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May 23, 2017

Belize

Police charge man for setting father’s house on fire

Source: The Reporter | Police charge man for setting father’s house on fire   By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police have charged Roy Bennett Mangar, 45, of Santa Maria Street, Orange Walk with “arson”following a fire that destroyed his father’s house. Lincoln Pratt, 58, a security guard of Chips Alley, Louisiana area, Orange Walk town told

Traffic accident on Placencia road claims one life

Source: The Reporter | Traffic accident on Placencia road claims one life By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man who resided in Maya Beach, Stann Creek is dead after the motorcycle he was driving reportedly slammed into a vehicle on the Placencia road on Saturday. The incident happened between miles 20 and 21 on the

Your blood type may determine how you die

Source: The Reporter | Your blood type may determine how you die By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, a recent study suggests. The research conducted in The Netherlands shows that the reason for this could be because lower levels of

Belizean stabbed to death in Chicago

Source: The Reporter | Belizean stabbed to death in Chicago By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor There is an unofficial but reliable report that a Belizean was stabbed to death late Sunday night or early this morning in South side Chicago. The victim, identified only as “Rasta Jayblood”, 35, is originally from Belmopan but lived in Chicago.

Young woman drowns in Bermudian Landing

Source: The Reporter | Young woman drowns in Bermudian Landing By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A young woman has drowned in the Belize River in Bermudian Landing near the Baboon Sanctuary. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon and claimed the life of Denia Zelaya, 23, a naturalized Belizean who lived on Cemetery Road, Belize City.

Dangriga Day held today at Y-Not

Source: The Reporter | Dangriga Day held today at Y-Not By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The second annual Dangriga Day enters day two today at Y-Not Island in that municipality. In declaring the event open, Mayor Francis Humphreys underscored the importance of preserving culture and diversity, expressing his wish that the potpourri that makes up

Magistrate Norman Rodriguez interdicted  

Source: The Reporter | Magistrate Norman Rodriguez interdicted     By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Judicial and Legal Services Commission has interdicted junior Magistrate, Norman Rodriguez from his duties after he was formally arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann-Marie Smith on a charge of rape.  The Commission, in a press release late last week,

Penner says Cabinet list did exist; PM Barrow “doesn’t remember”

Source: Amandala News | Penner says Cabinet list did exist; PM Barrow “doesn’t remember” BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. May 18, 2017–On Wednesday, former Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner, appeared once again before the Senate Select Committee. He again read a statement indicating why he was not required to furnish […]

UDP Chair leads raid on Senate hearing!

Source: Amandala News | UDP Chair leads raid on Senate hearing! BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. May 18, 2017–Yesterday, Wednesday, in an attempt to protect former disgraced Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner, from the unrelenting questioning of Opposition PUP Senator, Eamon Courtenay, as well as other senators, […]

UDP instruct police to charge Pastor Louis Wade

Source: Amandala News | UDP instruct police to charge Pastor Louis Wade BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. May 18, 2017–Firebrand media personality, journalist and pastor, Louis Wade, has been summoned to appear in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Friday, to answer to charges of “common assault,” and “using insulting words.” Those charges […]

Pressure mounts for Neal to resign

Source: Amandala News | Pressure mounts for Neal to resign BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 18, 2017–President of the Public Service Union (PSU), Eldred Neal, came under public fire this week, after recordings were leaked to the media and via social media in which he was heard making offensive comments against […]

Obsession over former girlfriend leads to murder of rival

Source: Amandala News | Obsession over former girlfriend leads to murder of rival PUNTA GORDA, Toledo District, Thurs. May 18, 2017–A Punta Gorda man with a broken heart, obsessed with and unable to get over his former lover, is accused by police of stabbing her eight times and murdering her new lover after […]

Man gave 11-year-old grandson his stash of weed to hold

Source: Amandala News | Man gave 11-year-old grandson his stash of weed to hold Magistrate charged him $750 for the 21.5 grams of weed BELIZE CITY, Tues. May 16, 2017–Despite the fact that marijuana is still an illegal substance in Belize, some magistrates use their discretion to prevent young, first-time offenders from the stigma […]

Atención, Presidente Alberto

Source: Amandala News | Atención, Presidente Alberto Nuestra comprensión de los partidos políticos de Belize siempre ha sido que el Presidente es el tercer funcionario más poderoso en estos partidos, después del Líder y al Líder Adjunto. Entonces, el ardiente y fanático Alberto August, presidente del gobernante […]

Alfonso Wiltshire, 53, re-arrested for forced sex with girl, 13

Source: Amandala News | Alfonso Wiltshire, 53, re-arrested for forced sex with girl, 13 SAN PEDRO, Belize District, Wed. May 17, 2017–Alfonso Wiltshire, 53, a taxi driver of San Pedro, has been re-arrested on four additional charges of sexual assault and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. It was ordered that he be rearrested […]

Louis Wade Charged, Protests Innocence

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Louis Wade Charged, Protests Innocence It’s been a bad week for the media. It started at Wednesday’s senate meeting when political operatives attacked members of the media.  And this morning, in San Ignacio, the outspoken and firebrand Plus TV editor, Louis Wade, was charged with criminal offences, in relation to

Wade Compares His Trial with Senate Assaults

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Wade Compares His Trial with Senate Assaults Louis Wade Earlier this week, you saw what transpired during the hearing of the Senate Select Committee – journalists were threatened by political operatives carrying out the dirty work of their party which caused a disruption in the session. Today, Wade pointed out

P.U.P. Comments Shut Down by Senate, Prompting Walkout

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.U.P. Comments Shut Down by Senate, Prompting Walkout The Senate of Belize met in ordinary session this morning at the National Assembly. It is its first meeting since the unprecedented and heinous attack on members of the press during Wednesday’s Senate Special Select Committee public hearing. We will have highlights

Debate Continues Over Further Usefulness of Public Hearings

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Debate Continues Over Further Usefulness of Public Hearings Lee Mark Chang Senate President Chang also told reporters today that he shares the opinion of Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Chairman Aldo Salazar that the Committee’s public aspect is starting to become wearing.  But Committee member Mark Lizarraga disagrees, stating

What Were Lee Mark and Barton Middleton Discussing?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | What Were Lee Mark and Barton Middleton Discussing? Barton Middleton While President of the Senate Lee Mark Chang has few issues with the conduct of the Senate Inquiry, what was not known was that he had a brief conversation with witness Barton Middleton when he testified before the Senate Special

P.S.U. Suspends President Eldred Neal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.S.U. Suspends President Eldred Neal Edmund Zuniga Jr. Career public officer Eldred Neal has been suspended as President of the Public Service Union, following disparaging remarks he made against the Garifuna community, which was recorded back in March.  This morning, a special meeting was held at the P.S.U.’s Hilltop headquarters

Lee Mark Denies Report of Immigration Involvement

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Lee Mark Denies Report of Immigration Involvement Lee Mark Chang Is Lee Mark Chang one of the fish not caught up in the 2011-2013 Immigration scandal? While there is no indication of his name being in the Auditor General’s Reports, an Asian national whose name does appear in the report

How Will New Loans to D.F.C. and SIF Help Belize?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | How Will New Loans to D.F.C. and SIF Help Belize? Elena Smith The motions passed by the House on May twelfth for consolidated line of credit by the Caribbean Development Bank to the Development Finance Corporation and a loan to the Belize Social Investment Fund were taken to the Senate

A New National Sports Council Director

Source: Channel 5 Belize | A New National Sports Council Director Ian Jones A new Director of the National Sports Council has been named to the post.  That office has been vacant for months, following the departure of Ritchel Dominguez, whose contract was not renewed when it expired in January of this year. In the

Venezuela Rep in Belize Discusses Country’s Issues

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Venezuela Rep in Belize Discusses Country’s Issues The leadership of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continues to be tested, the latest challenge being a new round of sanctions being imposed by the United States government.  Those restrictions are aimed at eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court who are accused of usurping

South American Country Not Alone in Facing Political Issues

Source: Channel 5 Belize | South American Country Not Alone in Facing Political Issues Miguel Castillo Pena Maduro’s government has been faced with almost daily protests since his Supreme Court signed an order that deprived the Venezuelan congress of its powers in March of this year.  The U.S., through its ambassador to the United Nations,

Giving the Gift of Life for Needy Children

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Giving the Gift of Life for Needy Children Hundreds of Belizean children are treated for congenital diseases annually, through the Rotary Club of Belize’s Gift of Life Program. This year, however, the program went a step further and rather than sending patients overseas, the visiting cardiologists from the U.S. successfully

CARICOM supports Venezuela despite 4 break-aways

Source: The Reporter | CARICOM supports Venezuela despite 4 break-aways By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Venezuelan President, Nicholas Maduro has received overwhelming support from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to remain a member of the Organization of American States (OAS), despite that at least four member states break ranks on the matter. Regional foreign ministers who

Belize and Cuba celebrate three decades of medical cooperation

Source: The Reporter | Belize and Cuba celebrate three decades of medical cooperation By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Belize and the Republic of Cuba this week marked 26 years of a historic medical cooperation agreement between our two countries. To commemorate the anniversary, the Embassy of Cuba in Belize held a medical symposium at the

Penner back at Senate; hecklers make mischief

Source: The Reporter | Penner back at Senate; hecklers make mischief By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Hecklers caused a temporary suspension of the Senate Inquiry this week, as former Minister of State Elvin Penner made his second appearance to testify. United Democratic Party Chairman, Alberto August, Mace Bearer of the National Assembly Brian “Yellow Man”

Memorial Mass held for Pamela Lino

Source: The Reporter | Memorial Mass held for Pamela Lino By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter While police have been unable to positively identify the burnt human remains found in the back seat of Pamela Lino’s destroyed Kia Sportage several weeks ago, family and friends  held a memorial Mass in her honor last Friday at the

