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October 17, 2017

Belize

Brave Schoolgirls Escape Abductors in El Progreso, Cayo

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is a disturbing report coming in from the west where two men attempted to abduct three girls—ages nine, ten and eleven—from El Progresso, seven miles village in the Cayo District.  At news time tonight, the minors along with their parents are with investigators inside the San Ignacio Police Station…

Erwin Rodriguez Laid to Rest after Remains Found Near Sea

Source: Channel 5 Belize Erwin Rodriguez Tonight, seventeen-year-old Erwin Paulino Rodriguez was laid to rest at Eternal Garden Memorial Cemetery on the George Price Highway following a short graveside service. The last faint hopes of his family were dashed on Saturday afternoon. His mother Silvia was called by police to the seashore behind the…

COLA Says “Obscene” Fabers Road Contract May Be Final Straw

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited has already begun construction on the stretch of Fabers’ Road between Central American Boulevard and the George Price Highway. For that approximately one-mile stretch of road, they will be paid handsomely – almost eight million dollars to reinforce the road bed and put in…

CEO Zuniga blames police for inaction re Senate Inquiry revelations

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. Oct. 12, 2017–The special audit of the Immigration Department revealed numerous illegalities that were committed between 2011 and 2013. Former and current UDP Cabinet ministers, UDP mayors and UDP associates, as well as senior immigration officers, […] Link: CEO Zuniga blames police for inaction re Senate

US diplomat flees Belize!

Source: Amandala News He was involved in a horrible, tragic traffic accident that killed two Belizean women and a child. A second child is in the hospital with both legs broken. BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 12, 2017–On Saturday, Samantha Castillo dropped her brother, […] Link: US diplomat flees Belize!

Aretha Elinor Ford called to the Bar in London

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 12, 2017–Aretha Elinor Ford, eldest daughter of Nelson and Jennifer Hyde, was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, England today. Before this, Aretha graduated from St. Catherine Academy and SJC […] Link: Aretha Elinor Ford called to the Bar in

Christoffer Jan Roggema, 65, Cocoplum Garden Spa owner, disappears

Source: Amandala News St. Margaret, Cayo District, Thurs. Oct. 12, 2017–Christoffer Jan Roggema, 65, a Norwegian national and businessman living in Belize, is the latest person to go missing. Interestingly, police have not yet issued any report about his disappearance. According to a […] Link: Christoffer Jan Roggema, 65, Cocoplum Garden Spa owner,

Taximan and Activist Albert Cattouse Gunned Down – Was It a Hit?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Around seven-thirty on Thursday night, shots rang out in the vicinity of Dolphin Street near the rear of Roger’s Stadium. A well-known taxi driver and activist had been gunned down in cold blood. Seventy-two-year-old Albert Anthony Cattouse was driving his Lincoln Town Car on Hicatee Street when he was targeted…

Christopher Roggema’s Decomposing Body Found

Source: Channel 5 Belize The badly decomposed body of sixty-nine-year-old Christoffer Jan Roggema was found today in some high bushes in Saint Margaret Village. The Norwegian- Belizean businessman went missing on Monday while out scouting for a piece of property to build a business. According to close friend, Jaime Perez, who has known Roggema…

Hope Fading in Search for Erwin Rodriguez

Source: Channel 5 Belize They had expected many more, but only fifteen family members and friends and a handful of concerned citizens joined the search for seventeen-year-old Erwin Rodriguez. Although all signs point to foul play, the family of the teenager is focused on finding his body and knowing definitively what happened to him.…

COLA Demands Documents for Fabers’ Road Construction Contract

Source: Channel 5 Belize Attorney Kareem Musa has written the Ministry of Works and Contractor General Godwin Arzu under the Freedom of Information Act. On behalf of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, he is asking for reasonable inspection of several documents in connection with Thursday’s contract signing for the reconstruction of Fabers’ Road…

P.U.P. Leader Says ‘Any Number Can Play’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kareem Musa By whom will Party Leader John Briceño be challenged for control of the P.U.P.?  It’s a question being pondered by many within the opposition party, in light of the fact that candidates are yet to enter the intramural political race.  While it is strongly believed that the seat…

Rest of National Executive Posts Also Up for Grabs

Source: Channel 5 Belize Henry Charles Usher According to Party Chairman Henry Charles Usher, every other position within the national executive is up for challenge.  He goes through the necessary procedures of nomination.   Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, People’s United Party “This morning we had the first national executive meeting since the last National…

Thanks for Support, But Briceño Says He Didn’t Ask for It

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño On Wednesday, Deputy Party Leader Kareem Musa, in an interview with the media, said that endorsements for Briceño’s leadership were being gathered from caucuses across the country.  That effort came in the wake of the National Party Council held on September thirtieth.  But today, Party Leader John Briceño…

Chairman Says ‘Nobody Knows’ Who Will Run for Leader

Source: Channel 5 Belize Henry Charles Usher At present Briceño’s office remains unchallenged, but that’s subject to change in the weeks ahead.  The party chairman confirmed this fact when the question was put to him bluntly.   Isani Cayetano “Do you have any idea preliminarily, of any interest being expressed in terms of challenging…

Search Resumes for Erwin Rodriguez as Mom Makes Frantic Appeal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Last week, we showed you the search for Erwin Rodriguez that led to the discovery of his bike in an area called “Dike,” located off Faber’s Road. The seventeen-year-old has been missing going on seven weeks and the family has been searching for him. In previous efforts, Rodriguez’s slippers were…

Friends Keep Looking for Christopher Roggema in the West

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chrisstofer Jan Roggema is missing and his friends need help to find him. Roggema is a Norwegian-Belizean businessman who has been living in Belize for more than twenty-five years. He moved to Saint Margaret Village on the Hummingbird Highway earlier this year and on Monday, he went to see a…

Fabers’ Road to be Redone for $7 Million

Source: Channel 5 Belize Faber’s Road is getting a major upgrade which is expected to commence immediately.   The contract, to the tune of seven point nine million Belize dollars, was signed today for the reconstruction of Faber’s Road between George Price Highway and Central American Boulevard, a distance of approximately one point nine kilometers.…

Daniel Fabro, Frank Sharp Join F.F.B. Presidential Race

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Football Federation of Belize remains in administrative turmoil, despite several unsuccessful meetings of its executive to try and bring order to the organization.  Notwithstanding the chaotic state of affairs, a team of two candidates entered the political fray today by submitting their names for president and vice president, respectively. …

M.O.H. Says Pink Eye Cases Have Not Peaked – 9,000 in a Month

Source: Channel 5 Belize This evening, following meetings with the Pan American Health Organization and gathering of formal reports, Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero updated News Five with the very latest statistics on what has become a national and regional health epidemic. The Ministry of Health now reports upwards of eleven thousand…

Despite John Briceño Support, Others May Challenge Him

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kareem Musa Since the announcement of the national convention, letters of endorsement for Briceño’s leadership have been issued from an overwhelming number of caucuses; in fact, from as many as twenty-eight those close to Briceño say.  According to Musa, it’s strange that the incumbent party leader would seek to solidify…

P.U.P. Leader Claimed Kareem Was on His Side

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño On the occasion of the National Party Council meeting in Belize City, party leader John Briceño was asked specifically about a Kareem Musa leadership challenge and whether the timing of the convention was by design, to forestall any momentum developing for such a challenge. Briceño maintained that the…

Musa: Titles Don’t Matter, Actions Do

Source: Channel 5 Belize Said Musa With only a midterm in electoral politics to his credit thus far, is Musa prepared to take the reins of the oldest political organization in Belize?  He admits that his bid for leadership would be symbolic of the confidence and faith that his colleagues have placed in him;…

Latest murder claims Jason Almendarez on Jasmine Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize With two murders over the holiday weekend and a third reported this afternoon, the murder count for 2017 is up to one hundred and fourteen murders unofficially, slightly ahead of the 2016 pace. We start with what appears to be an execution-style murder on Jasmine Street, a stone’s throw from…

The two lives of murder victim Justin Hyde

Source: Channel 5 Belize The City’s second murder victim is twenty-two year old Justin Hyde. On Monday night he was riding with two friends on separate bicycles not far from his home on Curl Thompson Street when according to police, near the corner with Levi Slusher Street, several gunshots were heard and Hyde was…

Counselor Diane Finnegan says Justin didn’t have to die

Source: Channel 5 Belize This evening, youth counselor and coordinator of the Youth Apprenticeship Program Diane Finnegan weighed in on the life of Justin Hyde and his contribution to the intervention program coordinated by former officer-in-charge of Southside Belize City Chester Williams along with Finnegan and Nuri Muhammad. In support of his intention to…

Another road fatality in the South

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was another fatality on the highways. It happened at Mile thirty two on the Southern Highway near the Red Bank Junction. Thirty-four year old Paulino Pop, of San Roman Village was driving a Nissan pick-up truck heading to Independence. Five persons were in the pan of his vehicle. According…

George Stewart drowned while diving for conch in Stann Creek

Source: Channel 5 Belize The search for the missing caretaker at Tobacco Caye in the Stann Creek District has ended sadly, with news of his body being recovered Friday evening. Fifty-eight year old George Anthony Stewart was believed to have gone to dive for conch on Tuesday evening around four-thirty but failed to return.…

