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June 22, 2018

Belize

Police Launch Internal and Criminal Probe into Fatal Beat Down

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Police, meanwhile, say that after one a.m. they responded to reports that a man had chopped three persons in Silk Grass Village on the Southern Highway. The chopping victims had been rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital while police searched for their alleged attacker, Salvadoran national, thirty-year-old Rene…

Orel Leslie, et al. Back in Court for Murder Retrial

Source: Channel 5 Belize The main witnesses in the murder retrial of three men, accused with the murder of B.D.F. soldier James Norales, testified today before Justice Colin Williams. He is Aron Paquiul, a cousin of Norales. The accused are Tyrone Meighan, Orel Leslie and Brandon Baptist. Paquiul avoided looking at the accused men…

2 Motorists Perish in Road Traffic Accident on Placencia Road

Source: Channel 5 Belize Edwin Rene Montoya Since the beginning of the week, three persons have lost their lives in separate traffic accidents in southern Belize. On Tuesday morning, sixty-nine-year-old Selvin Bahadur was knocked off his bicycle on San Antonio Road in Punta Gorda by a pickup truck, driven at the time by Corporal…

Two motorcyclists on separate bikes crash into truck and die

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two men driving separate motorcycles, reportedly died on Wednesday night when they crashed into a truck that was parked on the road. The incident happened in Placencia village and the truck was said to have not had on any light to indicate its presence on…

Belize International Services Limited Appeals Decision of the Supreme Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize This morning before the Court of Appeal, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay concluded submissions in an appeal challenging a decision handed down by Justice Michelle Arana, in respect of government’s compulsory acquisition of IMMARBE and the International Business Companies Registry in 2013. Both entities fell under the proprietorship of Belize International…

BISL Wants Millions in Damages for IMMARBE and IBC Registry

Source: Channel 5 Belize While he would not disclose the figure that BISL is seeking in damages, Courtenay says that the arguments before the appellate jurisdiction are quite technical and that the case can go either way.   Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for BISL “It was a significant amount.”   Reporter “Several millions?”   Eamon…

G.O.B. says BISL was in Contravention of the Constitution

Source: Channel 5 Belize Notwithstanding the case put forward by BISL, government maintains that the company was in contravention of Section 114 of the constitution which speaks to public monies being deposited into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.  On adjournment, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke explained G.O.B.’s position.   Nigel Hawke, Solicitor General “Our position fundamentally…

DK Supermarket Rum Thief Gets Lucky

Source: Channel 5 Belize Robert Flores Accused rum thief Robert Flores is lucky to have escaped criminal charges after being caught red-handed stealing a bottle of Hennessey from DK Supermarket on Tuesday afternoon.  Footage of the manhunt, as well as Flores’ subsequent capture by employees and the police, aired exclusively on News Five, has…

Manuel Pacheco, 56, jeweler, remanded for murder

Source: Amandala News He is accused of fatally shooting Jose Villanueva, 50 BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 18, 2018– This morning, Manuel Pacheco, a jeweler and resident of 5 Cockburn Lane, walked out of the Magistrate’s Court holding cell covering his face as he […] Link: Manuel Pacheco, 56, jeweler, remanded for murder

Lightning kills Mennonite Jacob Weibe, 22

Source: Amandala News SHIPYARD, Orange Walk District, Sun. June 17, 2018– At about 10:30 Saturday morning, a freak accident resulted in the death of Jacob Weibe, 22, a Mennonite laborer of Shipyard. Weibe was struck by a lightning bolt while mending a fence […] Link: Lightning kills Mennonite Jacob Weibe, 22

Fire on Freedom Street destroys home

Source: Amandala News 6 persons now homeless BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 18, 2018– Last week, reports that a fire had killed a woman and three children in San Pedro shook the Belizean community. It had definitely been one of the most horrific fires […] Link: Fire on Freedom Street destroys home

PM Barrow Addresses Increases in Fuel Prices

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two weeks ago, in a press release G.O.B. promised that the prohibitively high fuel prices would go down at the next shipment. Well, that has shipment arrived. But over the weekend, the price of regular went down by thirty three cents per gallon, and today the price of premium went…

6-Year-Old Shot Death; Was the Shooting Self-Inflicted?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Daisy Acevedo There is grim news from the island of San Pedro where residents are still recovering from a deadly fire last week.  A six-year old girl was killed at her house this morning in the DFC area of the island. The young child, Daisy Acevedo, was shot on the…

Jeweller Manuel Pacheco is Arraigned for Murder of his Neighbor

Source: Channel 5 Belize Manuel Pacheco Fifty-six-year-old jeweller Manuel Pacheco, a resident of Cockburn Lane, Belize City, appeared in court today for arraignment. Pacheco, whose business is located on East Collet Canal near to Pound Yard Bridge, is accused with the murder of fifty-year-old Jose Manuel Villanueva.  He appeared before the Chief Magistrate Sharon…

Police Say Surveillance Evidence Secured Murder Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police, however, contend that there is sufficient evidence to charge Pacheco, despite reports that he was defending himself and property following an altercation with Villanueva over a dog. At the weekly press brief today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett said they are relying on surveillance footage to assist in…

San Narciso Businessman Kidnapped

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Corozal police are investigating what appears to be a kidnapping in San Narciso Village.  Forty-three-year-old Homero Campos remains missing tonight, following an ominous phone call made to his family on Father’s Day.  The businessman had set out from his home en route to his farm when he was…

PC Mitchell Cobb Found Dead Behind Corozal Police Station

Source: Channel 5 Belize By all accounts, the passing away of a police officer found unresponsive outside of the Corozal Police Station, appears to be of natural causes.  On Sunday night, while his colleagues were making their rounds on the compound, they happened upon the motionless body of Police Constable Mitchell Cobb.  Despite all…

Fuel Prices Increasing Yet Again

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are back to back changes to fuel prices announced within days of each other. The latest is a slight increase in the price of premium which goes from eleven dollars and sixty-seven cents to eleven dollars and seventy-one cents per gallon. That takes effect at midnight.  After a number…

Illegal Activities Continue within Columbia Forest Reserve

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since sounding an alarm several weeks ago that Guatemalan farmers have been encroaching on land surrounding Otoxha Village in the Toledo District, the Belize Defense Force has been deployed to the area.  But tonight, there is information that illegal activities continue to take place within the Columbia Forest Reserve at…

B.P.P. Included in Re-registration Process

Source: Channel 5 Belize A seat at the table is what the Belize Progressive Party has been clamoring for, in respect of the upcoming, countrywide re-registration exercise.  That call has been heeded by the Elections and Boundaries Department which has since included the B.P.P. in all meetings related to the pending process.  This morning…

BISL Versus G.O.B. before Court of Appeal

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Court of Appeal today heard an appeal brought by Belize International Services Limited against the government.  This follows a win by the government in October 2016, three years after the June 2013 compulsory acquisition of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize and the International Business Companies Registry.  At…

Child reportedly shot dead in San Pedro!