Monkey River still grappling with erosion

Source: The Reporter | Monkey River still grappling with erosion By Marion V. Ali Assistant Editor The residents of Monkey River village are hoping that their beach erosion problem will be delayed, if not deterred, with the purchase of wire baskets to fill them with rocks and place them along the shoreline. A few weeks

Police officer wins huge Fantasy 5 prize

Source: The Reporter | Police officer wins huge Fantasy 5 prize By Michelle Sutherland   A Belize City police constable with 14 years of service to the department became the latest winner of the Fantasy 5 drawing, cashing in on a whopping $435,000 jackpot.   On Wednesday, Dayton Cyril Ogaldez took home $369,750 after 65,250

Taiwan congratulates CITO on ISO certification

Source: The Reporter | Taiwan congratulates CITO on ISO certification By Benjamin Flowers   This week, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) congratulated the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) on passing the ISO 27001 external audit from May 8-9.   CITO’s success marks the third time the office has passed the rigorous audit,

Dangriga police searching for robbers turned killers

Source: The Reporter | Dangriga police searching for robbers turned killers By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter Four robbers turned  killers  are on the run in Belize City after they killed a Good Samaritan, who had stopped to offer them assistance on the Coastal Road early Monday morning. On May 15, at 1:26 p.m., police visited

Belize hosts regional parliamentarians for XIX FOPREL meeting

Source: The Reporter | Belize hosts regional parliamentarians for XIX FOPREL meeting Belize holds the presidency pro tempore of the Forum of the Presidents of the Legislatures of Central America and the Caribbean (FOPREL), and so Speaker of the House Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth and President of the Senate Hon. Lee Mark Chan presided over FOPREL’s

National Sports council appoints new director

Source: The Reporter | National Sports council appoints new director By Michelle Sutherland   The National Sport Council recently appointed a new director, Ian Jones.   Jones was officially appointed to the new post which became effective on Monday, May 15. Jones expressed his commitment towards the development of sports in Belize.   According to

Chinese businessman robbed of $38,000 cash

Source: The Reporter | Chinese businessman robbed of ,000 cash By Michelle Sutherland   San Ignacio police have three suspects detained for questioning in relation to an armed robbery of a Chinese businessman that occurred early Monday morning in that jurisdiction.   Wei Bin Chen, the 60-year-old proprietor of Chen’s Supermarket was robbed of $38,000

Love Triangle, Jealousy and Murder in P.G.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Love Triangle, Jealousy and Murder in P.G. Police in Punta Gorda are looking for a man who stabbed popular musician Lascelle Martinez to death on Wednesday morning.  He has been identified as Simon Lino, who is on the lam.  Martinez was having lunch when Lino turned up at his house

Accused Simon Lino May Have Fled to Guatemala

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Accused Simon Lino May Have Fled to Guatemala Simon Lino Alleged murderer Simon Lino is wanted by police for fatally stabbing Lascelle Martinez and seriously injuring his ex-girlfriend during a brutal attack on Wednesday in Punta Gorda.  Lino, it is strongly believed, may have fled the country to nearby Guatemala. 

Murder Victim Warned Over Relationship

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Murder Victim Warned Over Relationship Ainslie Valerio While Inspector Zuniga stopped short of making any connections, Martinez’s roommate confirms that he was indeed in a love triangle where the young woman was involved with both Martinez and Lino.  Valerio says he warned his best friend on previous occasions to stay

PLUS TV’s Louis Wade to Cayo Court for Assault

Source: Channel 5 Belize | PLUS TV’s Louis Wade to Cayo Court for Assault Louis Wade Pastor, host of Rise and Shine and owner/manager of PLUS TV in Belmopan, Louis Wade, confirmed to News Five this evening before news time that he has been summoned to San Ignacio Town police station on Friday. He is

Is Senate Inquiry Done? Top Members Disagree

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Is Senate Inquiry Done? Top Members Disagree Aldo Salazar Has the usefulness of the Senate Special Select Committee come to an end? Since November more than fifteen persons have been called to testify, some more than once, but only Elvin Penner was of Cabinet rank at the time and other

P.U.P. Condemns House Assault on Media

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.U.P. Condemns House Assault on Media There is condemnation of the attack on the media by political operatives. This afternoon, the People’s United Party condemned the actions of Yellow Man and U.D.P. Chairman Alberto August as well as Allan Kelly. The P.U.P. finds it unacceptable that Chairman Aldo Salazar allowed

COLA Says “Yellow Man” Must Be Disciplined

Source: Channel 5 Belize | COLA Says “Yellow Man” Must Be Disciplined President of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, Geovannie Brackett, is no stranger to the back and forth in the National Assembly.  Last September at the height of the wrangle over the Senate Special Select Committee, he and Raymond Rivers verbally targeted Senator

Penner Not Off the Hook after Testimony

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Penner Not Off the Hook after Testimony Elvin Penner There is no love lost between former Minister of State Elvin Penner and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action. In 2014 and 2015, COLA pressed for Penner to be indicted on two criminal charges related to the Won Hong Kim case.

COLA Says P.U.P., U.D.P. to Blame for Integrity Commission

Source: Channel 5 Belize | COLA Says P.U.P., U.D.P. to Blame for Integrity Commission Geovannie Brackett The second statement concerns the Integrity Commission, which is now asking for only one year’s worth of declarations from persons in public life including Ministers of Government. It bowed to apparent pressure over whether the law justified having five

Musician Lascelle Martinez Stabbed to Death in P.G.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Musician Lascelle Martinez Stabbed to Death in P.G. Residents of Punta Gorda Town are tonight reeling from the senseless murder of one of their beloved musicians and former band mate of the famed Coolie Rebels.  Thirty-five-year-old Lascelle Martinez, son of former Toledo East Area Representative Peter Eden Martinez, was stabbed

Elvin Penner Still Uncooperative with Senate Inquiry

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Elvin Penner Still Uncooperative with Senate Inquiry For the second week running, former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality Elvin Penner was the headline witness at the Senate Special Select Committee. After last week’s appearance, any thought that he would be more cooperative was dashed within seconds of his

U.D.P.’s Disrupt Proceeding, Target Eamon Courtenay and Press

Source: Channel 5 Belize | U.D.P.’s Disrupt Proceeding, Target Eamon Courtenay and Press The Committee’s public hearings were briefly interrupted by an outburst from the public gallery. Its source has been identified as opponents of Senator Eamon Courtenay and supporters of the United Democratic Party, there for the specific purpose of continuing to call him

2012 Nationality Rush: Penner Says He Was Just Trying to Help

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 2012 Nationality Rush: Penner Says He Was Just Trying to Help Elvin Penner More than two thousand names collected by the Immigration Department are suspected of having obtained Belizean nationality in less than optimal circumstances during the rush to the 2012 general elections. Immigration officials testifying at the Senate Special

Georgia Bowen Says No One Could Change Kim File in BPIS

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Georgia Bowen Says No One Could Change Kim File in BPIS Georgia Bowen Current systems administrator at the Immigration Department, Georgia Bowen, worked at the Information Technology section of the Department during the time of the Won Hong Kim case. It has been established through prior testimony at the Senate

Belize Bank Office at Matalon Building Shot At

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Belize Bank Office at Matalon Building Shot At The Matalon Building on Coney Drive was shot up Tuesday night. Police say as many as thirteen shots were fired and eleven of them met their target on the first two floors, which are used by the Belize Bank. The bank issued

Belize on alert for 23 escapees from Honduran prison

Source: Amandala News | Belize on alert for 23 escapees from Honduran prison TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Mon. May 15, 2017–News outlets in Honduras are reporting that 23 high-profile convicted gangsters are on the loose following an escape from prison on Thursday evening. Twelve of them have been convicted of murder, among other charges, including […]

Guatemalan man found murdered on Coastal Road

Source: Amandala News | Guatemalan man found murdered on Coastal Road COASTAL ROAD, Stann Creek District, Mon. May 15, 2017–At about 12:30 this afternoon, a man was found dead on the Coastal Road, near White Bridge. Police have identified the man as Samuel Caal, a 39-year-old Guatemalan resident of Hope Creek. […]

PSU prez under fire on allegations of anti-Garifuna agenda

Source: Amandala News | PSU prez under fire on allegations of anti-Garifuna agenda BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 15, 2017–President of the Public Service Union (PSU), Eldred Neal, elected in 2015 to replace Marvin Blades, is under fire over allegations that he intends to “purge” the executive of the union of its Garifuna members […]

Religion, politics and Technical

Source: Amandala News | Religion, politics and Technical    In 1534, King Henry VIII separated the English Church from Rome. Between 1536 and 1540, Henry engaged in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, which controlled much of the richest land. He disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England, […]

Religión, política y el Colegio Técnico

Source: Amandala News | Religión, política y el Colegio Técnico    En 1534, el rey Enrique VIII separó la Iglesia de Inglaterra de Roma. Entre 1536 y 1540, Enrique participó en la disolución de los monasterios, que controlaban gran parte de la tierra más rica. Disolvió los monasterios, los priores, […]

From the Publisher

Source: Amandala News | From the Publisher 48 years ago, when we had just opened our UBAD office at #45 Hyde’s Lane, two young ladies from St. John’s College Sixth Form visited us on two or three occasions. This would be in the afternoons after classes. There […]

Guatemalan ‘Good Samaritan’ Murdered on Coastal Road

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Guatemalan ‘Good Samaritan’ Murdered on Coastal Road Edwardo Samuel Caal Sub A father of seven children was executed on Monday morning when he attempted to assist persons in a traffic accident.  The Good Samaritan was a Guatemalan national who lived with his family in Hope Creek, Stann Creek District. Edwardo

Neal Says Recording Was Part of ‘Greater Conversation’