Hattieville man shot in Conch Shell Bay

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-eight year old Julian Ebanks is listed as stable at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being shot on Sunday night. According to police, the Hattieville resident was socializing in the Conch Shell Bay area around eleven p.m. when he was shot to his shoulder and cheek.   Link: Hattieville man

Homeowner shoots would-be minor burglar

Source: Channel 5 Belize A seventeen-year-old minor remains in the hospital in a stable condition after being shot by a homeowner who believed he was trying to burglarize his home. Sixty-three year old Joseph Duce of Police Street saw two men on his verandah around two this morning. He fired twice at them with…

Convicted burglar admits to escape from police

Source: Channel 5 Belize Convicted prisoner, thirty-nine year old Eugene Bailey , was in court today for another offence. Already facing time behind bars for burglary and kept firearm offenses, Bailey today changed his not guilty plea to guilty for escaping from lawful custody while at Precinct Three in January of this year. This…

Missing teen’s body found

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The worried family of missing teenager, Erwin Rodriguez had their worst fears confirmed this weekend when his body was found on the south side of Belize City. Rodriguez’ body was found near a tree in the Port Loyola area of Belize City, around 5:00 pm,…

Man shot during fist fight

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man was shot in the chest and left forearm when a security guard fired a shot to disperse two groups that were fighting. The incident happened in the Princess Ramada casino compound shortly after 3:00 am. Police say Glenford Brown, 33 years, employed with…

Man crushed to death on George Price highway

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man was crushed to death on Saturday afternoon at mile 35 on the George Price highway. Police say it happened some before 2:00 pm, when Elroy Jones, who was part of a clean-up crew, slipped off a moving 18-wheeler towhead, which had a cargo…

Citizens walk for a Green Belize

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Public servants, community volunteers and concerned citizens gathered on the George Price Highway this weekend for the second “Walk for a Green Belize” cleanup campaign. At the event, hosted by the Department of the Environment (DOE), in conjunction with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority…

Activists offer reward for the capture of Albert Cattouse’s killer

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Following the shooting death of activist Albert Cattouse, the group Belize Leaders for Social Justice has offered a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to the capture and conviction of his killer. The BLSJ condemned Cattouse’s murder as emphatically as it could, calling on…

Controversy erupts over Fabers Road reconstruction contract

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Members of civil society and the political third parties have condemned the Government of Belize’s decision to award the contract for the reconstruction of Faber’s Road to the nephew of former Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega. The Vision Inspired by the People third party, called…

Mental Health Association hosts speech competition

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Students from four high schools put their public speaking skills to the test on Friday at the 10th Annual Speech Competition, hosted by the Mental Health Association of Belize. The contestants gathered at the St. John’s College Chapel, where they were required to give a…

Belize participates in regional political forum

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Belize was among the nations represented at the First Central American Integration System (SICA)-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum in Santiago, Chile. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington led the Belizean delegation, accompanied by his Chief Executive Officer H.E. Pat Andrews, and Foreign Service Officer,…

Cops say David Doehm, 59, committed suicide

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 5, 2017–David Doehm, 59, an American businessman of San Pedro who was out on a bail of $10,000 granted by the Supreme Court for a charge of cruelty to a child for the death of his […] Link: Cops say David Doehm, 59, committed suicide

Mike Garbutt, 60, found dead at San Cas Plaza

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 5, 2017–Michael Garbutt, 60, a homeless man who often could be seen around San Cas Plaza and the surrounding area, was found murdered this morning about 2 o’clock. He was found lying face-down on the concrete […] Link: Mike Garbutt, 60, found dead at San Cas

Pink eye cases double 2016 count: almost 8,000 cases reported

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Oct. 4, 2017–Teachers, students and workers have been coming down with conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye”, in an unprecedented wave that seems to be striking like a plague across households in Belize. Latest reports from the […] Link: Pink eye cases double 2016 count: almost 8,000

Search continues for Erwin Rodriguez

Source: Channel 5 Belize Erwin Rodriguez For weeks we have been reporting on missing teen Erwin Rodriguez. The last time his mother saw him was six weeks ago and she fear that he is dead. No one has seen or heard from the minor since he last stopped at his mother’s work back in…

Regular gas price down, but shy of previous levels

Source: Channel 5 Belize The response from the Government of Belize to protests over record gas prices came today with a statement announcing a decrease of eighty-four cents in Belize City for regular gas, taking effect at midnight. Protestors led by the Belize Leaders for Social Justice and including the top leadership of both…

Turtle Inn kitchen burns; hotel still in business

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are details tonight about the fire that struck the famous Turtle Inn in Placencia.  The resort owned by the renowned filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, suddenly went up in flames on Thursday afternoon but damage was confined to one area and guests were not affected. While it was back in…

Canadian Gabriel Buchnia Shot Dead in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gabriel Buchnia Up north in Corozal, a bloody murder took place in the quiet community of Chula Vista, smacked between Altamira and Paraiso Villages on Wednesday night. The heavy rains and thunderstorm did not prevent a gunman from carrying out what is believed to be an orchestrated hit on thirty-eight-year-old…

Administrator Warns Leave the Homeless Alone

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joyce Ellis Garbutt lived on the streets and that made him vulnerable – like all others who use bus stops, streets and other public spaces for shelter. Joyce Ellis of the Welcome Resource Center says that others who live on the street are also exposed to harm and she asks…

In Cayo, Cotton Tree Man Stabbed and Dumped in River

Source: Channel 5 Belize Isau Perez There is another murder to report out west. Thirty-three year old Isau Perez of Cotton Tree, Cayo, was discovered dead and floating in the Belize River. The body was located in the vicinity of Banana Bank Resort around eight-thirty this morning. Police say he was stabbed to the…

Spanish Lookout Scotia Bank and Belmopan Taximan Robbed

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was a brazen heist at the Scotia Bank Branch in Spanish Lookout, Cayo. The same branch, which was hit seven years ago, is located immediately next to the police station and is equipped with surveillance cameras as well as its own security guards.  Employees and customers were busy with…

Burning Tires for High Gas Prices?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Early this morning, travel by commuters on the Haulover Bridge at the northern entrance of the City, was interrupted by a predawn bonfire that filled the air with thick black smoke. Several tires were placed across the bridge and set on fire at about five-thirty. The blaze was eventually put…

Steve Moss Charged in Bismark Shooting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police have made a significant arrest in the murder of Daniel Anderson who was killed over the weekend.   Late this afternoon, Steve Martin Moss, a twenty-three-year-old stevedore of Queen Charlotte Street, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser.  Moss was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder,…

Minor Charged for San Pedro Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Christian Contreras A seventeen-year-old has been charged for the murder of eighteen-year-old Christian Contreras in San Pedro. As we reported on Tuesday night, two persons were in police custody, including a minor. Today, the teenager was formally arrested and charged for the shooting that happened just before midday that left…

Returning Police Commissioner to Look into Interview Impasse

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie Since the thirteenth of September, the press office of the Belize Police Department has failed to facilitate, according to media records, a single interview on any subject, including high profile criminal cases. The press is questioning whether Police, who have been reeling from multiple controversies including internal infighting,…

Aunt afraid of nephew; pulls charges in court

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Fri. Sept. 29, 2017–Edwin Perdomo, who was charged with three offences that were of a violent nature, was freed of them when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, and was bonded over to keep the […] Link: Aunt afraid of nephew; pulls charges in court

Dorian Sutherland murdered by “longtime” friend

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 2, 2017–The nation’s latest murder victim, a car washer, was reportedly murdered by his longtime friend, a taxi driver, shortly after 6 o’clock tonight. According to eyewitness accounts, the car washer, Dorian “Sonny” Sutherland, who reportedly […] Link: Dorian Sutherland murdered by “longtime” friend

Daniel “Danny” Anderson, 32, gunned down outside Bismark

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon, Oct. 2, 2017–Four children are fatherless after Daniel “Danny” Anderson, 32, was gunned down while celebrating his brother-in-law’s birthday at a night club on the south side of Belize City. Police reports indicate that sometime around 3:00 […] Link: Daniel “Danny” Anderson, 32, gunned down outside Bismark

The great Hogan visits the Jewel

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Sun. Oct. 1, 2017–No, it is not “Hulk Hogan;” but in terms of the resonance of his name upon generations of Belizean footballers in the U.S., and I suspect a few old-timers back home as well, he might […] Link: The great Hogan visits the Jewel

3 Guatemalan cops show up in Barranco

Source: Amandala News BARRANCO, Toledo District, Mon. Oct. 2, 2017–Chairman of Barranco Village, Dale Gutierrez, has confirmed to Amandala that he has received a report from one of his villagers, Dave Alvarez, that three Guatemalan police officers turned up in the village last […] Link: 3 Guatemalan cops show up in Barranco

Police Intervene to Stop Drug-Related Killings on Island

Source: Channel 5 Belize Henry Jemmott While police will not say why eighteen-year-old Christian Contreras was killed, it is widely believed that is linked to the drug problem on the island. Several of the killings in the past year have been connected to drug rival groups and the Police Department has since implemented several…

Cops Know & Seek Killer of Daniel Anderson

Source: Channel 5 Belize Daniel Anderson Meanwhile, police say they know who fired the fatal shots outside of Bismark Club following a birthday celebration which killed Daniel Anderson and left two others hospitalized at the K.H.M.H.  While that person has reportedly been detained, no charges have been levied so his name is being withheld…

City Council Scrambles to Fix Payroll Problem at H.R.C.U.

