward last week with the legalization of certain amount of […] Link: The Politics of Pot

Haitian Taxi Driver Shot Critically in Lake

Source: Channel 5 Belize Odner Estizeine The Belize Police Department has launched a new offensive on gang-related crimes in the city.  We will show you what is being done in an attempt to curb the spike in murders on the south side, but first there’s a breaking story to report on in the Lake…

Police Prepare to ACT

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police today launched an initiative called ACT, which stands for Addressing Crime Together, to tackle the spiralling urban violence related to gang activities.  ACT will boost police presence in three hot spots in the south side where the number of murders is at an alarming upward trend. In fact, up…

New Wheels on the Ground

Source: Channel 5 Belize Elodio Aragon Jr. Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior whose office is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Belize Police Department, says the plan of action has the full support of the Ministry of Home Affairs.  That branch of government has since acquired fifteen new vehicles to be assigned…

Dangriga Taximan Found with Throat Slit on Southern Highway

Source: Channel 5 Belize While police put more boots on the ground in the city, police in southern Belize continue investigations into the apparent murder of thirty-two-year-old Jose Alfredo Majil, a taxi operator based in Dangriga.  Majil’s body was found around seven this morning by an attendant at an orange orchard about one hundred…

4 New Attorneys Called Including Magistrate

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joining the younger Courtenay on the roll are Magistrate Carlon Mendoza and two young attorneys out of the Marine Parade Chambers founded by Godfrey Smith. Hector Guerra is from San Ignacio and has a passion for helping the poor and underprivileged. Zahira Flores is originally from Big Creek in the…

P.U.P. Gets No Challengers for Johnny

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño It’s now official: there are no challengers to People’s United Party leader John Briceño or indeed any others on the unity slate for the National Executive. Today, at four p.m., was the deadline for nominations for all available positions on the National Executive with the exception of the…

26th Time Lucky? Cuba Appeals to U.N. against U.S. Embargo

Source: Channel 5 Belize On November first, at the United Nations General Assembly, the Cuban Government will yet again table a resolution entitled, “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”  The embargo by the U.S. goes back almost sixty years; Cuba says the…

Teachers and Government Spar over Aborted PAC Meeting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Did members of the Government boycott the Public Accounts Committee meeting set for Thursday? The Belize National Teachers’ Union believes they did. The meeting was the first opportunity to question Auditor General Dorothy Bradley on the 2012-2013 Audit Report, but it turned out that two of the sitting ministers came…

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