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Neal Says Recording Was Part of ‘Greater Conversation’ Turning to the voice behind the now infamous recording, this evening Eldred Neal stopped by our office for an extended sit-down, during which he attempts to explain his position.  For context, the P.S.U. President prefaced the conversation by explaining how the trio,

Neal Calls Out Mora; Says He Could Not Agree with Executive

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Neal Calls Out Mora; Says He Could Not Agree with Executive Eldred Neal Elsewhere in the newscast, you will hear Mora throw Neal under the bus for those unsavory remarks.  Neal, however, says that his counterpart has conveniently forgotten his role in that conversation and the derogatory comments he also

Neal Versus Palacio; He Appeals Over ‘Power-Seeking’ Ploy

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Neal Versus Palacio; He Appeals Over ‘Power-Seeking’ Ploy Luke Palacio The meeting of Eldred Neal and Luke Palacio this afternoon, when the Joint Unions Negotiating Team convened at the B.N.T.U. headquarters here in Belize City, was likely an awkward encounter in the wake of Neal’s blunt remarks about the outgoing

Marvin Mora Discusses History of Garinagu in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Marvin Mora Discusses History of Garinagu in Belize City Marvin Mora The other persons to whom Neal was speaking in the recording were Marvin Mora, the current general secretary of the Belize Energy Workers’ Union and Lorelei Westby of the Belize Water Services’ Workers’ Union.  Tonight, we reveal another damaging

Mora Wanted to Make Point About Garinagu Experience

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Mora Wanted to Make Point About Garinagu Experience Eldred Neal According to Mora, he was doing two things: the first was to attempt to find out the reason why the P.S.U. did not support Fayne Nicasio, a Garifuna woman, for the post of president of the National Trade Union Congress

Mora Claims “Surprise” Over Neal’s Remarks

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Mora Claims “Surprise” Over Neal’s Remarks Marvin Mora Mora claimed that the recording was done without anyone’s knowledge, including the person on whose device it was recorded, and then a portion of it was cut and given to someone as a means of refuting rumors of racism by Mora. Apparently

Guatemalan Shot in Chiquibul; Was it a Soldier?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Guatemalan Shot in Chiquibul; Was it a Soldier? We can confirm that a Guatemalan national has been found dead in the Chiquibul National Park. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs late this evening confirmed the death of the national, but says that the identity and cause of death have not been

P.S.U. President Caught on Tape Making Racist Comments Against Garifuna

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.S.U. President Caught on Tape Making Racist Comments Against Garifuna The leadership of the Public Service Union is under fire tonight, following inflammatory remarks made against the Garifuna community by President Eldred Neal.  The seemingly disparaging comments were made during a recent conversation between Neal and other trade union executives,

Attorney for Missing Teacher, Pamela Lino, Asks Public Help

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Attorney for Missing Teacher, Pamela Lino, Asks Public Help Pamela Lino High school teacher Pamela Lino remains missing and police are no closer to ascertaining whether the charred skeletal remains found inside her vehicle are those of the Belmopan resident.  That’s because samples from the corpse are yet to be

Fire Destroys Historic Audubon Building in Crooked Tree

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire Destroys Historic Audubon Building in Crooked Tree Within hours of the kick-off of the popular cashew fest in the village of Crooked Tree, a fire broke out at the offices of the Belize Audubon Society. The wooden structure was quickly devoured by the blaze over the weekend and by

Roman Catholic Church Installs New Bishop Larry Nicasio

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Roman Catholic Church Installs New Bishop Larry Nicasio Saturday morning was a day of celebration for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan.  It formally welcomed its third native Bishop, Lawrence Sydney Nicasio of Dangriga, in an elaborate three-and-a-half-hour ceremony, featuring the convergence of many cultures.  A coterie of bishops

Fire Service Updates on Quallo’s Alley Fire

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire Service Updates on Quallo’s Alley Fire On Friday, a house in Belize City was destroyed by fire around one-thirty p.m. The town-house style home was occupied by two families, a total of eleven persons.  The families were wiped out of most of their property – only a few items

Reassessing Belize’s Relations with Venezuela

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Reassessing Belize’s Relations with Venezuela Dean Barrow Fuel from Venezuela, refined in Curacao, is Belize’s main source under the Petrocaribe program. But because of continued unrest in the South American state and ongoing issues related to world fuel oil prices, questions have been raised about whether Belize is ultimately being

22 Gangsters Break Jail in Honduras

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 22 Gangsters Break Jail in Honduras The public is being advised to be on the alert for twenty-two escapees from Honduras who are considered dangerous. The gang members escaped from one of the most crowded prisons on Thursday night, and up to today none has been recaptured.  The men were

Parliamentary Leaders of Central America, Caribbean Meet in Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Parliamentary Leaders of Central America, Caribbean Meet in Belize Over the weekend, Belize hosted the nineteenth extraordinary meeting of the forum of presiding officers of national parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean (FOPREL). Belize assumed the presidency of FOPREL since February and will be at the helm until next

Riding and Walking for Cancer Awareness

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Riding and Walking for Cancer Awareness May is half-gone, but two major activities are coming up in the promotion of Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer has been reported as the second leading cause of death in 2016, with prostate, breast and cervical cancer the chief culprits for men and women respectively.

Celebrating the Cashew in Crooked Tree

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Celebrating the Cashew in Crooked Tree Thousands headed to the village of Crooked Tree for the annual cashew festival. The two-day event over the weekend featured all things cashew—from wines to cakes to the sweet roasted nuts. Over the years, the festival has grown considerably becoming an important event in

The Weekend in Sports

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The Weekend in Sports Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities….]

Barrow confirms early retirement

Source: The Reporter | Barrow confirms early retirement By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter   Prime Minister Dean Barrow has confirmed that he will retire early. Barrow did so at Friday’s House meeting and gave his reasons for doing so. During an interview after the House meeting, Barrow told reporters, ” I have already discussed with the

Fire guts Audubon’s building in Crooked Tree

Source: The Reporter | Fire guts Audubon’s building in Crooked Tree By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter   This morning a fire roared through the Audobon Society building at the entrance of Crooked Tree Village, destroying everything inside. The building nor its contents were insured and the total loss is estimated at over $80,000. At around

Elvin Penner shuts up about Won Hong Kim

Source: Amandala News | Elvin Penner shuts up about Won Hong Kim Penner only admitted that he met “Mr. Kim” in “Taiwan, in China,” but not in Belize BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. May 10, 2017 –Elvin Penner, former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, today appeared before the Senate Select Committee […]

“The devil made me steal,” man tells magistrate

Source: Amandala News | “The devil made me steal,” man tells magistrate BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 11, 2017–A man who yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, pleaded guilty to committing a robbery while armed with a knife, and who told the court that he had committed the robbery because, in his words, “from I was […]

Magistrate Norman Rodriguez arraigned for rape

Source: Amandala News | Magistrate Norman Rodriguez arraigned for rape BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 10, 2017–Belize City-based Magistrate Norman Rodriguez became the first judicial officer to be charged with a criminal offense in the history of Belize’s post-independence judiciary. This morning, Rodriguez appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who […]

Penner approved nationality certificate

Source: Amandala News | Penner approved nationality certificate Turkish national who apparently never set foot in Belize BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. May 10, 2017–Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner, was first accused of wrongdoing in September 2013 in connection with the “Citizen Kim” […]

El interrogatorio de Penner

Source: Amandala News | El interrogatorio de Penner Hay dos cosas que sobresalieron para nosotros cuando escuchamos al Comité del Senado, interrogar al ex ministro de migración del Partido Democrático Unido (United Democratic Party, UDP), Elvin Penner, en el transcurso del miércoles, 10 de mayo de 2017. Lo […]

Belizean cyclists win in Cozumel, Mexico

Source: Amandala News | Belizean cyclists win in Cozumel, Mexico BELIZE CITY, Tue. May 9, 2017–Over the weekend, some Belizean cyclists travelled to Cozumel, Mexico to participate in the “Carrera de Ciclista Cozumel 2017.”  Darien Anderson, Darnell Barrow and Byron Pope represented Benny’s Megabytes; Herman ”Hijo” Requena for Westrac Alliance; Brandon and Kaya […]

Premium gas shoots past $11 in the City

Source: Amandala News | Premium gas shoots past in the City BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 11, 2017–Two weeks ago, consumers saw the biggest price spike for regular gasoline since 2017 began, but the price of premium gasoline went the other direction – down from $10.79 to $10.58 on the gallon. That […]

Pepsi delivery truck robbed in Belize City

Source: The Reporter | Pepsi delivery truck robbed in Belize City By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Three thieves held up and robbed the occupants of a Pepsi delivery truck at gunpoint on Mahogany street in Belize City on Thursday afternoon. The thieves made off with a total of $2,479.50 after they held up 39 year-old

Before Re-Arrest, Canadian National Denies Charges

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Before Re-Arrest, Canadian National Denies Charges The couple, a retired officer of the U.S. Marine Corps and his Canadian girlfriend, was found dead in a cane field off the Patchakan/Chan Chen Road after being reported missing six days earlier.  The badly decomposed bodies of DeVoursney and Matus were found by

DeShaies Offers Details of Relationship with Murder Victims

Source: Channel 5 Belize | DeShaies Offers Details of Relationship with Murder Victims According to DeShaies, he has been fully cooperative with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation who have been dispatched to Belize to probe into the murders.  He says that he never really knew Drew Devoursney, aside from having seen the American

DeShaies Says He Has and Will Cooperate with Authorities

Source: Channel 5 Belize | DeShaies Says He Has and Will Cooperate with Authorities John DeShaies Since being picked up as a person of interest by Corozal police, DeShaies is being bounced around from one jurisdiction to another on a seemingly endless string of perp walks.  We asked whether he believes that his individual rights