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The police have confirmed that a child is dead following a shooting in San Pedro town this morning. The child, police say, is a six year-old girl. Other reports reaching the Reporter is that the child was shot by another child. We are awaiting the…

PUP’s Paul Thompson new Albert division standard bearer

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland People’s United Party (PUP) senator Paul Thompson is the party’s new standard bearer for the Albert constituency, following the results of a convention held today at the Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) compound in Belize city. Thompson received 576 votes and his opponent, fellow senator Valerie Woods received…

Depositors asking court to close down Choice Bank

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 14, 2018– On Thursday, June 7, the Central Bank of Belize issued a press release announcing that it had placed the international offshore bank, Choice Bank Limited, under enhanced supervision due to the bank’s liquidity problems. […] Link: Depositors asking court to close down Choice Bank

Businessman kills his next-door businessman neighbor

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 14, 2018– The evening rush hour was still underway, shortly before 6:00 p.m., when gunfire erupted on Collet Canal. When the gunfire stopped, the lives of two middle-aged businessmen were destroyed forever. One man lay dead […] Link: Businessman kills his next-door businessman neighbor

News Five Treks to South Cebada in the Chiquibul Forest

Source: Channel 5 Belize South Cebada is one of the most remote areas of the Chiquibul National Park. While it is deep inside the protected area and difficult to reach, it is also located about one point five kilometers from the border with Guatemala. That makes it an open ground for illegal activity perpetuated…

Hugo Patt Speaks on Taking over the Ministry of Natural Resources

Source: Channel 5 Belize His promotion to the second most powerful government ministry is still making headlines, but since the announcement that on June twenty-fifth, he will become the new Minister of Natural Resources, Hugo Patt today gave his first impression as to the way forward in the ministry. According to him, a number…

Was Carla Barnett Pushed Out of Lands?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The announcement on Tuesday that Senator Carla Barnett was leaving the Ministry of Natural Resources took a lot of people by surprise because it is well known that the senator was highly rated to clean up the ‘hot bed of corruption. So what went down? The official line is that…

G.O.B. Rejects Santander’s Request to Sell Sugar Locally

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is sweet news for cane farmers who strongly fought against the Spanish multinational, Santander, for introducing white sugar into the local market. Tonight, there is a decision in respect of a request by Santander to sell some five thousand tons of white sugar and two thousand tons of molasses…

World Cup 2018 Russia Group Phase Week 1 schedule

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 11, 2018– World Cup 2018 Russia kicks off on Thursday, June 14, with grand opening ceremonies followed by the opening game featuring host team Russia vs Saudi Arabia in Group A. Group Phase Week 1 schedule […] Link: World Cup 2018 Russia Group Phase Week 1

Malik Humes, 21, remanded for aggravated assault and theft

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 11, 2018– A Belize City resident has been arraigned for aggravated assault and theft for an incident that occurred in Ladyville around 10:05 p.m. on Friday, June 8. He is Malik Humes, 21, a construction worker […] Link: Malik Humes, 21, remanded for aggravated assault and

4 life sentences for Belizean Brian Hyde, 22

Source: Amandala News The trial for his killing spree in Lehigh Acres, Florida, lasted 5 days BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 11, 2018– Brian Omar Hyde, 22, who is a Belizean originally from the Cayo District, was sentenced to four life sentences by a […] Link: 4 life sentences for Belizean Brian Hyde, 22

2 students top PSE 2018

Source: Amandala News BELIZE, Mon. June 11, 2018– Every year in March and May, standard six students all over the country sit the Primary School Exams (PSE). This year, March 19, the first portion of the exams, which consisted of an English component […] Link: 2 students top PSE 2018

Assistance Pouring in for Survivors

Source: Channel 5 Belize The response to the devastating fire has been fast as residents come together at this difficult time. The Town Council, Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch and NEMO have all teamed up to assist the surviving fire victims. Four persons were killed, two injured and six others displaced when the…

Cabinet Reshuffles: Hugo Supplants Carla at Lands

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dr. Carla Barnett & Hugo Patt For the fourth time in less than two years, the all-powerful Ministry of Natural Resources has a new leader. At the start of today’s Cabinet meeting in Belmopan, Prime Minister Dean Barrow broke the news that Corozal North area representative, Hugo Patt, was moving…

P.U.P. Believes There’s More to the Story

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Opposition People’s United Party, like the rest of the nation, says it wants answers as to why Doctor Barnett is “being demoted,” in favour of “relatively junior” Hugo Patt.  In a release this evening, the P.U.P. reminded that according to Prime Minister Barrow, Barnett, a former Financial Secretary and…

Death Visited Philmore King at Residence in Hattieville

Source: Channel 5 Belize Philmore King A Hattieville man was executed at his house in the village over the weekend. Before eight o’clock on Saturday morning, twenty-six-year-old Philmore King was shot to the back of his head by a person he was chatting with on the verandah of his house. But is his murder…

1 Held for Brazen Home Invasion, Shooting of Eugene Henderson Jr.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eugene Henderson Jr. A third shooting on Saturday involved twenty-three-year-old Eugene Henderson Junior who has been transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The Burrell Boom resident was in Roaring Creek with family members preparing for a service for a missing relative. Henderson Junior was sleeping on a sofa when…

Di Creole Wagans Latest Target of Thieves

Source: Channel 5 Belize There has been a surge in dangerous daylight robberies of various stores in the downtown area of the City. In the past two weeks, Hofius, Nacho World, and M and L Collections were hit by armed thieves who remain on the loose. Police have put more on boots on the…

¼ Million Dollars for Brenae Timmons, Victim of Iron Gate

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brenae Timmons, now five years old, was crushed by a heavy iron gate on the compound of the Pickstock Development Association, steps away from the Lake Independence Public Library where her father Bernard Timmons works as a librarian.  On January twenty-ninth, 2016, she had been playing outside with another child…

Over-40 Football Tops Sports Monday

Source: Channel 5 Belize Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities….] Link: Over-40 Football Tops Sports Monday

BTL’s failed attempt at damage control

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 7, 2018– The news that Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), a telecommunications company that the government nationalized and “enshrined in the Constitution of Belize,” had implemented an unannounced advertising boycott of the three KREMANDALA companies — KREM […] Link: BTL’s failed attempt at damage control

A little about Venezuela

Source: Amandala News I want it understood, that I understand that any country south of the Rio Grande that doesn’t kowtow to the American (US) lead is doomed to experience economic hardship. No, following the American lead is not a complete failure in […] Link: A little about Venezuela