Source: Channel 5 Belize No worker likes to be left high and dry at the bank or credit union on payday, and so the complaints of sanitation workers since Friday have been reaching ears in the press. The Belize City Council, which effectively assumed responsibility from the private company Belize Maintenance Limited following unrest…

New B.N.T.U. Prez Proud of Documentary

Source: Channel 5 Belize B.N.T.U. President Elena Smith pronounced herself satisfied with the documentary and said that proceeds from sales would be split with Kremandala Limited as producers. The B.N.T.U.’s portion, she said, would go to its Strike Fund to benefit any potential future action by the union.   Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.…

OCEANA Pushes Best Practices for Sustainable Marine Environment

Source: Channel 5 Belize At the next meeting of the House in mid-October, a bill will be introduced on the indefinite moratorium against offshore oil exploration activity. The content has not been circulated and it is highly anticipated by environmentalists and conservationists. Over the weekend, OCEANA Belize Vice President Janelle Chanona pronounced at the…

The P.U.P.’s Prescription for Keeping Fuel Prices Down

Source: Channel 5 Belize After reaching some of their highest levels this year, fuel prices are expected to moderate with the coming shipment of petroleum from Venezuela, as part of a restarted Petrocaribe program. Last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave a lengthy explanation for the price increases, repeating blame on the sputtering Petrocaribe…

Two shot; one dead

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Unconfirmed but reliable reports are that two youths were shot on Monday night in Belize City, one of whom died of his wounds. The report is that the incident happened at around 9:30 p.m., in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Police have not yet disclosed…

BREAKING: Late Evening Murder in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Just before news time tonight, there was a murder on Police Street in the south side of Belize City. Around five p.m., police responded to reports of shots being fired on La Croix Boulevard. Inside a property at the corner of Linda Vista and Police Streets, they found the body…

Daniel Anderson Killed at Bismark Birthday Party

Source: Channel 5 Belize Daniel Anderson Within a span of twelve hours over the weekend, one person was killed, another stabbed and five others injured in separate shootings also in the city. A birthday celebration ended fatally for Daniel Anderson; a man well-known to the law. Party goers at the popular Bismark Club on…

Hattieville Teen in Court for Marcel Samuels Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Blake Norman Lewis There’s a break in Friday’s murder of Marcel Samuels. Eighteen-year-old Blake Norman Lewis, a construction worker of Myvette Street in Hattieville Village, was arrested and charged for the murder of the sixty-two-year-old jeweler and butcher of Cemetery Lane in Belize City. This afternoon, Lewis appeared before Chief…

2 Charged in Luis Sierra Robbery-Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lyndon Lewis On Friday, the body of forty-six year old Luis Antonio Sierra, a naturalized Belizean businessman of Bullet Tree village, Cayo, was located near Valley Community, Stann Creek District. He had been shot once to the abdomen. On Sunday, the man whose farm he was visiting, thirty-one year old…

Off-Duty Policeman Halts Rape on George Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is also a disturbing report of a rape in the city over the weekend. On Saturday night on George Street, an off-duty police caught a man in the act. Sometime after eleven p.m., a Honduran national pulled a woman into an abandon building, stripped her of clothes and proceeded…

P.U.P. Says G.S.U. Must Go

Source: Channel 5 Belize The party leader took questions on several national issues, including one that dominated most of last week’s newscasts. We are speaking of the disappearance and return of seventeen-year-old Kelvin Usher, who fled the Gang Suppression Unit after they went shooting into a farm in Lucky Strike village where a marijuana…

Integrity Commission Being Taken to Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Integrity Commission is under fire for two reasons. The first is its reversal of a prior position that persons in public life were to submit five years of declarations for review, later reduced to one. The second is its list of persons who violated the law in terms of…

‘Pink Eye’ Rises and So Do Prices for Medication

Source: Channel 5 Belize The country is battling an outbreak of conjunctivitis – or what is better known as ‘pink-eye’. The outbreak is also affecting Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica. And while the Ministry of Health has put out a number of announcements to raise awareness to avoid the spreading of the pink-eye –…

Separate fires cause damage to homes

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Fires in Belize City and Burrell Boom early today have destroyed two homes. In the first incident, at around 12:55 a.m., fire personnel were called out to Burrell Boom village to the residence of 54-year-old Nathalie Hyde. Hyde told investigators that at around 12:50 a.m.,…

Hattieville man shot multiple times

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A shooting on Sunday night in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City has sent a man to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. 28-year-old Julian Ebanks of Hattieville was shot in his left shoulder and left cheek at around 11:00…

Third person dies following traffic accident

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A third person has died as a result of a traffic accident on Saturday evening at Mile 4 on the George Price Highway. Police have confirmed that Martha Vasquez, 23, died at 7:15 Saturday night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. About an hour after…

Orange Walk man murdered!

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A man from Orange Walk was shot dead early this morning in that municipality. Preliminary police reports are that at around 1:00 a.m., this morning, 42-year-old Daniel Carillo was walking on Mopan Street in Orange Walk town when someone approached him from behind and shot…

Taiwan gives Belize agencies 40 ASUS laptops

Source: The Reporter By William Ysaguirre, Freelance Reporter In celebration of the Republic of China on Taiwan’s 106th anniversary National Day, the Taiwan Embassy in Belize donated 40 ASUS 15” laptops to Belize organizations, educational institutions, primary and secondary schools and news agencies. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Charles Liu presented the computers…

Two persons confirmed dead in accident

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police, a few minutes ago, confirmed that two persons have died as a result of a traffic accident at Mile 4 on the George Price Highway an hour ago. The deceased are Samantha Castillo, 30, of 81 Bella Vista area, Belize City and one year-old…

Fatal traffic accident reported on George Price highway

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter The Weekend Reporter Online has received unconfirmed reports of a fatal traffic accident sometime after 5:00 p.m., near mile four on the George Price highway. Preliminary reports are that two children were involved, one of whom may have succumbed to injuries. Unconfirmed reports suggest that…

Ex-UDP ministers still hustling at Immigration Department

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. Sept. 27, 2017–The special audit of the Immigration Department has named thirteen past and current UDP Cabinet ministers for their intervention in the works of the Immigration Department for the period 2011-2013. Those interventions might have […] Link: Ex-UDP ministers still hustling at Immigration Department

Kelvin Usher, 17, found alive

Source: Amandala News Usher’s 4-day disappearance sparked massive media outpourings and demonstrations by his SJCJC schoolmates BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 28, 2017–This morning, family members of Kelvin Usher were preparing to embark on another day of search for the missing 17-year-old, who disappeared […] Link: Kelvin Usher, 17, found alive

2017 pink-eye cases already exceed last year’s tally

Source: Amandala News There have been 1,675 cases since September 10th – outbreak reported in Chetumal BELIZE CITY, Tues. Sept. 26, 2017–This week has seen an escalation of new cases of conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” with 696 cases having been reported […] Link: 2017 pink-eye cases already exceed last year’s tally

Michelle Trapp sworn in as magistrate

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Sept. 27, 2017–Attorney Michelle Trapp was sworn in today as a magistrate by the Chief Justice, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, in a short ceremony that was held in his chamber. She said she doesn’t as yet know where […] Link: Michelle Trapp sworn in as magistrate

GOB announces decrease in Regular gasoline prices

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter The Government of Belize, via a press release issued earlier today, has announced that the price of regular gasoline will decrease, effective tonight as a result of a new shipment today. The release states that the price of Regular fuel will decrease by 84 cents,…

After Son’s Return, Cameron Usher Sr. ‘Goes Off’ on Police

Source: Channel 5 Belize It’s more than twenty-four hours since seventeen-year-old Kelvin Usher emerged from the bushes near Lucky Strike where he went missing and returned to his family in the city.  While Belizeans are expressing relief at the safe return, the narrative of his friends and family desperately searching for him after he…

A Hero’s Welcome at Vigil Turned Celebration

Source: Channel 5 Belize To the cynical, the events of Thursday and indeed this entire week seem to have played out like the most sugary movie script this side of the Hallmark Channel or maybe Lifetime. And the old adage still holds true that something too good to be true usually is. But for…

Marcel Samuels Shot Dead in Butcher Burns

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marcel Samuels A well known butcher and jeweler was executed this morning as he went to his farm in the area of a favorite swimming spot, Butcher Burns. Sixty-two-year-old Marcel Samuels was ambushed in a quiet farming community as he and his wife were heading to their livestock farm, when…

Luis Sierra Lured to Death Near Valley Community

Source: Channel 5 Belize Luis Sierra There is another fatal shooting in which two suspects have reportedly been detained.  The shooting incident turned apparent murder occurred outside of Valley Community on the Hummingbird Highway. Dead is forty-six-year-old Luis Sierra, a father of five, whose body was found this morning after he called his family…

Scotiabank Avoided Problems with Correspondent Banking

Source: Channel 5 Belize The International Monetary Fund in its latest country report noted that Belize remains affected by issues with correspondent banking. The IMF cites the withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships and low capital buffers as key risks to financial stability.  As you would know, several local banks in Belize and small jurisdictions…

Mortgaged Houses a ‘Legacy’ of Economic Problems

Source: Channel 5 Belize A sign that the economy is sluggish can be seen by a flip of the pages of local newspapers. Weekly, there are long lists of houses and properties on the auction block since property owners are unable to meet respective mortgage payments and banks end up foreclosing on their accounts.…

Scotiabank Donates to Ministry of Education

Source: Channel 5 Belize Scotia Bank Belize is supporting efforts to promote literacy among the population. Today, the bank handed over a set of computers as well as a cheque to the Ministry of Education as a first phase. The bank will also be gifting computers to schools to be identified by the ministry.…

SAGICOR Walk/Run to Benefit Healthy Lifestyles

Source: Channel 5 Belize It is not intended to be competitive but the five-kilometer walk and run organized by SAGICOR insurance in Belize City on Saturday evening is intended to be both fun and for a good cause – two causes, in fact. Up to ten thousand dollars in funding will be raised on…

Belize’s drug treatment court still in pilot phase?