P.M. Gone? Not Yet, But He is Thinking About It

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Gone? Not Yet, But He is Thinking About It Dean Barrow The House of Representatives met today in special session in Belmopan. Its main business was to introduce nine original and amended bills and two loan motions. We will get to all of that in a moment, but first

P.M. Barrow Admits He Has Few Worlds Left to Conquer

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Barrow Admits He Has Few Worlds Left to Conquer Dean Barrow According to the Prime Minister, today was a good day in terms of his back problems, but there are increasingly fewer of them. With his main goal of this term – a renegotiated Superbond – off the table,

Government Washes Hands off Integrity Commission

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Government Washes Hands off Integrity Commission John Briceño In December, the seven-member Integrity Commission was appointed in Belmopan. Barely a few months into their tenure, they have decided that a clean slate is needed in respect of financial disclosures for the period when the Commission was not in place. After

Norman Rodriguez Interdicted from Magistrate Post

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Norman Rodriguez Interdicted from Magistrate Post Norman Rodriguez Embattled lower court judge Norman Rodriguez is at home tonight on half-pay, following a decision by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to interdict him.  The announcement comes on the heels of his arraignment on Wednesday morning, after being charged in Belize

No Way Back for Penner; Did Cabinet Review Visa Recommendation Reports

Source: Channel 5 Belize | No Way Back for Penner; Did Cabinet Review Visa Recommendation Reports Elvin Penner Former Cayo Northeast area representative and Minister of State of Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, resurfaced in Belmopan this week attending the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings as a witness. We have extensively covered his testimony,

S.S.B. Workers Walk Out; Management Raises Alarm About Services

Source: Channel 5 Belize | S.S.B. Workers Walk Out; Management Raises Alarm About Services Social Security Board employees staged another walk-out this afternoon. Around three o’clock, employees started to exit the offices individually and some thirty minutes later the building was almost empty. In a release issue later this afternoon, the S.S.B. noted that the

How New Loans from C.D.B. Will Help Belizeans

Source: Channel 5 Belize | How New Loans from C.D.B. Will Help Belizeans Inside the House, the Government introduced amendments to the Customs and Excise Duty; General Sales Tax; and Stamp Duties Acts to give effect to concessions promised to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry; amendment to the Trade Licensing Act to regularize its

Fire Destroys Townhouse in Quallos Alley, Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire Destroys Townhouse in Quallos Alley, Belize City Two families are without a roof over their head tonight after a fire destroyed their home. The families lost most of their belongings and nothing was insured. As many as ten people lived in the duplex style home off Lightburn Alley in

Did Angel Campos Interfere in Free Zone’s Business?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Did Angel Campos Interfere in Free Zone’s Business? We have been reporting on the problems in the Corozal Free Zone, where C.E.O. Valentino Blanco has been suspended on the order of the Board of Directors. After about a month and a half on the job, accusations of nepotism and high-handed

Speaker Honors Fellow Nurses at House

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Speaker Honors Fellow Nurses at House This week is Nurses Appreciation Week and the Nursing Association and Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize have held various activities to honor the largest and most unsung portion of the health community. The selected theme is “Nurses Take the Lead in Helping to

Hi Mom! Mother’s Day Greetings from the Streets

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Hi Mom! Mother’s Day Greetings from the Streets Traditionally, the second Sunday in the month of May is celebrated across the world as Mother’s Day. It’s a time where we recognize mothers for their love and dedication to family. This Sunday, celebrations will be held in various forms to honor

Robber targets Puma gas station in Ladyville

Source: The Reporter | Robber targets Puma gas station in Ladyville By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Ladyville police are searching for an armed robber who targetted a Puma Gas station attendant late Thursday night, relieving him of his cell phone, and shooting his friend while fleeing the scene. 18 year-old Kirk Cadle told police that

Armed robbery in Bella Vista

Source: The Reporter | Armed robbery in Bella Vista By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter An armed robber disturbed the peace in the usually quiet Bella Vista village, in Toledo late Wednesday evening when he held up and wounded a female cable company clerk. The daring gunman targeted Charlton Cable Company’s office at 3:25 p.m., on

Multiple persons injured in three car pile up

Source: The Reporter | Multiple persons injured in three car pile up By Michelle Sutherland   A three car pile up that occurred on the Philip Goldson Highway on Sunday night has left several persons recovering from varying injuries while investigators are looking for the occupants of the third vehicle who fled the scene.  

Motorcycle fatality claims life

Source: The Reporter | Motorcycle fatality claims life By Michelle Sutherland     Around 7:00 on Monday morning police found the body of 51-year-old Anselmo around the Go Slow curve in Georgeville village.   It is believed that sometime after midnight Caliz was heading in the direction of Belmopan when he lost control of his

Two charged for kidnapping, robbery

Source: The Reporter | Two charged for kidnapping, robbery By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor   A kidnapping and robbery last week ended up blowing up in the culprits’ faces when their victims freed themselves and quick police work resulted in nabbing three of the assailants red-handed.   Elio Lopez, 44, and Jason Espinoza, 23, face

Taiwan and its love for culture and the arts

Source: The Reporter | Taiwan and its love for culture and the arts By Alexis Milan/ Editor   When Belizeans think of culture, what comes to mind is our own country’s rich and diverse history and people; from the ancient Mayans and the temples they left behind, to the thriving Garifuna community, the growing number

“Business as usual,” says shrimp growers

Source: The Reporter | “Business as usual,” says shrimp growers By Benjamin Flowers The Belize Shrimp Growers Association, assured this week, that the recent loss of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification by four of the country’s shrimp farms will not impair the country’s ability to export shrimp. The BSGA said on Tuesday that the farms

Canada issues travel advisory against Belize

Source: The Reporter | Canada issues travel advisory against Belize By Benjamin Flowers   Belize is among a list of eight Caribbean countries that the Government of Canada has advised its citizens to avoid traveling to.   Canadians are being warned to exercise a “high degree of caution”  if traveling to Belize, saying that there

Central Bank hosts “Know your money “ workshop

Source: The Reporter | Central Bank hosts “Know your money “ workshop By Benjamin Flowers   The Central Bank of Belize (CBB) held a series of workshops last week, geared towards teaching participants the security features to look for when authenticating money.   The bank held the “Know Your Money” workshops at its office in

Border bridge closed but no cause for concern, says Mexican embassy

Source: The Reporter | Border bridge closed but no cause for concern, says Mexican embassy By Marion Ali Assistant Editor A joint Belize/Mexico anti-smuggling exercise at the Subtiniente Lopez Bridge (the old bridge), which connects Mexico and Belize, has  closed the bridge temporarily  to vehicular traffic from Mexico to Belize. The Mexican press reported on

Mother Turns On Daughter/Norman Rodriguez Accuser

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Mother Turns On Daughter/Norman Rodriguez Accuser Norman Rodriguez Norman Rodriguez, the magistrate who was charged with rape on Wednesday, kept away from the courtroom today. The allegation against him is made by an ex-girlfriend who has given her version of events that took place at his house near the Alejo

Another Cruel Fuel Increase

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Another Cruel Fuel Increase Fuel prices keep going up. At midnight on Wednesday, prices shot up again, for the third time since the beginning of the new financial year. This time, the price of premium is above the eleven-dollar mark. It is retailing at eleven dollars and four cents per

Reviled Elvin Penner Wants to Recommend Ways to Fix Immigration

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Reviled Elvin Penner Wants to Recommend Ways to Fix Immigration Elvin Penner We continue our coverage of the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings. On Wednesday, former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, visited and sat for more than five hours of testimony. Penner started off on

Was Kim Ever Really in Belize?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Was Kim Ever Really in Belize? But Penner started to clam up again when Senator Courtenay tried to make the connection between the ex-Minister of State’s ‘business vacation’ in Mainland China and Kim’s data showing up in Belize seeking passport and nationality.  He would only say that the Mainland China

Penner Says He Sponsored Nobody for “Asian Visas”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Penner Says He Sponsored Nobody for “Asian Visas” Witnesses from the Immigration Department who have testified at the public hearings have spoken of ‘sponsors’ for Asian visas. People would ask these persons to write on their behalf to the Department for a ‘super-recommendation’ often on grounds of investment in Belize.

Top Teachers for 2016-17 Awarded

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Top Teachers for 2016-17 Awarded Teachers from across the country were recognized today as part of Education Showcase 2017 for excelling in their profession.  Eight outstanding teachers and school leaders took the spotlight at the annual event. News Five’s Duane Moody was present for the ceremony that lasted more than

Magistrate Norman Rodriguez is Arraigned on Rape Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Magistrate Norman Rodriguez is Arraigned on Rape Charge Norman Rodriguez Magistrate Norman Rodriguez went to work early this morning at around seven- thirty to avoid the glare of the cameras waiting for his unprecedented appearance in court. But his arraignment for rape did not happen until hours later before Chief

Elvin Penner Talks to Senate, But Not About Won Hong Kim

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Elvin Penner Talks to Senate, But Not About Won Hong Kim Elvin Penner Appearing at today’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee at the National Assembly in Belmopan was former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner.  This is the first appearance of any Minister of

Senate Chair Refutes Penner’s Application of the Law

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Senate Chair Refutes Penner’s Application of the Law Aldo Salazar The Committee disagreed. Chairman Senator Aldo Salazar told Penner that any questions put to him would not concern any action in court, nor that the Committee was in the process of a criminal investigation or finding because the Committee cannot

Penner Met Real Kim But Hesitant to Discuss ‘Friends’

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Penner Met Real Kim But Hesitant to Discuss ‘Friends’ Chairman Salazar tag-teamed out to Senator Eamon Courtenay, who turned to the question of how Penner and Kim met in the first place. Here the former Minister was a little more forthcoming, but not very. He was asked where he was

International Buddies Penner and Kim Met in Both Chinas

Source: Channel 5 Belize | International Buddies Penner and Kim Met in Both Chinas Penner was able to give further details of his meetings with Kim, which took place in both Chinas – the People’s Republic or Mainland China, and the Republic of China, on Taiwan.  Kim is South Korean by nationality. The question is