Mark Seawell, 48, sues GOB for false imprisonment

Source: Amandala News He was imprisoned for 2,376 days on a US extradition request BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 7, 2018– An unusual lawsuit for false imprisonment has been filed at the Supreme Court Registry by Belizean Mark Seawell, who was the subject of […] Link: Mark Seawell, 48, sues GOB for false imprisonment

City’s Haley Thurton, O.W.’s Ricardo Umana Joint-Top of P.S.E.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hummingbird Elementary of Belize City has consistently produced top scorers at the P.S.E.; but this year, students at the private primary school, over performed clinching five of the top ten spots of the exams, including the number one student, Haley Thurton who tied with Rolando Umana of La Inmaculada School…

Exam Chief’s Tough Talk: “We are Failing our Children”

Source: Channel 5 Belize But while the joy of the top twenty-five and other high scorers is unconfined, the overall picture of the results remains under par. The mean score for English dipped two points, from fifty-seven to fifty-five percent; Math went up slightly, from fifty-one point nine percent to fifty-two point six percent;…

Garifuna Collective Represent Belize at WOMEX Celebration

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Garifuna Collective is making a huge comeback at WOMEX, that’s the World’s Music Expo held in Spain. Back in 2007, Andy Palacio won the prestigious award.  Well this year, the Collective presented new music and cultural rhythms and has been selected to perform at the WOMEX Showcase to be…

Wilser Echevarria Guilty of Manslaughter in Death of Diplomat

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilser Echevarria A Belmopan resident has been convicted of the sensational death of sixty-four-year-old Panamanian diplomat Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford. But the verdict issued this afternoon by Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore stipulated that twenty-three-year-old Wilser Echevarria is guilty of manslaughter and not murder. In November of 2013,…

Shoman Stays Out of Referendum Campaign

Source: Channel 5 Belize Assad Shoman According to Shoman, he hopes his book will be widely disseminated through traditional and modern means. But as to his personal involvement in the public education campaign, which had been publicly bruited by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in 2014, Shoman says he will be staying on the sidelines…

Belizeans to Russia for Football and Friendship

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two young ballers are on their way to Russia tonight to participate in an international programme organized by FIFA. It is called Football for Friendship and brings children from all over the world to celebrate peace and the need for respect for different cultures. News Five’s Duane Moody caught up…

Healthy Living Prepares for International Day of Yoga

Source: Channel 5 Belize The number of people that practice yoga is growing. For some it relieves stress, others used it for mediation purposes and many more use it as a way to stay fit. International Yoga Day is just around the corner as a global awareness day instituted by the United Nations since…

Hugo Patt for U.D.P. Leader and P.M.?

Source: Channel 5 Belize He served as Acting Prime Minister twice in the first half of April while Prime Minister Dean Barrow was out on medical leave. But could Minister of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development and Corozal North area representative Hugo Patt be seeking the job for real – as the next…

Change of Heart over Border Fence in the West

Source: Channel 5 Belize The start of construction of a perimeter fence by the Belize Defence Force at the western border triggered an uproar by taxi drivers from Guatemala who claimed they were being put out of the area. The B.D.F. maintained that the fence was being built to provide security and to ease…

Otoxha Villagers Ask Alcaldes to Ask B.D.F. to Help Clear Border

Source: Channel 5 Belize There have been increasing reports of incursions into Belizean territory by Guatemalan farmers, loggers and poachers along both the western and southern borders. In the case of the west, Friends for Conservation and Development have attributed the occurrence to the influence of rogue leaders seeking to take advantage of the…

Chairman of Otoxha Says Why Wait to Clear Border?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The villagers say they are concerned about not being able to defend themselves from possible attacks, although they have made it clear that the Guatemalans are not welcome to farm in the area. PGTV’s Wil Maheia, who is also leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, is offering his assistance. Village…

Belizean Caught in Drug Trafficking Scheme by D.E.A.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fiorman Erick Gillett Forty-eight-year-old Fiorman Erick Gillett, a Belizean based in Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth. Gillett, also known as “B,” was being looked at by the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. in February of…

Shortage of medication for mentally ill patients

Source: Amandala News CAYO DISTRICT, Mon. June 4, 2018– Back in 2015, we reported on a shortage of the medication Risperdal, which is used to treat some mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In that article, we had said that the […] Link: Shortage of medication for mentally ill patients

Woman, 28, knocked down while jogging: critical at KHMH

Source: Amandala News BULLET TREE ROAD, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Mon. June 4, 2018– Ansella Rodriguez, 28, a domestic worker, is presently admitted in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after a vehicle knocked […] Link: Woman, 28, knocked down while jogging: critical at

BTL declares war on KREMANDALA!

Source: Amandala News “Since 1969, we have remained standing with the support of the people,” said Evan “Mose” Hyde BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 4, 2018– Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), one of the biggest advertisers in the country, has not been doing any advertising […] Link: BTL declares war on KREMANDALA!

Robbers Stopped at M&L Collections on “The Alberts”…

Source: Channel 5 Belize Businesses along Albert Street have become the target of thieves in recent days, despite a noticeable police presence in the downtown area of Belize City.  Last Thursday, we reported on a pair of armed robberies during which the culprits made off with cash from the proceeds of the day’s sales. …

Spoonaz Café on North Front Hit Overnight by Armed Thieves

Source: Channel 5 Belize While the robbery at M and L Collections failed, on Monday night, well-known businessman Jeremy Spooner, better known as ‘Spoonaz,’ was the victim of an armed robbery. He was inside his business Spoonaz Photo Café on North Front Street in Belize City just before eleven when a gunman, dressed in…

P.U.P. Leader Hits Andrews, Saldivar for Commitment to Party

Source: Channel 5 Belize Arthur Saldivar & Patrick Andrews Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party, John Briceño, today hosted a press briefing at Independence Hall covering a multitude of national issues. But the party is presently experiencing some internal turmoil over its ongoing vetting process for candidates to contest the upcoming general elections.…

Briceño Tells Feuding Senators in Albert to Hold it Down

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño Another flashpoint for the P.U.P. is the June seventeenth contested convention in the Albert division. Current standard bearer Senator Paul Thompson is being challenged by his Upper House colleague Valerie Woods. Both lay claim to support from inside the division and long ties to it and the competition…

The P.U.P.’s Big Tent: Zenaida May Be In, Said Not Out

Source: Channel 5 Belize Zenaida Moya The party has faced questions about its level of participation in the convention season by women, after defeated candidate in Corozal Bay, Thea Garcia Ramirez, suggested the party would not make its thirty percent threshold for female candidates. There has also been a suggestion that former U.D.P. mayor…