Source: The Reporter By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter The disproportionate number of inmates on remand awaiting trial at the Kolbe Foundation Prison at Hattieville prompted Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to join with the national Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) to explore and recommend the establishment of a Drug Treatment Court for Belize. The…

Belize wins 2nd Mundo Maya Pok-Ta-Pok World Cup

Source: The Reporter Belize may not have qualified to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, but the Belize “Ek Balam” team of young men from Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk have won the second Munda Maya World Cup championship, for Pok-ta-pok, the traditional Maya ball game. Didier Novelo, Franz Novelo, Eric Cal, Josue…

Belize Up Front

Source: The Reporter After a five week break from writing, it’s great to be back. The reason for the partial break is because of my mini vacation in Belize, which ended up being an extended one. Eight days into my arrival at home, I had the unfortunate experience of getting my backpack stolen.…

Get rid of the GSU, Briceno promises if PUP wins

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), known for its rigid, no-nonsense stance on gang activity and street crime, will cease to exist if the People’s United Party (PUP) becomes the next government. PUP Leader, John Briceno, told the media on Saturday that the GSU, whose functions…

Mother Karima Williams Overwhelmed and Relieved

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kelvin Usher As we said, tonight Kelvin Usher is safe at home, reunited with his family. Missing since Sunday, the teenager surfaced this morning, according to police, not far from where he disappeared when the Gang Suppression Unit busted a marijuana farm on Lucky Strike, Belize District. The Saint John’s…

Lost Teen ‘Followed the Sun’ to Come Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize At a press conference held by Prime Minister Barrow this afternoon, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams recounted parts of Kelvin Usher’s disappearance, following a debriefing at the Raccoon Street Police Station. The teenager admitted to police earlier today that he simply got lost in the wilderness of Lucky Strike…

No Police Involvement; G.S.U. Best Practices to be Reviewed

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chester Williams During the interrogation by ACP Williams this morning, Usher was asked several questions pertaining to the incident, particularly whether he was roughed up by the officers or had been held against his will.  According to Williams, the unfortunate experience, as well as a subsequent investigation into what unfolded…

P.M. Absolves Kelvin – No Charges!

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cameron Usher Sr. So, with all the drama of Kelvin’s disappearance finally over, will he face similar drug related-charges that were levied against his father on Monday?  It’s a question that was posed during the press conference this evening.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow took the liberty of responding and said…

G.S.U. Not Immediately Aware of Missing Kelvin Usher

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cameron Usher Sr. & Kelvin Usher The disappearance of a young Belize City student since Sunday has gripped the nation and galvanized persons from every walk of life.  A massive search and rescue operation to locate seventeen-year-old SJCJC student Kelvin Usher continues in the wilderness of Lucky Strike in northern…

Elite Unit Questioned on Operating Procedure

Source: Channel 5 Belize Andres Makin In the face of specific details being provided by the GSU Commander, there are a number of inconsistencies.  Firstly, Superintendent Makin states that his men fired only three to four rounds when entering the marijuana plantation.  That account is being refuted by Cameron Usher Senior.  He was apprehended…

P.S.B. Begins Investigation; P.M. to Make Statement

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington One person we haven’t heard from is the Prime Minister, but that will change when he addresses the press on Thursday, according to the Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington. Elrington says an internal investigation has already commenced through the Professional Standards Branch.  While Assistant Commissioner of…

Students Lead Lunchtime Protest in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the streets of the Old Capital, temperatures are rising among the younger population, which is demanding answers and action on the mysterious disappearance of one of their own. At midday today, a group of students took to the streets in protest of the way the authorities have been handling…

Search Continues in Lucky Strike

Source: Channel 5 Belize For the fourth day, the bushes of Lucky Strike were scoured by family and friends looking for Kelvin Usher.  The family holds hope alive, but every passing minute is critical to locate the minor. The search parties were joined today by Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the head of…

LOOKING FOR A NEWSPAPER?

Source: The Reporter The Reporter is a good choice. Full of sports and local news! If you are living in the District Towns, or Belmopan City pick up a copy at any of the following business places: Corozal Town – Marina Gomez Cor. 4th Ave & 2nd Street North Orange Walk Town –…

Premium gas now up by 93 cents on the gallon

Source: Amandala News PG buyers pay more than $12 a gallon BELIZE CITY, Sat. Sept. 23, 2017–Three days after pump prices spiked for regular gasoline and diesel, there was another price change at the pumps, with the price of premium gasoline increasing by […] Link: Premium gas now up by 93 cents on

Father, 41, arrested for weed field; son, 17, missing

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 25, 2017–Police report that members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), acting on information about a marijuana plantation at Lucky Strike in the Belize District, travelled to the area shortly before midday on Sunday. On arriving […] Link: Father, 41, arrested for weed field; son, 17,

Contagious pink-eye plaguing Belize

Source: Amandala News The Ministry of Health says that persons with “pink eye” should stay away from work, school and public places until the infection clears BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 25, 2017–The Ministry of Health has issued an alert about a rise in […] Link: Contagious pink-eye plaguing Belize

Tennis News – Youth Tournament

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Sept. 19, 2017–This past Saturday (September 16), the Belize Pickwick Club Tennis Courts were filled with kids from ages 7-13 vying in the first competition for the new school year in Orange level and Green level categories. […] Link: Tennis News – Youth Tournament

Shayanne Castro, 27, arraigned for drug trafficking

Source: Amandala News The Castro family is back in the news. Shayanne Castro is the daughter-in-law of Transport and NEMO Minister Edmond Castro BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 25, 2017–The family of NEMO and Transport Minister, Edmond Castro, is back in the news again. […] Link: Shayanne Castro, 27, arraigned for drug trafficking

Kelvin Usher Remains Missing; Family and Friends Fear Worst

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kelvin Usher A desperate search continues for missing seventeen-year-old Kelvin Usher.  Family, friends, students as well as the police searched an area in Lucky Strike off the old Northern Highway for hours where the young student was last seen with his father, Cameron Usher Senior. But a number of questions…

Did G.S.U.’s Behaviour Contribute to Situation?

Source: Channel 5 Belize In Belize City, attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, who is defending Cameron Usher Senior and considers him a close friend, says the bigger tragedy than the discovery and burning of the marijuana plantation is how the Gang Suppression Unit handled the matter. Family members of Cameron and Kelvin Usher say G.S.U.…

First Chinese Grocer Murdered in Old Capital in 4 Years

Source: Channel 5 Belize Bainan Wu Police are not providing details on the deadly shooting of a Chinese grocer in Belize City. Shortly before eight o’clock on Monday night, a robbery attempt turned fatal for Bainan Wu, the store owner of Xi He Ii Store located at the corner of Vernon Street and Santa…

Illegal Mahogany Loggers Out on Bail

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier today, a group of four illegal loggers appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court where each man was formally charged for unlawfully harvesting as many as thirty-two pieces of mahogany logs.  Catalino Copo, Nelson Mosa, Pablo Valladarez and Aurelio Mai were busted in the vicinity of the Old Northern…

Karl Leslie Death Remains Mysterious

Source: Channel 5 Belize Karl Leslie Was an elderly resident of Hattieville murdered or did he die of natural causes?  The family of Karl Leslie believes that their loved one may have been killed by someone he knew very well.  They also believe that he may have been robbed, before being brutally attacked and…

How to Avoid the Contagious ‘Pink Eye’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Severe cases of conjunctivitis remain on the rise across the country, as infections among adults and children continue to spread.  Pink eye, as it is commonly known, is a swelling of the outermost layer of the white part of the eye, as well as the inner surface of the eyelid. …

Hygiene and Prompt Treatment Important

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ethan Gough Prevention of pink eye is partly by hand washing and treatment depends on the underlying cause.  In the majority of viral cases, there is no specific treatment; however, most cases resulting from a bacterial infection will resolve without treatment.   Dr. Ethan Gough, Epidemiologist “What you can do…

Mexico Says Thanks for Earthquake Help

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two devastating earthquakes struck central and south-western Mexico in succession between September seventh and nineteenth. Between them they have caused more than four hundred deaths and extensive material damage. As bad as things have been, the rest of the nations of the world, led by the United Nations Office for…

In Cayo, NEMO Prepares for Multi-Disaster Scenario

Source: Channel 5 Belize The National Emergency Management Organization led a simulation exercise for a multi-disaster and emergency response scenario involving a break in a dam along with other scenarios happening at the same time, some of them more familiar such as earthquakes and hurricanes. National Emergency Coordinator Shelton DeFour spoke to the scenario…