Penner a U.D.P. Again? DPM Faber Says Chances Slim to None

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Penner a U.D.P. Again? DPM Faber Says Chances Slim to None Patrick Faber There are reports that disgraced former Immigration Minister, Elvin Penner, aspires to return to party politics.  But his involvement in the Won Hong Kim scandal and the corruption at the Immigration Department, while he was there, remains

Deputy Prime Minister Says Inquiry Must Get Serious

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Deputy Prime Minister Says Inquiry Must Get Serious Patrick Faber The testimony today of ex-Minister Penner was broadcast on this station and our social media page. The feed got reaction from Belizeans at home and those in the diaspora. But Belizeans have become wary and cynical of the process.  Questions

2 kidnappers charged; two on the run

Source: Amandala News | 2 kidnappers charged; two on the run COROZAL TOWN, Mon. May 8, 2017–Two of four thieves who kidnapped and robbed three men in Ranchito, Corozal District, who were buying a car in Ranchito, have been arrested, and are in police custody pending arraignment in court. The two robbers, […]

Gunman executes Ludwin Kivany Lalin, 19

Source: Amandala News | Gunman executes Ludwin Kivany Lalin, 19 BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 8, 2017–On Sunday evening, community police proponent and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, concluded a family day event in the heart of the Port Loyola constituency: Jane Usher Boulevard. However, at around 6:00 p.m. today, […]

More motorcycle collisions: 1 dead, 1 critical

Source: Amandala News | More motorcycle collisions: 1 dead, 1 critical ST. MARGARET, Stann Creek District, Mon. May 8, 2017–One man is dead and another man is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) as a result of two separate motorcycle collisions. The first incident occurred at […]

Graveyard in Monkey River menaced by erosion

Source: Amandala News | Graveyard in Monkey River menaced by erosion BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 4, 2017–The entire Belize City will be submerged by an encroaching sea in under 7 decades. That was the initial reply from Director of Health Services (DHS), Dr. Marvin Manzanero, when we contacted him today to […]

M/Health shuts down Estrella’s Pharmacy and Clinic in Independence

Source: Amandala News | M/Health shuts down Estrella’s Pharmacy and Clinic in Independence INDEPENDENCE, Stann Creek District, Mon. May 8, 2017–Health authorities have moved to shut down a private pharmacy and clinic which was allegedly being operated by an unlicensed nurse after an official investigation found that a medication mix-up could have contributed […]

International Regional Writers Conference held in Benque Viejo Del Carmen

Source: Amandala News | International Regional Writers Conference held in Benque Viejo Del Carmen BENQUE VIEJO, Cayo District, Sat. May 6, 2017–As a part of the 7th International Festival of Culture, a writers conference was held today on the campus of Mount Carmel High School, in Benque Viejo del Carmen. The theme of the […]

Olatunji Balogun passes

Source: Amandala News | Olatunji Balogun passes UNITEDVILLE, Cayo District, Mon. May 8, 2017–He was born on April 29, 1947, as Michael Elvibirch Brewster. However, he died on May 5 as Olatunji Balogun. Seventy-year-old Balogun, known to many as a black conscious activist, educator and historian, lost […]

Murder on Southside Devastates Family of Teenager

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Murder on Southside Devastates Family of Teenager Ludwin Lalin An eighteen-year-old Belize City resident was shot and killed on Monday evening, shattering a period a relative calm in urban gun violence.  It is not known whether the murder of Ludwin Lalin is gang-related, but we can say that his life

Charges for Magistrate as Rape Victim Reveals Struggle with Incident

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Charges for Magistrate as Rape Victim Reveals Struggle with Incident Norman Rodriguez Magistrate Norman Rodriguez, accused by a twenty-seven-year-old woman of rape, is expected to be charged and arraigned in the lower courts on Wednesday.  Despite the crime having allegedly been committed in Dangriga on April eleventh, the magistrate will

Victim Says She Was Forced Repeatedly and Abused

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Victim Says She Was Forced Repeatedly and Abused In describing her ex-boyfriend, the alleged victim says that Rodriguez has managed to turn her family against her, reportedly through unfulfilled promises.  During their brief relationship, the woman alleges that she was forced into having intercourse on a number of occasions against

Rape Accusation Will Change Lives of Accused and Accuser

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Rape Accusation Will Change Lives of Accused and Accuser Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley From a legal perspective, Magistrate Rodriguez has retained the services of attorney Herbert Panton who will represent the accused when he is brought before the Chief Magistrate on Wednesday.  According to Senior Counsel Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, while Rodriguez

Maskall Grapples with Water Problem; Will New System Help?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Maskall Grapples with Water Problem; Will New System Help? Maskall Village on the old northern highway is without running water and the Water Board says it is because most of the residents have not paid their monthly water bill.  The electricity bill that accompanies the rudimentary water system has not

Airbnb Wants to Grow Market in Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Airbnb Wants to Grow Market in Belize Airbnb, an online marketplace which allows travelers to lease or rent short-term accommodations, is budding in Belize.  The hospitality service includes vacation rentals, apartments, homestays and hotel rooms.  While it does not own any of those properties, it serves as a commercial agent,

B.T.B. Says Airbnb Must Play by Local Rules

Source: Channel 5 Belize | B.T.B. Says Airbnb Must Play by Local Rules Karen Bevans Director of Tourism at the B.T.B., Karen Bevans, says that the collaborative consumption and sharing that Airbnb enable are the future of the travel industry.  It is, however, being met with mixed reception from local stakeholders in the hotel sector.

2 Charged for Corozal Robbery/Kidnapping

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 2 Charged for Corozal Robbery/Kidnapping Two of the four men alleged to be involved in the kidnapping and robbery of three young men in Corozal last week were arraigned on Monday in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court. They are twenty-three year-old Jason Espinoza and forty-two-year-old Elio Lopez for three counts of

Teenager Charged for Shooting of Telswin Lara

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Teenager Charged for Shooting of Telswin Lara Dane Khalil Gillett Police have made an arrest in a shooting in the city of Telswin Lara on Sunday on Arlington Drive. This morning, eighteen-year-old Dane Khalil Gillett, a resident of Pinks Alley, Belize City was taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court

If Charged, Attorney Says Accused Could Go Free On Bail

Source: Channel 5 Belize | If Charged, Attorney Says Accused Could Go Free On Bail Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley The alleged rape of the Dangriga resident has raised numerous questions on the role of the judiciary in respect of indicting one of its own.  While there is a gap in law where sexual offenses are concerned,

Novel Prosecution Brings Pitfalls for Accuser and Accused

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Novel Prosecution Brings Pitfalls for Accuser and Accused Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley The fact that the woman has gone on record in the media to tell her story may very well prejudice her case.  Should charges be preferred on the magistrate in the days ahead, it is expected that he will

John Deshaies Engages Legal Representation for Long Fight

Source: Channel 5 Belize | John Deshaies Engages Legal Representation for Long Fight John Deshaies Canadian national John DeShaies remains in police lockup following his arraignment on Friday, when he was denied bail in the Independence Magistrate Court.  He appeared in court for charges of theft and handling stolen goods of over fifty-seven thousand dollars’

Shrimp Farms Lose International Certification

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Shrimp Farms Lose International Certification The Government has been boasting of a rebound in the shrimp industry in the wake of problems in production a few months ago. However, industry insiders report that the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, A.S.C., has suspended certification for four Belizean shrimp farms as of a month

Andre Vega Stands Alone on Land Compensation Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Andre Vega Stands Alone on Land Compensation Case Andre Vega This morning, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel dropped the case against Hilmar Alamilla, associate of Andre Vega and the former deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, as it relates to a claim for return of compensation of four hundred thousand Belize

G.S.U. – Peacemakers or Peace Breakers?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | G.S.U. – Peacemakers or Peace Breakers? Over the weekend, the Gang Suppression Unit moved against various gangs across the city. There is a truce in place among the rival gangs for about a month now and during that period there have not been any gang-related murders. But is the truce

G.S.U. Charged with Provoking Conch Shell Bay Residents

Source: Channel 5 Belize | G.S.U. Charged with Provoking Conch Shell Bay Residents Oliver Sutherland Word to News Five is that the GSU was simply following orders and that the operations in the area were as a result of instructions issued from up top, but by whom? Gang members told the media that in the

Police hold family day on south side

Source: The Reporter | Police hold family day on south side By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter   The Belize Police Department, in an effort to foster better community relations, held a family day in the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City on Sunday. The event featured sports for adults, including as basketball and football,

Maud Williams honored

Source: The Reporter | Maud Williams honored By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The family and friends of Maud Williams gathered at the Old Belize Jungle Pavilion to honor her at the annual senior citizens recogition gala, hosted by HelpAge Belize. The event featured testimonials from those who have known Williams throughout her extensive career in

Grace Primary reaching out to the community

Source: The Reporter | Grace Primary reaching out to the community By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The faculty, staff and students of Grace Primary School reached out for support from Belize City residents, through “Street Fest,” a fundraiser to help prepare the school’s new campus for operations in September. The event featured live music from

Leadercast 2017 draws over 200

Source: The Reporter | Leadercast 2017 draws over 200 By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Over 200 Belizeans from various public and private sector organizations attended Leadercast 2017, a global leadership seminar, which was simulcast over the internet at 700 locations in 20 countries. Belizeans gathered at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, where they

Banker charged with manslaughter by negligence and other traffic-related offences

Source: Amandala News | Banker charged with manslaughter by negligence and other traffic-related offences BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 4, 2017–The court “slammed the brakes” on the efforts of a young bank employee to learn to drive his late-model Mitsubishi Endeavor 2007 SUV, because he was involved in a road traffic accident that resulted in […]