Boy, 13, Shot after Allegedly Pulling Weapon on Police

Source: Channel 5 Belize Elwin Pitter There are two versions about the police shooting of a minor over the weekend.  The thirteen-year old remains hospitalized tonight after being shot multiple times on Saturday evening. The Pitter family is contradicting the police report on how Elwin Pitter, better known as ‘Flap,’ ended up at the…

Another Suspected Drug Plane Makes Wet Drop in the North

Source: Channel 5 Belize Just before news time last Thursday, our newsroom received reports of a suspected drug plane being tracked by local authorities heading north. Despite checks made in Corozal and Orange Walk, there was no confirmation of any illegal landing in Belize. That’s because the aircraft in fact carried out a wet…

Courts Corozal Sacked by Thieves for $5,000

Source: Channel 5 Belize Just before news time on Friday, there was an armed robbery at a popular business establishment.  Police are looking for two persons of interest in connection with the brazen robbery of Courts Belize. The incident reportedly happened on Friday evening around four p.m. and was reported four hours later by…

4, including Police Man, Caught in Heavy Weed Bust

Source: Channel 5 Belize Braiden Robateau A sizeable drug bust over the weekend has resulted in the arrest of a police officer in the Orange Walk District.  Twenty-two-year-old Braiden Robateau is assigned to the San Ignacio police formation, but on Saturday afternoon he was all the way in Santa Cruz Village with a group…

In Dangriga, Man Ends Life after Pursuit by Cops

Source: Channel 5 Belize Maurrice Serrano It is our policy not to report on suicides, however, an incident this afternoon in Dangriga has left the community in shock.  Maurrice Serrano, identified as the driver for Mayor Francis Humphreys, was reportedly being sought by police pending charges of sexual assault committed on a pair of…

Another Application of Bail for Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Could yet another accused murderer be out on bail by the end of this week? In the last fifteen months, no less than ten men accused of murder that have been on remand for extended periods of time have used that fact to seek bail before the court. It appears…

Altercation Leads City Men to Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize A city resident is accused of harm and damage to property following an altercation with his neighbor. It is not clear what led to the dispute between thirty-seven-year-old Jose Guzman and Horace Lord on Sunday, but Guzman allegedly punched Lord and caused one hundred dollars’ worth of damage to Lord’s…

Managing International Patent Cooperation

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Intellectual Property Office hosted a seminar on the Patent Cooperation Treaty.  Belize acceded to the treaty in June 2000 and today, two intellectual property rights experts, including a representative of the World Intellectual Property Organization, met in Belize to discuss WIPO’s role in processing patents before they are…

Got an Invention? Get it Patented!

Source: Channel 5 Belize And on the topic of patents, BELIPO says that only a few Belizeans file applications for patents. According to the Deputy Registrar, if you have an invention, you can go to its Belmopan office and file a local or international application, which will then be taken to the bureau in…

HRCU Provides Grants to Deserving Youngsters

Source: Channel 5 Belize As any parent will tell you, it’s never too early to start thinking about back to school even with the current school year in its final weeks. Costs of education have regularly risen and Belizeans are increasingly turning to loans and other sources to pay for their children’s education. In…

Winners of BBSF National Open 9-Ball and U-19 Billiards Tournament

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Thurs. May 31, 2018– Above are a couple pictures from last week’s two tournaments hosted by the Belize Billiards Sports Federation (BBSF) at Mike’s Cue Club in Belmopan. C-Delta won the National Open 9-Ball Tournament championship; and in the Under-19 […] Link: Winners of BBSF National Open 9-Ball and U-19

265 accused murderers on remand at Kolbe

Source: Amandala News Accused murderers form the largest block of prisoners BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 30, 2018– At the Supreme Court jail delivery (to determine which prisoners can be granted bail before the court closes its legal year) at the end of the […] Link: 265 accused murderers on remand at Kolbe

19 persons caught illegally crossing western border

Source: Amandala News SAN IGNACIO, Cayo Distyrict, Thurs. May 31, 2018– Twelve adults and seven children, who were coming from the direction of Calla Creek, which is near the western border, were stopped at a checkpoint on Bullet Tree Road. Police discovered that […] Link: 19 persons caught illegally crossing western border

Northern Cane Farmers Mobilize over Sugar Waiver

Source: Channel 5 Belize The release of white sugar in the local market by the Spanish company, Santander, has thrown the local sugar industry into a tailspin. On May eleventh, it was first detected that through DV Distributors, the white sugar was retailing in stores in the Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo Districts in…

G.O.B. Says They Will Adhere to Process

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tracey Panton As far as it is known, no fines have been imposed on the Spanish company for violating the EPZ status despite warnings by the Ministry of Trade and Investment. So is the government being too soft on Santander by now considering a waiver to its current EPZ certificate?…

B.D.F. Soldier Shot in Toledo

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police this evening confirmed that one person was arrested and charged for shooting a soldier of the Belize Defence Force. It happened in the village of San Pedro Colombia in the Toledo District sometime this morning. A twelve-gauge shotgun recovered by police is suspected to be the weapon used in…

Belize-flag Vessel Held in Peru for Illegal Fishing

Source: Channel 5 Belize The largest fish factory vessel in the world, which is flying the Belize flag, has been seized in Peru. Reports in the media say that the Damanzaihao, which has the capacity to process five hundred and forty-seven tons of fish per year, has been detained in Peruvian waters. The vessel has…

P.S.U. Postpones No-Confidence Vote Against President, Executive

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier this year, long-time unionist and former president of the Public Service Union, Jacqueline Willoughby, severed ties with the union amid claims of defamation of her character. She has even instituted a lawsuit against the union and its president, Doreth Cayetano-Obermayer. However, she made an appearance at Saturday’s annual general meeting of…

Government Weighs Decision on Santander Violations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Will the Spanish sugar-producing company, Santander, be fined for violating the conditions of its Export Process Zone certificate for releasing plantation sugar in the local market? We asked that question to the junior Minister Tracey Panton since Tuesday, but tonight, it is still not clear if the company will be…

Pharmacies Closed Down for Infringements of Law

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marvin Manzanero The Ministry of Health has been closing down pharmacies across the country. Today, News Five confirmed with Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero that four pharmacies in the Cayo and Stann Creek districts have been shut down and many others may face the same fate. The Ministry…

Hofius Hit in Lunch Time Robbery

Source: Channel 5 Belize One of the biggest department stores was jacked today in downtown Belize City. The brazen robbery took place during the lunch hour when Hofius on Albert Street was open for business and customers were purchasing inside the store. Two men entered the premier hardware and houseware dealer at twelve-forty-eight p.m.;…

Accused Killer in Custody for Kyne Gentle Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hugh Middleton Twenty-eight-year-old Kyne Gentle was shot and killed in San Ignacio on May twenty-first, as he stood outside of Blue Angels Nightclub.  It is not known why the tri-athlete was marked for death, but his killer executed the hit ruthlessly, standing over him and firing a round into his…

Anthony Bennett to Court for Erbin Garrido Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Anthony Bennett Thirty-seven-year-old Anthony Bennett is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned for murder earlier today.  The Mahogany Street resident is accused of fatally shooting Erbin Garrido inside his home in the Gungulung area of Belize City on Tuesday night.  Quick police work led to the…

Who’s the Right Choice for P.U.P. in Belmopan?