Shayanne Castro Charged for Drugs; Did Police Try to Extort Her Family?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Shayanne Castro Tonight, another member of the Castro family is in the news, this time for drug trafficking. Twenty-seven-year-old Shayanne Castro nee Rosado, wife of Wasani Castro, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to possession of more than twenty-five pounds of marijuana in the Magistrate’s Court. She retained attorneys Marcel…

Firearms, Believed to be Linked to Castro, Taken Off Streets

Source: Channel 5 Belize Back to the story involving Shayanne Castro…Police have confirmed that it recovered four high-powered weapons off the streets, along with ammunition. However, no arrests were made and the firearms were deposited as found property. It is believed that these guns were handed over in a deal with the Castros in…

City Man Charged over Marijuana Plantation; His Son is Missing

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cameron Usher There were other marijuana busts over the weekend.  The largest one took place in Lucky Strike village off the Maskall Road in the Belize District on Sunday morning following the bust of Shayanne Castro.  A G.S.U. team followed up on information of a marijuana plantation where they found…

G.S.U. Makes 2 Busts for Drugs

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the other busts by the Gang Suppression Unit over the weekend, thirty-seven year old Jason Orozco was arrested and charged for drug trafficking on Saturday morning. He was captured near an alley beside New Asia Restaurant on Vernon Street after first trying to run. The Sandhill resident had three…

4 Busted with Illegally Cut Mahogany Logs

Source: Channel 5 Belize An illegal logging operation in northern Belize District has resulted in the arrest of four men who were found with as many as thirty-two pieces of mahogany logs in an area off the old Northern Highway.  On Sunday afternoon, sometime around three-thirty, Orange Walk police came upon the individuals in…

Pain of New Gas Prices Settling In

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fuel prices have increased as many as four times in two months; twice in August and twice in September. The surprise increase sneaked on Friday sent premium prices rocketing at eleven dollars and ninety two cents. According to our calculations, government is raking in more than five dollars in GST…

Belizean Recounts Mexico Earthquake Experience

Source: Channel 5 Belize Millions have been affected by the massive seven point one earthquake that hit Mexico City on the nineteenth of September. Over the weekend, two other quakes were experienced even as Mexico continues to search for survivors. So far the death toll has risen to three hundred and twenty persons and…

Charles Brown Charged for Rape of a Child

Source: Channel 5 Belize Charles Brown There is a disturbing report of rape of a minor by a man three times her senior.  Thirty-nine-year-old Charles Alexander Brown of Madam Liz Avenue, Belize City is remanded to Central Prison tonight after being charged with the rape of a child. On September eighteenth, a thirteen-year-old female…

Business Senator Defends Pace of Senate Committee

Source: Channel 5 Belize Member of the Senate Special Select Committee, business community Senator Mark Lizarraga, was a guest of Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes this morning. The Committee has been meeting since last November and called at least thirty witnesses to address various aspects of operations at the embattled Immigration Department between 2011…

Three shootings; one dead; several hurt

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor One man is dead and several are wounded following a series of shooting incidents over the weekend. Police say the fatal incident occurred sometime around 3:30 this morning during a party at Bismark club. According to police, a fight broke out “where a known male…

Traffic accident leaves three persons injured

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Three persons were injured in a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson highway on Saturday morning. The mishap occurred between miles 14 and 15, shortly after 10:00 a.m., and involved a red F-150 pickup truck and a gold Nissan Altima car. Police say their investigations…

Money changer beaten, robbed

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A money changer from Corozal was beaten up and robbed of a significant amount of cash on Thursday morning. Police say the incident happened at around 5:00 a.m., while the victim was in his vehicle at his house in Ranchito Village. Three men reportedly ambushed…

Fatal shooting reported in city; police details scarce

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor There are unconfirmed reports of a fatal shooting on Saturday night in Belize City. While police information on the incident has been slow in coming, unconfirmed reports are that the incident occurred in the Yoborough area of Belize City and that six persons were shot.…

Accused trigger-happy cop out on bail

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police Corporal, Steven Parham, accused of ordering food for which he did not pay, then using his service weapon to bully the restaurant owner and security guard, is out on bail of $5,000. Parham’s attorney, Oscar Selgado was able to secure bail for him from…

Chinese businesses shut down countrywide Sunday

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Chinese restaurants, bars, supermarkets, stores, shops and gamerooms across Belize will close for business on Sunday, in protest of recent criminal attacks against three of their businesses, one of which ended in the murder of the store owner. This means that anything from Sunday lottery…

Police’s and civilians’ accounts of raid differ

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The police account of what transpired during a raid on Armadillo Street on Thursday afternoon differs from what residents say what happened. The residents say police arrived and started to indiscriminately assault two men, while the police claim they were the ones who were on…

Traffic accident near Sand Hill

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police are currently on the scene of a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson highway. Reports are that the mishap occurred at around 11:00 this morning in Sand Hill village. An ambulance is transporting injured victims for medical attention in Belize City. The Reporter Online…

Man who goes to buy cattle shot dead

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A trip by two men to buy cattle at a ranch in the Valley community on the Hummingbird highway, Thursday evening, resulted in one of them being shot and later found dead. Police say that at around 2:00 Thursday evening, Luis Sierra, 46, a naturalized…

The 2 Belizes of Independence Day 2017

Source: Channel 5 Belize Now to Independence Day…independent now for thirty-six years, is Belize any better off?  According to the Prime Minister, the country appears to be shaking off the malaise of recent years economically. But tempers are badly frayed in the social sector, with crime resurging and opponents in various sectors regularly at…

Petrocaribe is Back – in October

Source: Channel 5 Belize “Petrocaribe will roll it once more,” Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed Thursday morning during his Independence Day address. This follows a meeting with a delegation of Venezuelan officials who arrived in country Monday morning and left by Tuesday afternoon. On September fourteenth, the Government had announced an immediate suspension of fuel…

Support for PAC Expansion and Lands Reformation

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The Government faces no end of scandal in many of its Ministries, from Immigration to Health, Education to Works to Finance. But the hot button issue of the moment is what Prime Minister Dean Barrow himself has called “the hotbed of corruption” – the Lands Department. Former deputy…

A murder-suicide no one can explain

Source: Amandala News Police say Bobby Godfrey shot Delsie Smith in the AAA Security company office, and then shot himself BELIZE CITY, Tues. Sept. 19, 2017–The management and officers of the AAA Security Company, located at Mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson […] Link: A murder-suicide no one can explain

Chester and Marco told by police brass to “cool off”

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Sept. 19, 2017–In our previous edition of the Amandala, we indicated that a legal battle between two senior officers was looming over the Belize Police Department. In an interview with the press on Monday, Deputy Commissioner of […] Link: Chester and Marco told by police brass to

After 3 years, still no justice for Danny Conorquie

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Sept. 19, 2017–It has been said time and again that Danny Conorquie, the 20-year-old Special Constable of the Tourism Police Unit who was gunned down in cold blood at the Caracol temple in western Belize on September […] Link: After 3 years, still no justice for Danny

Regular gas jumps 92 cents

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Sept. 19, 2017–The Government of Belize, via the Belize Bureau of Standards, has announced that pump prices will increase for regular gasoline and diesel as of midnight tonight. Roughly two weeks ago, the Ministry of Finance had […] Link: Regular gas jumps 92 cents

A chat with Cador – Belize City football star of the 1960s

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Sun. Sept. 17, 2017–(My former Diamond-A teammate Solomon Usher informed me of his presence in the old capital, and I met Cador at his family home, corner Collet Canal and Cemetery Road, on Wednesday evening, September 13. Unfortunately, […] Link: A chat with Cador – Belize City football

Chamber Intervenes to Stop Freeze in Senate Allocation

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the eve of independence, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sent a strong letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, asking that he retract the financial ceiling for the Special Select Committee he set in his August third letter to clerk of the National Assembly Eddie Webster. Slowly…

D.P.P. Wants More from Integrity Commission on Late Declarations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier this year, the Integrity Commission’s decision to require declarations filed dating back only to 2016, not to 2012 as originally asked for, raised ire from the Opposition, which questioned what Government members may be trying to hide. Today, the Commission released a statement announcing that it has informed those…

Foreign Minister Wants Verification of Sarstoon B.T.V. Incident

Source: Channel 5 Belize The issues of sovereignty and territorial integrity are ever present in the minds of Belizeans at this time. This morning, the Foreign Minister of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, met with visiting diplomats from countries friendly to Belize, before departing to address the United Nations in New York. We caught up with…

I.C.J. Still the Only Way

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is still no protocol on the Sarstoon, even though the Foreign Minister was told by his then counterpart, Carlos Raul Morales that one would be concluded. But Elrington believes that going to the ICJ would stop the Guatemalan military and repeats that the maritime borders are not yet defined.…

Sedi Disparages Eamon; Says Guats Will Stay the Course

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay The Foreign Minister has been a lightning rod for years. Many have called for his removal for statements he has made such as “artificial borders” and most recently, his persistence that our borders are not internationally recognized. But Elrington has remained as the chief negotiator in the most…