Canadian-American lovers strangled to death

Source: Amandala News | Canadian-American lovers strangled to death COROZAL TOWN, Corozal District, Thurs. May 4, 2017–The gruesome double murder of a United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran and his lover, a Canadian estate investor, which occurred on Belizean soil, has sent shock waves through the international community. American […]

Charge Magistrate Rodriguez with rape, says DPP to police

Source: Amandala News | Charge Magistrate Rodriguez with rape, says DPP to police BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 4, 2017–Yesterday, Amandala asked Senior Superintendent of Police Ralph Moody, the Southern Formation Regional Commander, for an update into the police’s investigation of a report made by a 27-year-old woman that she was raped by Magistrate […]

Female corpse found inside burnt vehicle

Source: Amandala News | Female corpse found inside burnt vehicle HATTIEVILLE, Belize District, Thurs. May 4, 2017–At about 2:30 Tuesday morning, police made a horrendous discovery after putting out a fire that totally destroyed a KIA Sportage belonging to Pamela Lino, a teacher of the Belmopan Baptist School. Police found […]

Security guard remanded for Lords Bank murder of student

Source: Amandala News | Security guard remanded for Lords Bank murder of student BELIZE CITY, Tues. May 2, 2017–Timothy Thurton, a security guard and Ladyville resident, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court this morning, but it was not until the afternoon session of the court that the man accused of Ladyville’s third murder for […]

Belizean stabbed to death in Chetumal

Source: Amandala News | Belizean stabbed to death in Chetumal CHETUMAL, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Wed. May 3, 2017–Saul Pech, a Belizean national from Yo Creek and popular drummer in his early twenties, who was enrolled at the Instituto Tecnológico de Chetumal (ITCH), was stabbed multiple times last night on the […]

Cricket Corner – Games getting hotter!

Source: Amandala News | Cricket Corner – Games getting hotter! BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 4, 2017–Hello to all cricket players, fans and supporters! Before getting into specifics of the games, I take this opportunity to congratulate our son, Emory Xamicha Young, on winning first place in the first Border Treaty […]

In Belize City, Dangriga Boy Killed on Elston Kerr Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize | In Belize City, Dangriga Boy Killed on Elston Kerr Street There was a murder in the Old Capital on Thursday night, leaving many to wonder whether the fragile ceasefire brokered among the various gangs has once again unraveled.  The victim recently returned to Belize City after spending his childhood in

Senior Citizen Convicted for Being Naughty with Young Girl

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Senior Citizen Convicted for Being Naughty with Young Girl He said it was accidental, but the magistrate didn’t believe him. As a result, fifty-five-year-old Louis Tucker will remain behind bars for five years. Tucker was convicted of sexual assault of a woman in her twenties. At trial today, the accuser

Stabbing Murder Accused Acquitted over ID Problems

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Stabbing Murder Accused Acquitted over ID Problems Twenty-eight year old Wilhelm Gillett was today acquitted of the murder of twenty-one year old Norval Belisle, stabbed to death in the parking lot of La Cabana Club in the Las Flores area of Belmopan in 2015. Gillett was tried alone by Justice

Police Make Arrests, But Kidnapping Victims in Corozal Still Wary

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Police Make Arrests, But Kidnapping Victims in Corozal Still Wary Corozal police have detained two of four men accused of robbery and kidnapping and are seeking two others. Twenty-three-year-old Jason Espinosa and forty-five-year-old Elio Lopez handed over a bag containing a gold chain and ring stolen from twenty-six-year-old Eder Stevenson

What Killed Baby Ricardo? Health Officials Stumped

Source: Channel 5 Belize | What Killed Baby Ricardo? Health Officials Stumped Doctor Manzanero told News Five that their investigation of Baby Ricardo’s death overlapped with that of the investigation into the clinic, but to affix a particular cause of death and apportioning blame will be difficult because of the murky circumstances of the baby’s

18 Graduates from 2-Level Training Course to Fight Epidemic Outbreaks

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 18 Graduates from 2-Level Training Course to Fight Epidemic Outbreaks The study of epidemiology involves analysing statistical data to identify the causes of outbreaks, or epidemics, of diseases from AIDS to Zika, and using that analysis to isolate potential causes and hopefully eliminate them. Belize has three full-time epidemiologists, but

Teaching the Caste War at S.J.C.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Teaching the Caste War at S.J.C. Saint John’s College launched an educational history program today that focuses on the Caste War.  The mix media project uses technology, creativity and the community to tell stories about a piece of history that has helped to shape a part of Belize.  As a

Belize Referee Makes CONCACAF History at Panama Tournament

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Belize Referee Makes CONCACAF History at Panama Tournament Ricardo Daniel Ake Today, one of Belize’s referee is getting the opportunity to officiate a CONCACAF match in Panama. Ricardo Daniel Ake, Belize’s assistant referee, has been assigned to referee a match today between U.S.A. versus Cuba in the semifinals of the

Police investigate latest murder

Source: The Reporter | Police investigate latest murder By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Police have one person detained and are seeking another for questioning in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Michael Bonilla on Elston Kerr Street last night. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, explained that police have not established a motive, but

Health officers certified in field epidemiology

Source: The Reporter | Health officers certified in field epidemiology By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Ministry of Health (MOH) held a graduation ceremony today, for 19 of its staff that completed various levels of a special training course on field epidemiology. The Council of Ministers of Health of Central America (COMISCA) sponsored the training,

New members for California JP Association

Source: The Reporter | New members for California JP Association By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Several persons were sworn in as Justices of the Peace for the California Chapter of the Belize Association of Justices of the Peace this past weekend. The association held the official ceremony, which began with a complementary breakfast,  on Saturday,

Penner – the next witness at Senate Inquiry

Source: The Reporter | Penner – the next witness at Senate Inquiry By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Former Minister of State for Immigration, Elvin Penner, is scheduled to be the next witness to testify before the Senate Special Select Committee. The Committee’s public hearings into the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and

Free medical care for San Ignacio

Source: The Reporter | Free medical care for San Ignacio By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The Beyond the Horizon 2017 project, a collaborative effort between the government of Belize and the United States Army, is hosting free medical clinics for two weeks in San Ignacio. The clinics will be held at the Macal River Park

Rape charge for Magistrate

Source: The Reporter | Rape charge for Magistrate By Marion Ali Assistant Editor The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has directed the police to levy a charge of rape against a magistrate assigned to the south. The investigation against him started when the alleged victim made the report around mid-April.  The file was

Prime suspect in double murder to be charged with theft

Source: The Reporter | Prime suspect in double murder to be charged with theft By Marion Ali Assistant Editor The prime suspect in the double murder of Canadian real estate agent, Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, 36, both residents of Corozal, will be charged on Friday but for another crime in

Infant girl crushed by Bowen & Bowen delivery truck

Source: The Reporter | Infant girl crushed by Bowen & Bowen delivery truck By Michelle Sutherland   A 3-year-old baby girl died after being crushed by a Bowen and Bowen delivery truck early Tuesday morning in Orange Walk Town.   The accident occurred on Liberty Avenue, at 8:15 a.m. on May 2 and claimed the

Two minors drown over weekend

Source: The Reporter | Two minors drown over weekend By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor     Two young persons drowned over the Labour day weekend, within close proximity of the Agriculture Show Grounds where tens of thousands of people attended, including the two victims.   The drownings occurred on Sunday afternoon – the first of

Belize gets new equipment to detect weapons of mass destruction

Source: The Reporter | Belize gets new equipment to detect weapons of mass destruction By Michelle Sutherland   The United States Embassy, in an effort to detect and identify radiological sources and combat the trans-shipment of weapons of mass destruction between countries, handed over a variety of equipment to the Customs and Police departments.  

CEO Blanco lawyered up following 1 month suspension

Source: The Reporter | CEO Blanco lawyered up following 1 month suspension By Michelle Sutherland   The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Corozal Free Zone has hired an attorney and fired back at Gregory Gibson, Chairman of the Corozal Free Zone, for placing him on a one month suspension.   Valentino Blanco, who

BTL getting upgrades, says new CEO

Source: The Reporter | BTL getting upgrades, says new CEO By Benjamin Flowers Belize Telemedia Limited’s (BTL) new Chief Executive Officer, Rochus Schreiber, said this week that the company, under his leadership, will be making strides towards upgrading its infrastructure and improving customer access to the internet. Schreiber held a press conference on Wednesday, at

Murder Among Belizean Cousins in Chetumal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Murder Among Belizean Cousins in Chetumal Saul Pech An Orange Walk man is accused of killing his cousin in the early hours of the morning over in Chetumal. The murder sent shockwaves across that northern municipality because the Pech cousins were well-known – not just in the north, but across

Missing Belmopan Teacher’s Family Seeks Closure

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Missing Belmopan Teacher’s Family Seeks Closure Pamela Lino The family of missing secondary school teacher, Pamela Lino, is seeking closure for what can only be described as a most puzzling disappearance.  It is widely believed that the Belmopan resident perished in an automotive fire on Tuesday morning.  The police, however,

Tourism Industry Hopes for Minimal Impact from Murders

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Tourism Industry Hopes for Minimal Impact from Murders John Burgos The murders of Canadian national Francesca Matus and her American partner Drew Thomas DeVoursney continue to receive news coverage in both countries and around the world.  Unfortunately, it’s not the kind Belize would want. And while they have been few

CIHL and Courtenay Coye Challenge New Government Legislation

Source: Channel 5 Belize | CIHL and Courtenay Coye Challenge New Government Legislation In January, the Central Bank (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act were passed by Parliament.  The former is intended to protect Belize’s foreign reserves in the Bank from poaching by companies claiming arbitral awards, including Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited. 