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Wednesday night, we told you about the controversy surrounding the Belmopan constituency for the People’s United Party. Arthur Saldivar and Patrick Andrews were both rejected from running in the convention and that has now left a three-person race. Two relatively unknown figures in the political landscape, Wieszman Pat and…

Tortilla Factory Targeted with Bomb

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police are said to be investigating an attempt to set a popular tortilla factory in Santa Elena Town on fire this morning. Rony’s Tortilla Factory is originally from Orange Walk Town but set up shop in the Twin Towns two months ago. Around four a.m., someone threw a device made…

No to Tobacco; It’s Not Good for Your Heart

Source: Channel 5 Belize A 2014 survey has shown that twelve percent of young people between the ages of thirteen and fifteen have consumed a tobacco product and it is believed that those numbers have grown since then. The Ministry of Health, through the National Drug Abuse Control Council, has been working around the…

With Hot and Dry Forecast, Watch Out for Drought

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Wednesday you heard the National Met Service say that the climate outlook for the next few months will see below normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. In putting together the forecast, the Met Service also looks at the probability of drought in the country – which we have experienced…

Erbin Garrido Shot Dead at Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize A soaring number of murders have taken place in the five months of this year, most which have occurred in Belize City.  So far, our archives show a record number of seventy-nine persons killed, making the January to May period bloodier than 2017’s figures when the count stood at fifty-two.…

Jordan Burns Recaptured, Taken to Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jordan Burns had been on the lam since escaping from lawful custody on Friday.  That was until this morning when he was recaptured by police and slapped with an additional charge.  On May twenty-fifth, he was formally arrested and charged for the murder of thirty-four-year-old Carlton Moreira who was shot…

A Week after Murder, Father’s Other Son Hurt in Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize A motorcycle collision this morning on Lakeview Street, Belize City, has resulted in serious injury to Jason Moreira.  According to reports, he was riding out onto the nearby carriageway when he came into violent contact with an oncoming vehicle.  The impact flung Moreira a distance away, while the vehicle that…

Santander to Pull Back on Sugar Sales, Seek Government Approval

Source: Channel 5 Belize Santander Sugar Limited has broken its silence on the debacle it is facing, accepting that it did not comply with the conditions of the Export Processing Zone Certificate.  That violation has resulted in a decision by the government to have the Customs Department confiscate a significant amount of plantation white…

Carlos Panti, “the Caveman,” dies in road collision

Source: Amandala News SAN IGNACIO, Cayo District, Sun. May 27, 2018– Well-known tour guide operator Carlos Panti, 47, also known as “the Caveman,” of San Ignacio, was driving his vehicle to San Ignacio from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, on the George Price Highway, […] Link: Carlos Panti, “the Caveman,” dies in road collision

Criminal lawyers really need to pause

Source: Amandala News Some people who commit murder might savor the headiness of being known by the world, if that is their game. But it really must be a life of hell. You might get off in court, but you’ll know jail time […] Link: Criminal lawyers really need to pause

Santander accused of invading local sugar market

Source: Amandala News Local farmers up in arms; want meeting with Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 28, 2018– Santander, the multinational sugar-producing company that began operations in the Cayo District in 2012, may be violating the terms of its EPZ […] Link: Santander accused of invading local sugar market

Trade Minister: Santander Jumped the Gun on Sugar Sales

Source: Channel 5 Belize Santander, the Spanish multinational operating in Valley of Peace, is again in hot water, this time for illegally producing and introducing plantation white sugar into the local retail market.  Tonight, the Comptroller of Customs, Colin Griffith, has instructed customs posts in Corozal, Cayo and Orange Walk to confiscate the Santander…

Sugar Confiscated, Fine Coming

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tracey Panton News Five understands that the supplier of the Santander sugar is DV Distributors, which may be connected to the Vega Empire. Santander’s move to proceed with production and the retail of plantation white sugar appears to be deliberate, since government reiterated its position again, via a stronger letter…

Company Not Even Empowered to Produce Plantation White Sugar

Source: Channel 5 Belize Minister Panton says that Santander has met with the Ministry of Trade, but is also requesting a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, even though it has already violated the EPZ in retailing plantation white sugar.   Isani Cayetano “Have they approached to meet with you as the minister, or…

Sugar Associations Question Agriculture Minister

Source: Channel 5 Belize As the issue continues to heat up, three associations; Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Progressive Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Corozal Sugar Cane Farmers Association are seeking a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse. In a letter, the associations note that they have carried out their own…

P.U.P.’s Jose Mai Sides with Cane Farmers

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jose Mai The Opposition People’s United Party has weighed in on the topic, from differing angles. Orange Walk South area rep Jose Mai, who is a cane farmer and staunch supporter of the established northern cane production, argues that Santander’s move is wrong on two fronts: in the eyes of…

Participants Will Help Teach Others

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are four components to the project that will see the five hundred participants then go out into their communities and engage other women and girls in gender and human rights issues. Project Coordinator Kiri Lizama explains the mechanism and how its desired outcome will be achieved.   Kiri Lizama,…

Renewal of Support in Annual Cancer Walk

Source: Channel 5 Belize We have been covering the annual cancer walk for years now, and we do so again this year. The walk started in Ladyville with thousands trekking to Belize City to bring awareness to the disease. Youths, men and women who in some way have been touched by family and friends…

Journey Begins for Members of Police Youth Mentorship Program

Source: Channel 5 Belize Saturday was the first day of the second cohort of the Police Youth Mentorship Programme. Ninety-six mentorees from eight to seventeen years of age were matched with thirty mentors to begin the process of turning their lives around through coaching on anger management, conflict resolution and life skills with a…

56 Regent Street Shared by U.D.P. Area Rep, P.U.P. Aspirant

Source: Channel 5 Belize Paul Thompson Two weeks away from the Albert Division convention for the People’s United Party on June seventeenth, the campaign between Senators and People’s United Party’s aspirants Valerie Woods and Paul Thompson is getting contentious. Tonight, Senator Thompson finds himself on the defense and confirms that he is in fact…

Corozal Bay P.U.P. Elects David “Dido” Vega

Source: Channel 5 Belize David “Dido” Vega In other political news, David “Dido” Vega, former mayoral candidate for the P.U.P. in Corozal Town, was elected standard bearer for Corozal Bay on Sunday in the party’s first contested convention of this campaign season. He defeated four other rivals to secure the seat with one thousand…