Regular, Diesel Fuel Price Increases Arrive

Source: Channel 5 Belize As we go into the Independence Day holiday, fuel prices are going up at the pumps once again. On September fourth, the Government announced that there would be increases in fuel prices as part of the after effects of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. Well, those awaited increases in…

Wilfred Elrington Says Corruption is More Worrying than Crime

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Minister of Home and Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was the featured speaker at the University of Belize’s lecture on Monday on security and threats to Belize on the eve of Independence. As usual, Elrington brought a unique perspective to his audience. In opening his remarks, the man in…

Training Begins on Infection Prevention

Source: Channel 5 Belize Day one of a two-day training of trainers’ workshop by the Caribbean Public Health Agency was held today at the Biltmore Plaza. Local medical practitioners from across the country are receiving refresher courses on infection prevention control. The workshop also focuses on better responses in terms of personal protective equipment…

Mexico City Reels from 7.1 Earthquake

Source: Channel 5 Belize Following an eight point oh earthquake off Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico twelve days ago, a seven point one magnitude earthquake killed over a hundred people in Mexico City and surrounding states earlier this morning. The powerful earthquake toppled buildings, damaged streets and knocked out electricity for millions in Mexico. Some…

Dominica Appeals for Help after Category Five Maria Hits

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hurricane Maria, a category five storm, made landfall on the island of Dominica on Monday night. Not much is known as yet about the extent of the damage, as initial assessments and search and rescue are believed to have just started later today. During the passage of the hurricane, Prime…

Bodybuilders Prepare for Regional Championship in Mexico

Source: Channel 5 Belize It’s been over two decades since Belize last had representation in the Central American and Caribbean Fitness Championships organized by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. But the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation is this year fielding three athletes to participate in the international tournament to be held…

Shocking Murder-Suicide at AAA Security

Source: Channel 5 Belize Robert Godfrey & Delsie Smith Two people were killed in a shooting that police had described as murder-suicide on Friday night. The shocking incident occurred inside the offices of AAA Security on the Philip Goldson Highway. The well-known business owner, Robert Godfrey, killed his long time employee and manager, Delsie…

Honduran Killed Without Warning in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Santos Miguel Bernardes There was more bloodshed in the city. Twenty-four hours after the murder-suicide at AAA Security, fifty-one-year-old Santos Miguel Bernardes was executed. The sanitary engineer was playing domino at his neighbor’s yard on Laura Dunn Street off Antelope Street Extension in Belize City, when a gunman would interrupt…

Aaron King Shot at Buttonwood Bay Party

Source: Channel 5 Belize Aaron King As the weekend progressed, party goers at an event in Buttonwood Bay scattered in fear of their lives. Among the guests was Belize City resident Aaron King. One of two hit men called out his name and when he turned to respond, King was met by fire. He…

American-Model Grenade Strikes San Pedro Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the prime tourism island of San Pedro, residents in the area of San Mateo escaped grave injuries when a high explosive fragmentation grenade was thrown beneath the house of Amancia Martinez.  It’s the first attack using a hand-thrown bomb to be recorded on the island, and many in the…

Ambergris at War?

Source: Channel 5 Belize David Jones Commander Jones says the fragmentation grenade sent shrapnel flying across a fifteen meter radius, shaking a number of houses in the immediate area of the blast.   Brig. Gen. David Jones, B.D.F. Bomb Expert “I went out to the area afterwards where when I visited the area, I…

Fire destroys house in Burrell Boom

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A house was destroyed by fire this morning in Burrell Boom village. Police say they were alerted of the blaze sometime before 6:00 a.m., and saw a wooden house measuring 20′ by 20′ engulfed in flames. Another smaller structure a few feet away was also…

Police charge man for rape of a child

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man from Belize City faces a charge of rape of a girl. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon at the victim’s home. She told police that she was at home in the company of her aunt, a special needs person, when a man from…

Powerful aftershocks scare Mexicans

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Mexicans in the south of their country endured two temblors on Saturday, causing more fright to those grappling with the impacts of two strong earthquakes earlier this month. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred Saturday morning near Oaxaca, 275 miles southeast of Mexico City. The epicenter…

Belize’s economy looks promising, Prime Minister indicates

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is moving along, with multiple stakeholders participating in the process. This should discourage politicians from engaging in corruption or from avoiding transparency and accountability. “The…

Family feud results in stabbing

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A dispute between two brothers-in-law ened up with one being stabbed and the other being detained. The incident happened some after 4:00 p.m., this evening in Orange Walk Town. It happened when Ajit Ramclam, 34, visited his girlfriend’s house on Marcelino Tun Street, and became…

Girl, 12, dies in traffic accident

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A 12 year-old girl died in a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway on Thursday night. Police say the incident happened between miles 26 and 27 sometime around 9:00 p.m., and involved a blue Mazda pick-up and a gray Toyota Corolla. Travelling in the…

Marco takes on Chester!

Source: Amandala News Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal said that he agreed with the “widely-held” perception that “certain groups were allowed to thrive in the marijuana trade while others were not allowed to thrive on that trade under the previous commander [ACP Chester Williams].” […] Link: Marco takes on Chester!

DPM Says Suspension of Petrocaribe Will Not Hurt Belize-Venezuela Relations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight, the Petrocaribe initiative remains in limbo following an announcement of the immediate suspension of the program.  A meeting between two officials representing the Venezuelan government and Petroleos de Venezuela Caribe S.A. respectively with Prime Minister Dean Barrow was cancelled this afternoon. However, the officials are expected to arrive in…

P.U.P. Proposes Some Modest Reform to Social Security

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño Briceño described the Government’s treatment of the S.S.B. as a piñata, always available for ready cash on demand. But with calls for increased contributions from workers, what, if anything, can be done to fix the Board’s position? While the party is still discussing its plans, Briceño outlined four…

Queen of the Bay is for All

Source: Channel 5 Belize The spectacle that was the simultaneous coronation of Aaliyah Ysaguirre and Esmeralda Cal as Queen of the Bay 2017 endures as the topic of choice in just about every forum.  Just about everyone has weighed in on the embarrassment that unfolded during the official ceremony on the Tenth of September…

Chester to Vidal; Apologize or Face Legal Action

Source: Channel 5 Belize Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal has been served with a letter from attorney Andrew Marshalleck on behalf of Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams for alleged slanderous comments made during a press brief on Tuesday.  In that interview, the Regional Commander of Eastern Division South insinuated that his predecessor basically gave…

Faber Warns: Don’t Drag Out Senate Inquiry

Source: Channel 5 Belize Funding for the ongoing senate inquiry into findings contained within the Auditor General’s Special Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department comes to an end in November.  That follows an announcement by government that it will not expend any additional resources for the investigation.  While members of the Senate Special…

John Briceño Accuses Government of Hypocrisy over Allocations

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Prime Minister’s decision to stop allocations of funding to the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration past November appears to be final. But not if the social partners and opposition, who have been active in questioning witnesses, have any say about it. In addition to condemning the Prime Minister’s…

Still No Word from P.M. on Land Reforms

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two weeks ago Opposition Leader John Briceño wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the wake of the Amy Forte/Darlene Padron argument over the deed of conveyance for land on Caye Caulker allegedly swapped with Andre Vega, who turned it into private land on Mosquito Caye with help from his dad…

Cases of “Pink Eye” on the rise

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Cases of Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye” are on the rise, the Ministry of Health has warned. The Ministry reports that the eye infection is prevalent in the northern and central portions of the country. Conjunctivitis causes irritation and reddening of the eyes, which…

Integrity Commission reminds parliamentarians to declare assets

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Integrity Commission of Belize has reminded people in public life, primarily parliamentarians, of their duty to declare their financial assets for the year 2016. This is in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Commission also reminded…

Who Killed Dean Bennett in Cayo?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The body of a John Doe retrieved from the Macal River on Tuesday has now been identified as twenty-year-old Dean Bennett.  Bennett was last seen alive on Sunday night in the area of Hode’s in San Ignacio. His mother was watching the news on this station on Wednesday night when…

More Land Shenanigans, This Time Sea-Front Land in Gales Point

Source: Channel 5 Belize News Five has received further information of land grabbing, allegedly by members of the Vega family and their supporters. This time, it concerns lands on the coast in the village of Gales Point Manatee. A survey map authenticated by surveyor H.A. Fairweather and assistant Dean Williams shows eleven parcels in…

Belize celebrates 36 years of Independence

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Today Belizeans celebrate our 36th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain. The road to Independence started from the first meeting in 1950, among a group of men, including Leigh Richardson and former Prime Minister, George Price, who felt that the time had come for Belize…

Death toll climbs to over 200 in Mexico quake

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The death toll in the earthquake near Mexico City on Tuesday has climbed to 230, with people still reported missing. At least 38 buildings collapsed in the capital alone, including a 4-storey school building, where 21 children and four adults died. The students and teachers…

Briceno talks PetroCaribe

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor For the foreseeable months, Belize’s fuel supply will not be coming from Venezuela and this change has already seen the price of fuel increase over the past few weeks. The change came when ALBA Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) announced last week that it was…

Taiwan gives to September celebrations

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Belize’s September celebrations usually receives a boost every year from our Taiwanese friends and 2017 is not different. On Friday, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu, handed over a cheque for $100,000 to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber as Chairperson of the September Celebrations Commission.…