Penner Di Come!…To Senate Committee Next Wednesday

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Penner Di Come!…To Senate Committee Next Wednesday Former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, is confirmed to be testifying before the Senate Special Select Committee next Wednesday.  It has been a long time – in fact, nearly five years – since he was fired from

Corozal Trio Outwit Robbers/Kidnappers

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Corozal Trio Outwit Robbers/Kidnappers Three men, including a pair of siblings, were lucky to escape with their lives during a robbery turned kidnapping on Wednesday afternoon in the Corozal District.  According to Eder Hall, a land consultant of Corozal Town, he visited a well-known businessman in Ranchito Village sometime around

Victim Tells of Daring Escape after Death Threats

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Victim Tells of Daring Escape after Death Threats Hall also told News Five by phone earlier today that despite being able to successfully foil the kidnapping attempt, his brother’s vehicle remains missing.  He says they were fortunate to have been able to jump out of the trunk of the car

4 Charged for Firearm in a Taxi

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 4 Charged for Firearm in a Taxi Police busted four men in a taxi in which they found a point thirty-eight revolver on Wednesday on Arlington Drive, Belize City. The taxi, a Dodge Caravan, was being driven by fifty-six-year- old Clive Smith; the passengers were Aaron Flowers, Elwin Pollard and

Second Victim of Elston Kerr Street Fire Seeks Assistance

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Second Victim of Elston Kerr Street Fire Seeks Assistance A wooden house on Elston Kerr Street in Belize City, scorched previously in a fire caused by a fire hearth left unattended three weeks ago, is now completely gutted after fire struck again Sunday morning. The front face of the dwelling

1 Man Detained in Double Murder of Foreigners in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 1 Man Detained in Double Murder of Foreigners in Corozal Francesca Matus & Drew Thomas DeVoursney The murder by strangulation of fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus and thirty-six-year-old Drew Thomas DeVoursney continues to baffle police up north. The Canadian woman and her American boyfriend went missing last week and six days later,

What Happened to Pamela Lino?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | What Happened to Pamela Lino? Pamela Lino Belmopan teacher, Pamela Lino, is still missing tonight. Her vehicle, a Kia Sportage, was found burnt on the Gracie Rock junction on the George price Highway early on Tuesday morning. Charred remains found inside are inconclusive as to the identity of the person

Charges Awaiting Accused Magistrate in Rape Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Charges Awaiting Accused Magistrate in Rape Case We can confirm tonight that the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has directed the police to proceed to bring charges against a magistrate serving in south. The magistrate, however, is at this time travelling overseas so it is expected that he will

Grenade, Non-Lethal, Picked Up Over Holiday Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Grenade, Non-Lethal, Picked Up Over Holiday Weekend Sometime between Friday night and Saturday over the holiday weekend, Belize City police reportedly discovered a grenade on Fern Lane in the Saint Martin De Porres area. The grenade has been identified as a nonlethal British-type Practice Grenade. We understand that no one

Corozal Free Zone C.E.O. Fights Suspension

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Corozal Free Zone C.E.O. Fights Suspension The situation on the ground appears to be returning to some normalcy following Monday’s suspension of Valentino Blanco as C.E.O. of the Corozal Commercial Free Zone. The Board suspended him for a month citing loss of confidence with administrative staff and private sector, breach

At Senate, Rodolfo Bol Changes Tune on Passport System

Source: Channel 5 Belize | At Senate, Rodolfo Bol Changes Tune on Passport System Rodolfo Bol The Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearing at the National Assembly this morning was truncated due to logistical issues with bringing witnesses to Belmopan. The sole witness to testify is actually a return witness, Rodolfo Bol. He manages the

What Happened During Kim Passport Window?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | What Happened During Kim Passport Window? Rodolfo Bol What does this mean for what happened with the Won Hong Kim passport? The Department’s records state that a file was opened just before eleven in the morning and closed about one in the afternoon, after which it was printed and distributed,

Belize Has No Diplomatic Presence in Dalian, China

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Belize Has No Diplomatic Presence in Dalian, China Mark Lizarraga Bol also told the Senate panel about the capability of foreign embassies in the U.S. and elsewhere that had limited access to the main system in Belmopan that allowed for picture taking and other preliminary duties prior to processing in

No Additional Charges for Cops Accused of Contraband

Source: Channel 5 Belize | No Additional Charges for Cops Accused of Contraband Almost a month ago, police announced disciplinary proceedings against a police constable and a special constable based in Orange Walk, who were accused of illegally contrabanding items at the Rio Hondo/Botes crossing. Police Constable Jorge Ascurio of the Orange Walk Formation was

Your Light Bill Won’t Go Up

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Your Light Bill Won’t Go Up There is not likely to be any change in the electricity rate any time soon. On Tuesday, the Public Utilities Commission appeared to agree with Belize Electricity Limited that no changes be made to the Mean Electricity Rate, which is currently at just under

Canadian-American Couple’s Gruesome Murder in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Canadian-American Couple’s Gruesome Murder in Corozal Francesca Matus & Drew Thomas De Voursey A Canadian woman and her U.S. boyfriend were strangled to death in the Corozal District. The couple was reported missing since last Wednesday, her SUV was first found on Sunday and then on Monday, their bodies were

Who Suffered Death in Burned-Out Vehicle in Gracie Rock?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Who Suffered Death in Burned-Out Vehicle in Gracie Rock? As police grapple with the double murder up north, there is another homicide that is baffling authorities.  Early this morning, a burnt vehicle was found on the George Price Highway. It went up in flames at about two-thirty this morning in

Orange Walk Baby Crushed in Traffic Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Orange Walk Baby Crushed in Traffic Accident Lindsey Babb Three-year-old Lindsey Babb lost her life this morning during a horrifying traffic mishap in Orange Walk Town.  The toddler was being transported on a motorcycle driven by her father, thirty-three-year-old Eulalio Babb, when he was overtaken by a Bowen & Bowen

Toddler Dead in George Price Highway Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Toddler Dead in George Price Highway Accident A baby was also killed in a fatal road traffic accident over the holiday weekend, this time the mishap took place on the George Price Highway near mile nine.  Seven-month-old Esmay Ferguson perished when a Mitsubishi Endeavor driven by twenty-three-year-old Darrel Jackson.  The

P.M. Drops Hints about Retirement at Chamber AGM

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Drops Hints about Retirement at Chamber AGM Dean Barrow Prime Minister Dean Barrow has dropped his largest hint yet that he will, sooner rather than later, be stepping down before the end of his term in 2020.  Back on Independence Day last September, he had vowed not to leave

Businessmen to Get Help with Duties

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Businessmen to Get Help with Duties Dean Barrow There were some sweets offered to the businessmen by Prime Minister Barrow in his address, which he couched as offering a listening ear and helping hand to the business community. Foremost among the plans is what P.M. Barrow calls a targeted tax

P.M. Promises to Do Better with Corruption, Other Critical Issues

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Promises to Do Better with Corruption, Other Critical Issues Dean Barrow The recently passed General Revenue and Appropriation Bill prescribed increases in taxes totalling eighty million dollars to cover a shortfall, while limiting cuts in expenditure. Prime Minister Dean Barrow pointed to his statement in the Budget presentation of

Free Zone Board Acts as C.E.O. is Suspended

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Free Zone Board Acts as C.E.O. is Suspended There is lingering disquiet at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone where meetings were held today to quell concerns of the business community. We have been reporting since last week of sick-outs by staff members who want the new C.E.O. Valentino Blanco removed

Cayo’s Casa Pan Dulce Changes Bread and Price

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Cayo’s Casa Pan Dulce Changes Bread and Price On Friday, we told you of plans by Dario’s Bakery to lift prices for meat pies from a dollar to a dollar twenty-five beginning today, Tuesday. Tonight, our viewers in Belmopan and San Ignacio/Santa Elena should note that beginning today, there are

Two Drowning Incidents Reported in Cayo District

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Two Drowning Incidents Reported in Cayo District Joseph Vacaro Two young persons lost their lives on Sunday in separate drowning incidents in the West. On Sunday, April thirtieth, Police visited an area in the Banana Bank road where they saw the lifeless body of a girl. According to Police, Armando

Two minors drown in Roaring Creek

Source: The Reporter | Two minors drown in Roaring Creek By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two young people drowned in the Roaring Creek river earlier today. Reports are that Jose Vaccario, 16, from Bze City and Sandy Lopez, 12, from San Ignacio were two of several persons who went in the river from scorching inland temperatures

Teen stabbed in Mahogany Heights

Source: The Reporter | Teen stabbed in Mahogany Heights By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A teen was stabbed in Mahogany Heights this morning. Police say Clint Geban, 18, was stabbed to the left side of the abdomen at around 4:30 a.m today. So far, no one has been arrested and police investigations continue.