Death of Rudolph Kelly Now a Murder Investigation

Source: Channel 5 Belize Rudolph Kelly When Rudolph Kelly perished following a violent collision on Central American Boulevard last Tuesday, speculations ran wide that he did not succumb to injuries received during the accident.  It was a theory that his family firmly believed and that opinion has since been supported with the results of…

Mother of 5 found dead on roadside

Source: Amandala News SILK GRASS VILLAGE, Stann Creek District, Thurs. May 24, 2018– Around 9:35 on Sunday morning, police responded to a report of the discovery of a body of a woman on the outskirts of Silk Grass Village in the Stann Creek […] Link: Mother of 5 found dead on roadside

Nicholi Rhys, 27, arraigned for Luis Moh’s murder

Source: Amandala News HOMELAND MEMORIAL PARK, Belize District, Wed. May 23, 2018– Around 11 p.m. on Monday night, the body of taxi driver Luis Carlos Moh, 31, was found in the bushes on the side of the road leading to Homeland Memorial Park, […] Link: Nicholi Rhys, 27, arraigned for Luis Moh’s murder

Failed homosexual sex attempt led to doctor’s death

Source: Amandala News His partner pleaded guilty to manslaughter BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 24, 2018– The scandalous details of a case of a murder resulting from a homosexual’s request for sex and his partner’s inability to meet his demands unfolded today in the […] Link: Failed homosexual sex attempt led to doctor’s death

Brandon Hughes, 18, Charged with Murder of Oscar Rosado, 70

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brandon Hughes After spending a night in lock-down, eighteen-year-old Brandon Hughes was taken to court this morning and arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser for the murder of well-known businessman, Oscar Rosado Senior. Police are actively looking for two other suspects who remain at large. Hughes was picked up at…

Resolution Reached in Compre Standoff

Source: Channel 5 Belize Teachers and students were back inside their respective classrooms at Belmopan Comprehensive High School today, after a two-day sit-out effected by faculty and staff.  The protest was led by fourth form teachers who were dissatisfied with the manner in which the school’s board of management went about addressing the issue…

Computer Glitch was Difference Between Pass and Fail

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to Smith, the disqualification of so many students was the result of a miscalculation in the school’s electronic tallying system.  Those discrepancies were compared with manual averages derived by each teacher which showed that a majority of those sixty-six fourth formers were indeed passing.  Senator Smith says that all…

Dwayne Davis Guilty of Manslaughter of Doctor

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dwayne Davis Back to the court…Thirty-seven-year-old Dwayne Davis on Thursday admitted to causing the death, though not intentionally, of fifty-two-year-old Doctor Ivan Enrique Garcia Gomez, a naturalized Belizean originally from Guatemala, in June of 2012.  Davis pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter during his trial which began on…

Windell Neal at it Again; Held for More Swindling

Source: Channel 5 Belize Windell Neal Twenty-three-year-old Windell Neal pleaded guilty to obtaining property by deception from the Belize Book Center. On April thirtieth, 2018, he’s accused of collecting one hundred dollars from manager Andrew Bennett after posing as a supplier from Carmelita Village in Orange Walk. He took a package to the center…

Robbery Likely Motive for Death of Carlton Moreira

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police are seeking two persons in connection with Wednesday afternoon’s murder of Carlton Moreira in an alley between Banak and Mayflower Streets. While the area is known for both external and internal gang rivalries, Moreira was not known to be a part of that world. So speculation from both police…

Gangs’ Net Ensnared Luis Carlos Moh

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Wednesday, alleged gang leader Nicoli Rhys appeared in court, charged with the murder of taxi operator Luis Carlos Moh, who was found near Homeland Memorial Park on Monday dead of gunshot injuries. He had been called to pick up two persons in Belize City and take them to  mile…

Cabbie’s Last Fare Leads to Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize The extended Commonwealth Holiday weekend was an exceptionally violent and bloody one across the country, with murders, disappearances and road traffic accidents being reported as early as Saturday morning.  The carnage came to a bitter end on Monday night with the death of a popular taxi man, who was shot…

In Cayo, Execution Outside Blue Angels Night Club

Source: Channel 5 Belize A resident of Santa Elena was killed in the early hours of Monday morning outside a night club in San Ignacio. Contrary to speculations that Kyne [Keen] Gentle was partying at the club, the family says he was never there to party just to buy a plate of food from…

Mom Michelle Anderson Caught in Shooting at Market

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight, the Conch Shell Bay community is mourning the death of Michelle Anderson, a staple at the nearby fish market whose job was to scrape and clean the day’s catch.  Anderson was one of two persons injured during a mid-morning shooting at the Michael Finnegan Market on Monday.  She was…

UDP CitCo owed $77,000 in SSB contributions

Source: Amandala News But it is the new PUP City Council that has to pay, and within 5 days! BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 17, 2018– The Belize City Council that was led by the United Democratic Party (UDP) mayor Darrell Bradley left an […] Link: UDP CitCo owed ,000 in SSB contributions

Belize now importing fuel from Texas instead of Venezuela

Source: Amandala News The Petrocaribe program “is not yet over,” says PM Barrow BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 17, 2018– Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed at his press conference yesterday that Belize has stopped importing fuel from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which had […] Link: Belize now importing fuel from Texas instead of

Choice Bank Partners Pull Out; Central Bank Steps In

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight there is grim news in the offshore industry. Indications are that Choice Bank, an offshore bank operating from Belize City, is winding down due to a cash flow crisis involving the prepaid card component of its international banking business. After ten years in operation, the banks website claims it…

Citco Down to 5 Days to Repay S.S.B. Contributions

Source: Channel 5 Belize A few days ago, the Social Security Board issued a demand note for payment of outstanding contributions to the Belize City Council collected from employees, but not paid by the former Darrell Bradley administration. On May fifteenth, City Hall received the letter from the S.S.B. saying that for the period…

CitCo Predecessors’ Priorities Questioned

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Deputy Mayor questions the priorities of the previous administration given the fact that this outstanding payment lingered while the then-U.D.P. council put off a free concert in February. The concert cost City Hall one hundred and thirty-three thousand dollars, almost three times the amount owed to the S.S.B.  The…

B.N.T.U., M.O.E. Showdown at Civic for Teachers’ Day

Source: Channel 5 Belize Despite the back and forth on whether there would have been a teachers’ day celebration, today the event went on without a hitch. Teachers from across the country congregated in the city to celebrate their day.  While, it was expected that some six thousand teachers would be in attendance, the…