Fire destroys house at Mahogany Heights

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A fire destroyed a house at Mahogany Heights on Tuesday Police sah they responded to a report of the fire on Back Street shortly after midday on Tuesday and saw an unoccupied bungalow plycem house measuring 30′ by 30′ engulfed in flames. Fire fighters extinguished…

“John Doe” Surfaces Near New Bridge over Macal River

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is a second murder in less than forty-eight hours to report in the west. On September tenth, Jose Sibrian was stabbed to death following a confrontation at a bar.  Police are now investigating the murder of a man whose body was found floating in the river. Sometime after two…

Hispanic Man Sought in Buena Vista Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize The first murder victim in the west for this month lost his life on the tenth. Police are yet to crack that case in the murder of Jose Sibrian, a Salvadoran national and his attacker, who is known to be a Guatemalan national.   ASP Daniel Iche, Acting O.C., San…

Southside Boss Clams Up over Lawsuit Threat

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marco Vidal We caught up with Senior Superintendent Vidal this evening during a Meet and Greet event on Curassow Street in Belize City and asked for a response to Williams’ Facebook post and the threat of a lawsuit.  He kept his responses rather short; suffice it to say that he…

Huge bust by Fisheries Department

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter Over the weekend a joint raid between the Belize Fisheries Department and the Belize Audubon Society at various fishing camps on the Lighthouse Reef Cayes yielded a sizeable amount of conch. More than 1,500 pounds of out-of-season conch, found hidden in several containers. Hampton Gamboa,…

Sharon Fraser appointed Chief Magistrate

Source: The Reporter By Anita Nembhard Freelance Reporter The Judicial and Legal Services Commission has appointed Ms. Sharon Frazer to be the new Chief Magistrate to succeed retiring Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith. The appointment takes place with effect from September 1. Chief Magistrate Fraser is a veteran public Officer who entered the…

Coordinator Zenaida Moya Sticks to Guns

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the aftermath of Sunday morning’s national embarrassment, and indeed even before, social media has been blowing up with recriminations between members of the judging panel and other observers.  Persistent reports to News Five indicate that there is bad blood between several district committees overseeing regional pageants and national coordinator…

Boiton Wants Zenaida Out; ex-Mayor Says No

Source: Channel 5 Belize The icing on the cake on Sunday was an announcement of a letter from Emma Boiton, long-time pageant coordinator, who effectively terminated Moya’s tenure as coordinator under the authority of the Loyal and Patriotic Order of the Baymen. Boiton ordered Moya to turn over all relevant material and correspondence for…

Zenaida & Patrick Clash over Right to Name Queen

Source: Channel 5 Belize Zenaida Moya Earlier you heard the members of the National Committee’s comments regarding their meeting with Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Patrick Faber on Saturday. Faber has confirmed to News Five that he has been in touch with his attorneys concerning Zenaida Moya’s comments on Monday morning’s LOVE…

Stann Creek Committee Says Pageant was Unfairly Re-Judged

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Saturday afternoon, the Stann Creek District Queen of the Bay Committee held a press conference in Belize City at the Biltmore Plaza. The Committee felt, at least at that time, hard done by with the handling of the apparent change in results against their candidate. District Coordinator Sherima Usher-Guity,…

NICH Makes Public Apology

Source: Channel 5 Belize Now…at news time, the National Celebrations Commission issued a statement apologizing to the various dignitaries present on Sunday, both Esmeralda Cal and Aaliyah Ysaguirre and the people of Belize for what it calls “the unfortunate events” that took place at the official ceremony. It states that only two members of…

Witness in High Profile Murder in Orange Walk is Slain

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is a troubling murder to report tonight; a witness in the murder of Daniel Sosa was killed execution style in Orange Walk. Full disclosure in the case against highly connected Hilmar Alamilla accused with the Sosa murder, was scheduled for September fifth. But on Sunday morning, Gustavo Hernandez, who…

Police Say Link to Daniel Sosa Murder is Not Only Angle in Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize While we were unable gather officially from police the motive for this latest homicide, the Officer Commanding Orange Walk Police, Superintendent David Chi acknowledges that the murder of a key witness is an angle that the investigators are looking into. Here’s that back and forth with the media.   Supt.…

Murder Accused Targeted Among 6 Shot in Cinderella Plaza

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police presence was heavy at major events over the weekend, but that did not avert any violence. Not for Akeem Augustine who was set free of a murder charge on Friday. By Saturday morning, following the popular J’ouvert, Augustine was targeted. He was among the revelers in the area of…

Expo Belize Market Place winds down

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter The 2017 edition of the Expo Belize Marketplace is winding down at the IT Vet compound on Freetown Road in Belize City. The two-day event is labelled as one of the largest consumer trade shows in the country that offers visitors deals, services and promotions…

BDF bomb experts and police investigate explosion in San Pedro

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Bomb experts from the Belize Defence Force are currently in San Pedro town investigating an explosion which occured last night. Initial investigations reveal that at around 8:00 p.m., Saturday night, an explosion occurred at the residence of Amancia Martinez, 39, in the San Mateo area…

One person shot in Collet

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police are looking for a suspect after a youth was reportedly shot at around 8:00 tonight in the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City. Residents heard two sets of gunshots – the first of about six shots – followed by a second round of…

Mexico celebrates 207 years of independence

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Independence day celebrations and festivities took place today in Mexico, as the country celebrated it’s 207th anniversary of independence. The official Mexican Independence Day is observed annually on September 16th, and is celebrated with official ceremonies, fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and concerts, among other activities.…

Belize City buisnessman shoots manager dead, then himself

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A well-known Belize City buisnessman is dead after he allegedly shot and killed his female employee and then turned the gun on himself. Robert Godfrey, the owner of AAA Security company on the Philip Goldson Highway, reportedly shot and killed his company manager, Delsie Smith,…

Belize listed by US president as major drug transit country

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Belize as well as several Caribbean and Central American countries have been listed by the President of the United States as a Major drug transit or Major illicit drug-producing country for the 2018 fiscial year. President Donald Trump made the indication earlier this week via…

Elderly woman found dead near dump site in San Pedro

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A search conducted near the old San Pedro dumpsite on Thursday evening resulted in the discovery of the badly decomposed body of an elderly woman who was reported missing. The body of Mrs Julia Martinez was recovered by a search party maze up of members…

Zenaida outshadows Queen of the Bay

Source: The Reporter By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter Queen of the Bay designate Aaliyah Ysaguirre was crowned the 72nd Queen of the Bay at the annual St. George’s Caye Day ceremonies at Memorial Park on Sunday morning, September 10. Her coronation effectively quashed the unprecedented storm of controversy sparked when Queen of the…

Key witness in high profile murder trial executed

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers Satff Reporter Gustavo Hernandez, a key witness in the July murder of Daniel Sosa, was gunned down over the September celebrations weekend. Hernandez, one of two people who were in the vehicle along with Sosa on the night he was killed, got shot around 5:15 a.m. on…

KHMH’s triplets showered with gifts from corporate sponsors

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter A Belize City resident and first time mother who birthed triplets last week was showered with gifts and donations during a small handing over ceremony at the Karl Heusner Memoral Hospital (KHMH) on Wednesday. The KHMH staff, after realizing that the family was in need…

Irma causes multil-billion-dollar damage in Caribbean

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The islands devastated in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma could be facing a whopping US$10 billion-plus repair bill. Disaster risk experts from the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) in Germany have reported that Irma has caused more than US$10 billion in…

8.0 magnitude earthquake offshore Mexico rocks Belize

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 7, 2017–Belizeans from Corozal and San Pedro all the way down to the southern parts of the country reported tonight that they felt the shaking caused for several minutes by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake which happened […] Link: 8.0 magnitude earthquake offshore Mexico rocks Belize

Mauling Marisol!!

Source: Amandala News TOWER HILL, Orange Walk District, Thurs. Sept. 7, 2017–Belizeans across the length and breadth of the nation were stunned after they heard of, or saw the shocking display of excessive police force pointedly used on KREM Radio/TV’s stellar news editor, […] Link: Mauling Marisol!!