Accused rapist walks; victim stops court case

Source: Amandala News | Accused rapist walks; victim stops court case BELIZE CITY, Wed. Apr. 27, 2017–A jury selection process was completed yesterday morning, Tuesday, at the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas and two women and seven men were selected to hear the evidence in the trial of Evrett “Jack” […]

Carlos Perdomo’s name called in reference to shady issuance of passport

Source: Amandala News | Carlos Perdomo’s name called in reference to shady issuance of passport BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. Apr. 26, 2017–In her audit of the Immigration Department, Auditor General Dorothy Bradley opined that the procedures at the department were ruled by UDP “Ministerial Interference,” which led to massive irregularities. During today’s Senate hearing with

Barton Middleton invokes constitutional right to “shut up”

Source: Amandala News | Barton Middleton invokes constitutional right to “shut up” BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. Apr. 26, 2017–After a brief hiatus, the Senate Select Committee resumed its probe into the Auditor General’s Special Audit into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Departments for the period 2011-2013. The audit had documented that in […]

Muslim Daughter, Christian Mother: Alana Raybon and her mom, Patricia Raybon to be hosted on Sunday’s Moments of Inspiration

Source: Amandala News | Muslim Daughter, Christian Mother: Alana Raybon and her mom, Patricia Raybon to be hosted on Sunday’s Moments of Inspiration BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 27, 2017–KREM’s Virginia Echols will feature on her show, Moments of Inspiration, from 6:00 am – 8:00 am this Sunday, April 30, Patricia Raybon, an award-winning author, and

Cricket Corner

Source: Amandala News | Cricket Corner Excellence once again tells Western Eagles, “Unu no ready fi we.” BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 27, 2017–Hello to all fans, players and supporters of cricket. Thanks to our kind sponsorship of Bowen and Bowen who continues to provide the best […]

Claims allegation against Benny’s Kitchen is malicious

Source: Amandala News | Claims allegation against Benny’s Kitchen is malicious April 24, 2017 The Editor Amandala Dear Sir, My attention has been drawn to an article appearing on page 22 of the Amandala dated Friday, April 21st., 2017. The article is headed “The 2017 saga of San Jose Succotz” and […]

80% of cybercrimes in Belize are perpetrated by foreigners

Source: Amandala News | 80% of cybercrimes in Belize are perpetrated by foreigners BELIZE CITY, Wed. Apr. 26, 2017–Cybercrimes have become pervasive, and they pose a threat to people and companies around the globe—even those who deliberately stay away from the social media platforms, where many cybercrimes are perpetrated. According to the Federal […]

Are referees above the law?

Source: Amandala News | Are referees above the law? PRICE BARRACKS, LADYVILLE, Thurs. Apr. 27, 2017–Football in Belize has a rich history, whereby those who are fanatics of this sport would agree that fans, sponsors, referees, clubs, and players are losing the love for the sport. This is evident […]

Man found murdered inside car

Source: The Reporter | Man found murdered inside car By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man was found shot to death inside his vehicle this afternoon in Belize City. Police say the body of Santiago Rodriguez was found inside his white 4 Runner SUV at around 2:30 p.m., on Trinity Street in the Port Loyola

Taxi Driver Executed in Port Loyola

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Taxi Driver Executed in Port Loyola Santiago Rodriguez Just before three p.m. today, the body of a man was found inside his Toyota Four-Runner taxi off Fabers Road Extension on the south side of Belize City. Forty-eight-year-old Santiago Rodriguez, a taxi operator with the Pound Yard Taxi Cooperative, was executed;

Why Did Baby Ricardo Quintero Die in Independence?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Why Did Baby Ricardo Quintero Die in Independence? There is a disturbing report of the death of a five-month-old baby in the south.  The newborn boy died on March third, under rather mysterious circumstances.  It is believed that baby Ricardo Quintero died after being administered the wrong medication at a

Police Confirm Middleton Raid, Details Scarce

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Police Confirm Middleton Raid, Details Scarce Barton Middleton Police confirmed today that the Orange Walk house of visa facilitator Barton Middleton was searched on Thursday morning as we reported in our newscast. The search came on the heels of Middleton’s appearance before the Senate on Wednesday where he indicated he

S.S.B. Employees Rally, But Management Unbowed

Source: Channel 5 Belize | S.S.B. Employees Rally, But Management Unbowed While employees of the Corozal Free Zone stayed away for a second day due to issues with management of C.E.O. Valentino Blanco, employees of all Social Security Board branch offices country-wide showed up to work today in their union t-shirts, as they did last

S.S.B. Chair Says Employees Have No Cause to Worry

Source: Channel 5 Belize | S.S.B. Chair Says Employees Have No Cause to Worry Doug Singh A one-point-seven-five percent pay raise is on the table for employees. According to Singh, a lot of staff members have accumulated vacation days for which they expect to be paid. That results in increased money for the Board to

Treasury Workers Shut Down Operations to Protest Planned Move

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Treasury Workers Shut Down Operations to Protest Planned Move There’s also unrest among government employees at the Treasury Department, located within the Central Bank of Belize. Since this morning, News Five can confirm that the employees have been on a go-slow with a threat of further action by next week.

Coast Guardsman’s Charges Against Boss Have ‘No Merit’

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Coast Guardsman’s Charges Against Boss Have ‘No Merit’ John Borland Last week, a petty officer at the Belize National Coastguard, Randy King filed a complaint against his Commander, Admiral John Borland. King claimed that apart from verbally abusing him inside an office, the commander threatened his job and his life.

Mayor Plans Annual ‘Labour for Belize’ Initiative

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Mayor Plans Annual ‘Labour for Belize’ Initiative Darrell Bradley The Belize City Council is marking its fifth annual ‘Labour for Belize’ event on May first, beginning at the rising of the sun at B.T.L. Park. A feature initiative of the mayoralty of Darrell Bradley, the project encompasses various efforts at

No Rally for N.T.U.C.B. as Message Talks Tough

Source: Channel 5 Belize | No Rally for N.T.U.C.B. as Message Talks Tough The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, for the first time in recent memory, is not marking Labour Day with a parade and rally.  It is announced at the very end of their Labour Day message, which states that N.T.U.C.B. takes no

S.S.B. Crowns National Tertiary Debate Champion

Source: Channel 5 Belize | S.S.B. Crowns National Tertiary Debate Champion The finals of the National Tertiary Debate sponsored by the Social Security Board were held today in Belize City. The final two teams, Independence Junior College and Ecumenical Junior College, debated on the topic “Be it resolved that Belize should submit its territorial differendum

U.B. Prez Talks Up Agriculture Ahead of N.A.T.S. 2017

Source: Channel 5 Belize | U.B. Prez Talks Up Agriculture Ahead of N.A.T.S. 2017 Thousands of Belizeans will be heading to the Capital City on Saturday and Sunday for the annual National Agriculture and Trade Show. Since it started back in 1970, “Agric” has grown from year to year. While for many years the focus

UB goes green!

Source: The Reporter | UB goes green! By Marion Ali Assistant Editor In tandem with Earth Day,  the University of Belize (UB) has gone “green”, and has embarked on an energy-efficient/cost-saving lighting system at its Faculty of Education and Arts Campus in Belize City, by replacing all its fluorescent light bulbs with LED tubes. Director

JP Association, California Chapter to swear in new members

Source: The Reporter | JP Association, California Chapter to swear in new members By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The Belize Association of Justices of the Peace, California Chapter, will swear in 13 new members this weekend, to keep up with the growing community of Belizeans in California. The historic event marks the first time that

Taiwan calls for participation in World Health Assembly

Source: The Reporter | Taiwan calls for participation in World Health Assembly By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The Government of the Republic of China-Taiwan is calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite it to attend the 2017 World Health Assembly. Taiwan is also calling on the international community to support its participation, given

Student murdered in Lords Bank

Source: The Reporter | Student murdered in Lords Bank By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter Brandon Bradley, a 17-year-old student, was found dead late on Wednesday night, his body riddled with bullets near the entrance of the Green Garden Estate area of Lords Bank village. Sometime after 10:30 p.m., on April 26, the ITVET student was

North American couple missing in Corozal

Source: The Reporter | North American couple missing in Corozal By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter An American couple, who took up residency in the Corozal district, has mysteriously vanished since Tuesday night, leaving friends puzzled and worried about their safety. Francesca Matus, 52, a Canadian national of Serenity Sands, Consejo Road, Corozal and her boyfriend,

Mexican innovators offer Belize trade opportunities

Source: The Reporter | Mexican innovators offer Belize trade opportunities Belizean businessmen got the opportunity to form trade partnerships with Mexican companies; when the Mexican Embassy hosteda trade delegation ofentrepreneurs and manufacturers’ representatives of seven companies from Merida, Yucatan and Cancun, Quintana Roo at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City on Thursday, April 27.

Sudden Death for Ladyville Teen, Brandon Bradley

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Sudden Death for Ladyville Teen, Brandon Bradley Brandon Bradley The Ladyville jurisdiction of the Belize Police Department recorded its third murder since the start of the year.  On Wednesday night, a seventeen-year-old student was gunned down on the Lord’s Bank Road, just a stone’s throw from where he lived in

Caught on Camera – a Gas Attendant is Robbed at Gunpoint

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Caught on Camera – a Gas Attendant is Robbed at Gunpoint Just minutes before the murder of Brandon Bradley, there was an armed robbery at the 24/7 Gas Station located at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and the Lord’s Bank Road in Ladyville. Surveillance video provided to the

Robbers Hit Go Wireless in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Robbers Hit Go Wireless in Belize City Police in Belize City are still busy fighting crime, even though the gang element has for now been removed as a major source of worry. Sometime this afternoon, the downtown store of GO Wireless was targeted by two robbers on a motorcycle. Police

Reports of a Raid at Orange Walk House of Barton Middleton

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Reports of a Raid at Orange Walk House of Barton Middleton Barton Middleton On Wednesday, Orange Walk businessman Barton Middleton flatly told the senators in the Immigration inquiry that he had nothing more to say in regard to questions of his alleged involvement in under-handed immigration deals with the eight

Was Elvin Penner ‘Consulting’ for Won Hong Kim?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Was Elvin Penner ‘Consulting’ for Won Hong Kim? Omar Phillips Omar Phillips worked as a Data Entry Clerk for the Immigration Department from 2009 to 2013, when the Won Hong Kim scandal broke, and his role became known. He and two other officers, Erwin Robinson and Sharon Neal, were suspended

Omar Phillips Says Verification was Limited for Applications

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Omar Phillips Says Verification was Limited for Applications Omar Phillips According to Phillips, Immigration officers, particularly at lower levels, receive only the most basic training in the various tasks to which they are assigned on a daily basis. For data entry and capture, that is as simple as looking at

Rural Eastern Division Works on Office Upgrades

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Rural Eastern Division Works on Office Upgrades Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department is making changes to their headquarters in Ladyville, Belize District to allow for greater space for officers to do their work. Both Government and the private sector are contributing to building an attachment to the building

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