Charges Re-Considered after Death of Demetrio Pott

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are in a pickle tonight because they are revisiting manslaughter charges slapped against three men in Orange Walk. Last Thursday, twenty-six-year-old immigration officer Leodegario Chan, twenty-four-year-old welder Carlos Westby and twenty-eight-year-old Delthran Perez, all of Trial Farm Village,…

Trio Sought in Murder of “Monty” Lipka

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lamont Lipka There is some progress in the investigation into the brazen killing of American national Lamont Lipka in San Pedro. On Sunday night, the forty-nine-year-old restaurateur, better known as “Monty”, was shot and killed in front of his employees and customers inside his restaurant, Tropical Bar and Grill.  Lipka…

Arson Confirmed, but Bruce Davidson Still Missing

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is another case that police are trying to crack and they are not getting any help from the results of an autopsy conducted on charred remains of a human body, discovered after a fire in Belmopan. Those results are inconclusive on the cause of death and the identity of…

Once a Guatemalan, Always a Guatemalan – Never a Belizean?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow With the re-registration process due to start in July, some Guatemalans find themselves in an absurd situation, particularly those who acquired Belizean citizenship by way of renouncing their Guatemala citizenship. At the core of the issue is the renunciation process. As it stands, Guatemala does not recognize the…

Territorial Volunteers Hit Back at P.M.

Source: Channel 5 Belize This afternoon, the leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia, issued a video response to the pronouncements of Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the I.C.J. issue. Maheia also spoke on the recent report about increased presence of Guatemalans in the Chiquibul and the efforts to reach across the border…

Accountant Targeted in Palmar

Source: Channel 5 Belize A thirty-two-year-old accountant from San Jose Palmar Village in Orange Walk District was the victim of a shooting on Wednesday night.  Jose Oscar Santana says he was inside his yard when someone from across the street opened fire at him. The gunman reportedly hid within an overgrown lot before taking…

Austin Williams in Gunman’s Crosshairs in Seine Bight

Source: Channel 5 Belize Austin Williams is tonight recovering at the Southern Regional Hospital, reportedly under police guard, following a shooting incident that occurred overnight in Seine Bight Village on the peninsula. Williams was socializing with another person when he was assaulted by a gunman who simply walked up to him and opened fire.…

Will Sunshine Ask Again to Come In?

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel crushed the hopes of Sunshine Holdings Limited to receive a share, or at the outside, all of the more than one hundred and fourteen million dollars paid to Dean Boyce and the Trustees of the B.T.L. Employees’ Trust in the 2015 settlement agreement…

Gov’t Will Not Attempt to Influence April 2019 Vote

Source: Channel 5 Belize While he would not put forward what percentage of Cabinet is in favor of a yes vote, the prime minister does acknowledge that there are indeed a few members who remain undecided on the matter.   Prime Minister Dean Barrow “I can say, even at this early stage, that the…

Why There is Still a Place for O.A.S.’ Adjacency Zone Office

Source: Channel 5 Belize The relationship between Belize and Guatemala is at times tense, but for the sake of carrying out the education campaign successfully, the existing state of affairs between both countries must be preserved.  Key to maintaining the status quo is the O.A.S. Office at the Adjacency Zone.  PM Barrow discusses the…

Getting Out the Voters for Re-Registration

Source: Channel 5 Belize Before the I.C.J. referendum is held next year, there is the matter of the re-registration exercise spearheaded by the Elections and Boundaries Department, which is set to begin on July first.  That exercise will run in the millions of dollars.  Government has since allocated monies that will go toward a…

Three weed busts over the weekend

Source: Amandala News BELIZE, Mon. May 14, 2018– Three drug busts reportedly occurred over the weekend. The first occurred in the Orange Walk District, on Friday at around 5 p.m., when police conducted a search on Asuncion Street in an abandoned lot. This […] Link: Three weed busts over the weekend

In court, irregularities in San Pedro elections exposed

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 14, 2018– The March 7 national municipal elections have come and gone, and all the elected municipal bodies are functioning, except for the United Democratic Party (UDP) Town Council in San Pedro, which is facing a […] Link: In court, irregularities in San Pedro elections exposed

Verdes vs BDF re-play on Wednesday at Norman Broaster

Source: Amandala News PLB revised playoffs schedule follows FFB Appeals Board ruling in favor of BDF FC BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 14, 2018– As we were about to go to press last Thursday night, word was received that the Football Federation of Belize […] Link: Verdes vs BDF re-play on Wednesday at Norman

San Pedro businessman, Lamont Lipka, 49, murdered

Source: Amandala News SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Belize District, Mon. May 14, 2018– Lamont Lipka, 49, an American businessman and owner of Tropicana Restaurant, died after he was shot multiple times by a gunman in his restaurant. Information to us is that Lipka […] Link: San Pedro businessman, Lamont Lipka, 49, murdered

Mayor Beefs Up Security; Police Not On Call

Source: Channel 5 Belize Monday night’s shooting in Cohune Walk happened less than a hundred feet away from a police booth at the entrance of the community.  That checkpoint, according to Mayor Belisle, has been out of operation and is in need of urgent repair.  While those works are pending, he is focusing tonight…

2 Seek Bail on 4-Year-Old Murder Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jedd Burgess & Micah Tillett There has been a recent trend of accused murderers seeking bail while on remand for their charges. It is a symptom of the heavy backlog in cases at the Supreme Court, and defense attorneys have been taking advantage; though not all cases have been successful.…

CitCo Says No to Rehiring Fired Employees

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize City Council says it is not interested in taking back any of the six employees fired a week ago. A meeting took place today with the executive of the Christian Workers’ Union and employee representatives. Notably, Mayor of Belize City Bernard Wagner and C.W.U. president Evan “Mose” Hyde…

Gov’t Warns of Oil Situation; Regular and Diesel Hiked

Source: Channel 5 Belize Barely two weeks after the last change, there are further changes to report tonight in relation to fuel prices, which take effect at midnight on Wednesday. Premium gasoline moves down from eleven dollars thirty-nine cents to eleven dollars thirty-six cents, a difference of three cents, and kerosene moves down to…

Belize’s Security Initiative at Western Border Irks Guatemala

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tensions flared up at the western border over the weekend when authorities sought to clear the area to allow for the discharge of construction material.  Government has decided to upgrade the perimeter fence to improve the flow of traffic and other activity.  Now, Guatemalan taxi drivers are known to operate…

Taxis, Students Need Not Fear

Source: Channel 5 Belize Said ‘Badi’ Guerra Amid the chaos that ensued at the border on Sunday, the Guatemalan media also reported that students from neighboring Melchor who commute to Benque Viejo daily to attend school, would be refused entry at the border.  According to Ambassador Guerra, that was furthest from the truth.  He…