WW Albert Street Criterium 2017 results

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 4, 2017–Here are the results from the September Criterium races held yesterday, Sunday, September 3, on the Albert & Regent Street circuits. Races started at 1:00 p.m. Categories included Weekend Warriors (WW) “C”, “B” and “A,” […] Link: WW Albert Street Criterium 2017 results

Cops vent on social media; one is reprimanded by bosses

Source: Channel 5 Belize The unfortunate incident on Wednesday during which reporter Marisol Amaya was physically assaulted by members of the Special Patrol Unit on the Tower Hill Bridge in Orange Walk, remains a trending topic in the social media realm.  The wanton tear-gassing and beat down of journalists during the uproar has seen…

Orange Walkeños to have final say over return of Gapi Vega

Source: Channel 5 Belize The news according to Orange Walk North area representative Gaspar Vega that he is considering running for another term put a cat among the pigeons in the United Democratic Party’s plans. The Opposition People’s United Party is salivating at the prospect, but not so fast. While Vega can run even…

Embattled rep has no answers for land scam

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gaspar Vega The Orange Walk North area representative made his first televised interview in several months during Wednesday’s protests, but was careful to skirt the issue of activities at the Ministry of Natural Resources. As we have reported, he appeared to balance whatever irregularities have been observed in the scads…

Police plan review of yet another Tower Hill incident

Source: Channel 5 Belize The police department says it has commenced an investigation into the tear-gassing of protestors and the roughing up of Marisol Amaya at the hands of the Special Patrol Unit.  According to Acting Commissioner of Police Noel Leal, a complete review of the sequence of events, as well as the persons…

Organizations roundly condemn police for Amaya assault

Source: Channel 5 Belize Condemnation of Wednesday’s events has come in fast and furious from several organizations. We lead with the statement issued this evening by KREM Radio in support of assaulted journalist Marisol Amaya, which it calls “totally unwarranted and indicative of the violence experienced by women on a daily basis inBelize.”  General…

Ombudsman asked to intervene

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lionel Arzu Ombudsman of Belize Lionel Arzu has been asked to intervene to publicly condemn the behavior of the police in respect of several recent incidents involving members of the Opposition and the press, most recently the attack on the Tower Hill Bridge, by Belizean Doctor Gerald Zuniga.  Doctor Zuniga…

Aragon neutral; says O.W. North will decide on Gaspar Vega

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Wednesday, during the rapture of public support from his constituents, Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega stated that he would contest his seat in the House of Representatives should there not be a suitable replacement by 2020.  It’s a bold declaration that may not be supported by the…

Opposition protest becomes chaotic riot at Tower Hill

Source: Channel 5 Belize A protest proceeded as planned in Orange Walk today.  But what started as a peaceful march against the “hot bed of corruption’’ at the Ministry of Lands escalated into a violent riot at the Tower Hill Bridge.  We start our coverage of today’s events with the tear gassing of Belizeans,…

P.U.P., U.D.P. lock horns in Sugar City

Source: Channel 5 Belize But before the police would descend on the protestors, by nine this morning, thousands gathered along the San Lorenzo Road where the march kicked off.  Their call was for the resignation of Area Rep Gaspar Vega who presided over large scale land grab benefitting his family and friends.  But not…

Embattled Gapi Vega speaks, basks in supporters’ love

Source: Channel 5 Belize As we’ve mentioned, beleaguered Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega was met by a group of supporters outside of his residence this morning.  While those numbers paled in comparison to what his political opponent was able to draw, Vega says he’s satisfied with the show of support.   Gaspar…

Ex-Lands Minister says he helped many get land too

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gaspar Vega Vega, during a brief interview with the media, also attempted to explain the situation at the Lands Department while he was in office and the many efforts he purportedly made to encourage Belizeans to purchase and own properties across the country.   Gaspar Vega, Area Representative, Orange Walk…

Will law group’s opinion count?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Priscilla Banner There are reports to News Five that members of the social partners are likely to raise objections based on the position of the Bar. The Opposition Leader John Briceño is by law the sole person to whom the Prime Minister must consult for his opinion before recommending the…

Bar president points to landmark C.C.J. decision on tenure

Source: Channel 5 Belize Priscilla Banner Banner referred us to the Bar’s case against the Government decided in their favor earlier this year in the Caribbean Court of Justice concerning tenure of judges and also setting out guidelines for appointment.  She also noted that a specific body in the Caribbean appoints C.C.J. judges and…

Man dies from shooting in North San Pedro

Source: Channel 5 Belize A shooting overnight on the north end of Ambergris Caye turned murder today after police discovered the body of thirty-six-year-old Rudolph Eric Pitts. Just before nine p.m. on Tuesday, twenty-two-year-old Edgar Rene Lopez was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, left arm and…

‘No money no deh,’ P.M. tells Senate Committee

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Senate Special Select Committee resumed public hearings this afternoon and we will have details of the testimony of Director of Immigration Diana Locke shortly. But first, the Government of Belize has sent its strongest signal yet that it wants an early end to the Committee’s deliberations, targeting their finances.…

Editorial

Source: The Reporter The Social Security Board announced this week that it is running out of money! It is losing money at the rate of a million dol- lars a month more or less. ! About half of this million is going to pay a pension to people who have retired and are…

Pump prices to spike soon due to Hurricane Harvey

Source: Amandala News Catastrophe sent US pump prices to 2-year high – how high will they go in Belize? BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 4, 2017–Hurricane Harvey’s shutdown of oil refineries in the Texas area—responsible for about 25% of all crude oil in the […] Link: Pump prices to spike soon due to Hurricane

Spectators teargassed at Military/Police Tattoo

Source: Amandala News What should have been a harmless smoke grenade was actually a tear gas grenade BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 4, 2017–Police holding a military and police tattoo on Friday night, September 1, at the Marion Jones Stadium, fired smoke grenades to […] Link: Spectators teargassed at Military/Police Tattoo

Seismic explosive device found on Vernon Street

Source: Amandala News General David Jones said that the device’s range of impact could extend as far as 400 feet BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sep. 4, 2017–A seismic explosive device, capable of destroying life within a radius of 50 feet from where it is […] Link: Seismic explosive device found on Vernon Street

Belize imports 20 times its exports to Guatemala

Source: Amandala News Construction cement and mineral and chemical fertilizers are among top imports from Guatemala BELIZE CITY, Fri. Sept. 1, 2017–Despite the ongoing territorial differendum between the two countries, Belize and Guatemala continue to engage in robust trade in over 1,500 commodities; […] Link: Belize imports 20 times its exports to Guatemala

Two more accused murderers committed to Supreme Court for trial

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 4, 2017–Two separate preliminary inquiries were conducted by Acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, for two men charged with separate murders in the Belize District. The first preliminary inquiry was for Patrick Harris, 19, who was charged […] Link: Two more accused murderers committed to Supreme Court

Police investigate murder and other crimes

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police are investigating a number of violent crimes that occurred over the extended 10th weekend across the country. Just before 9:00 on Sunday night, police were called out to Buena Vista village, Cayo where they found the body of Jose Ulyses Sibrian, 22, a Salvadoran…

Witness in Daniel Sosa murder killed

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Police have confirmed that Gustavo Hernandez, the witness in the murder of Daniel Sosa, was shot dead over the weekend. Police say that they found Hernandez, 22, with a gunshot wound in his head at around 5:30 Sunday morning on the San Antonio Road, Orange…

Police shoot machete-wielding man

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Police say they were forced to shoot a man in the leg this weekend after he allegedly accosted them with a machete. According to police, officers responded to a call about a chopping incident near Mile 25 on the Hummingbird Highway. They say that upon…

O.W. Sees Protests Wednesday over Gaspar Vega Land Issue

Source: Channel 5 Belize The battleground over the continuing scandal in the Ministry of Natural Resources shifts north to Orange Walk Town. On Wednesday, the Opposition People’s United Party, led by its Northern Caucus and Orange Walk North executive committee, is assembling constituents at nine to protest the behaviour of area representative and former…

Is A.G. Too Intimidating for Amy Forte?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Amy Forte The People’s United Party last Wednesday threw its unquestioned support behind Belmopan resident Amy Forte, who directly wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow to clear her name concerning the allegation of a deed of conveyance transferred in her name for beachfront land on Caye Caulker to Andre Vega. Vega…

Opposition Keeps Up Pressure on Land Scandals

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to the Opposition Leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has not responded to his letter last Friday that outlined his demands with regard to the land issue. But that does not mean that the pressure is off, or that the P.U.P. is willing to give up. John Briceño told News…

John Briceño on ‘Get Mi Rich’ Scheme

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño On Monday’s newscast, we questioned why Andre Vega would be compensated with public land on a private caye in the extreme north of Belize for privately-owned land in which a transaction did not go through on Caye Caulker. It has not been established how Vega approached the Ministry…

JP Darlene Padron Insists that Amy Forte Signed Documents

Source: Channel 5 Belize Amy Forte Did purported titleholder Amy Forte lie to Prime Minister Barrow and the media about the fraudulent use of her signature in the latest Andre Vega land scandal?  And how would she benefit from being untruthful? It’s a fluid situation that has many baffled, including Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte…

Who to Believe? A.G. Says Padron’s Job on the Line

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michael Peyrefitte While the Attorney General has very little to work with in order to investigate the nature of the reported transaction, he also says that it does not appear to be a conflict of interest for Padron, who at the time worked in the Lands Department and who Andre…

Why Was Andre Vega Compensated with Mosquito Caye Land?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since this story broke last Tuesday with Amy Forte’s letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, there has been one largely unanswered question: why would the Ministry of Natural Resources, under then Minister Gaspar Vega, facilitate Andre Vega with compensation for land he thought he had acquired privately? And why would…

More Shenanigans in Carmelita; Land Sold Before it was Acquired

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are more documents from the Ministry of Natural Resources coming out tonight, concerning parcels of land in the village of Carmelita in Orange Walk District. As revealed last November in the House of Representatives, German Vega and Sons Imports Limited acquired up to one thousand seven hundred acres of…

Irma slams into southwestern Florida

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Hurricane Irma slammed Marco Island off Florida’s west coast today, with winds of up to 120mph but has since been downgraded to a category 2 storm. More than 2.5 million homes in Florida are without power, and parts of the city of Miami are under…

Two crowns, one queen!

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Two women were crowned Queen of the Bay (QOB) today at the launch of the September Celebrations, but only Ms Dangriga, Aaliyah Ysaguirre will be recognized as the official queen. During the coronation of Ms Ysaguirre this morning at the Memorial Park, National QOB Committee…

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