“Monty” Taken Out in San Pedro Restaurant

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lamont Edward Lipka An American businessman was murdered in cold blood inside his restaurant in San Pedro Town on Sunday night.  Lamont Lipka of Texas, U.S.A was inside his bar and grill on the south end of the island when a man walked inside and fired several shots killing him…

Manslaughter Charges after O.W. Beating Victim Dies

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett More than two weeks after Demetrio Pott and his brother were badly beaten following a traffic accident in Trial Farm, Orange Walk on April twenty-seventh.  The forty-seven-year-old succumbed to his injuries this Saturday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he and his brother were attacked immediately after…

Charges for Accused Killer of Luis Monge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Richard Hyde Richard Hyde is tonight in big trouble with the law after he was charged on Saturday and arraigned today for the murder of Luis Monge, who was killed on Friday morning in Belmopan during a stabbing outside of La Cabana Night Club. Monge and a friend had pursued…

Another Ladyville Home Ablaze over Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Orin Smith Less than twenty-four hours later, there was yet another fire in Ladyville, also on Manta Ray Boulevard for which a family of two has been displaced. A single mother and her son occupied the house, but were not at home at the time of the blaze. Orin Smith…

Abandoned House Afire in Western Paradise

Source: Channel 5 Belize The third fire occurred in the Eight Miles Community on the George Price Highway. What residents say was an abandoned wooden house, made from pimenta sticks, went up in flames on Sunday afternoon. The owner has not come forward and the Fire Department says that the structure could not have…

Ex-Policeman Charged for Burning Household Goods

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brandon Hertular A former police officer is in trouble with the law again after apparently setting afire goods belonging to a Belize City woman last week. Six years ago the then-police constable, Brandon Hertular, was accused of burglarizing a residence but was convicted on charges of theft of cash and…

Pastor Held for Wounding Minors

Source: Channel 5 Belize Natalie Robinson Men and women of God are not usually known for violence, but a pastor of the Burrell Boom area is tonight charged with wounding and harm against two minors. The details of what happened are being kept under wraps by authorities at this time, even the complainant’s ages.…

School Managers Say No Docking Salaries

Source: Channel 5 Belize Elena Smith Teachers’ salaries for March twenty-second will not be docked. That’s the word coming out of the Belize Association for General Managers of pre and primary schools. In a release issued today, the association said that, “as employers of teachers, it is obliged to dock teachers’ salaries for any…

Child reportedly injured in shooting in Belize City

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Unconfirmed but reliable reports are that a child was injured during a shooting a few minutes ago in Belize City. Information reaching the Reporter is that the little boy, who is said to be younger than 10 years old, was passing by in a Dollar…

“Old beef” results in chopping

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man is receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he suffered a chop wound on his neck during a confrontation with another man. The victim, Ivan Hyde, 26, a construction worker of Mile 19.5 Phillip Goldson highway, Sand Hill village, told police…

Elections and Boundaries’ 8-million-dollar budget for re-registration

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 9, 2018– It has been about twenty years since a re-registration of voters has been done in Belize, and today, the Elections and Boundaries Department held a press conference to discuss the upcoming re-registration that will […] Link: Elections and Boundaries’ 8-million-dollar budget for re-registration

Guatemala, Belize, and the ICJ: The Big Picture

Source: Amandala News Reproduced from  the Tuesday, May 8, 2018, #3176 issue of Amandala I am addressing this brief message to ALL Belizeans, wherever they may be and irrespective to which of our three political parties they belong, or, like myself, owe allegiance […] Link: Guatemala, Belize, and the ICJ: The Big Picture

Cricket update

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. May 8, 2018– Greeting from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! The Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2018 took a break over the past weekend, May 5 & 6, in order for the BNCA to host […] Link: Cricket update

CitCo’s HR and Admin Director’s vehicle firebombed

Source: Amandala News The attack came just after the City Council terminated 5 employees BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 10, 2018– Last night, Sharlene Rudon, the Belize City Council’s Director of Human Resources and Administration, awoke to a most frightening reality: she looked outside […] Link: CitCo’s HR and Admin Director’s vehicle firebombed

Ain’t No Sunshine: Gov’t Company Shut Out of B.T.L. Compensation

Source: Channel 5 Belize After three days of litigation, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel issued a comprehensive judgment against Sunshine Holdings Limited’s claim for compensation, in respect of shares it owned in Belize Telemedia Limited before its acquisition in 2009, and again in 2011. At the minimum, it sought funds to satisfy a pair…

G.O.B. Now on the Hook for Money Owed to S.S.B.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay The case was comprehensively lost, but did Sunshine really lose anything? Not according to Justice Abel. He found that the company had been fully relieved by its owner, the government, of liability of debt to the Social Security Board and to the government itself. This was confirmed during…

Is B.T.L. Litigation Over?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay So at long last, is it over? The now nearly nine-year saga of Telemedia’s acquisition by government started in August of 2009 and effectively concluded with the settlement in 2015. That settlement was defined and ratified by the C.C.J. in October 2016 and again in November 2017 as…

Deputy City Mayor Defends Terminations as Part of Restructuring

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize City Council has broken its silence on the dismissal of six employees earlier this week, including City Administrator Candice Miller.  While the writings were on the wall for the embattled senior manager, ever since her suspension on April fifth, the unforeseen termination of five others has taken the…

CitCo Ready for Litigation over Firings

Source: Channel 5 Belize Oscar Arnold Sacking Candice Miller, whose contract as city manager extends to 2021, and several of her colleagues from City Hall, has likely exposed the Belize City Council to litigation.  Those lawsuits challenging the legality of their dismissal, will only add to other claims that the Wagner administration has inherited. …

Fatal stabbing in Belmopan!

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man was stabbed to death and another was injured early this morning in Belmopan. The incident occurred on Zultana street in the Las Flores area around 2:30 a.m., and claimed the life of Luis Alfredo Monge, 23, a bartender of Moho Blanka street, Las…

Fire on Iguana Street

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A house fire occurred earlier this morning on Iguana Street in the Collet area of Belize City. The fire was reported sometime around 7:30 a.m., and two fire trucks reportedly arrived at the scene shortly after but had to connect to a pump in the…

Mayor Spoke of “Re-Organization” in Wake of Transition Report

Source: Channel 5 Belize City Administrator Candice Miller and office manager Lisbeth Butler were among six city council employees who were given their marching papers on Tuesday.  But were the dismissals foretold in Mayor Wagner’s press conference on April twenty-sixth, when he informed that a restructuring of the organizational makeup of City Hall was…

Big Drug Bust in West; Weed Abandoned by Fleeing Traffickers

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the heels of the confiscation of some thirty pounds of marijuana in the San Antonio Village, the police department is reporting yet another huge drug bust in the west. On Wednesday afternoon, around two o’clock, police intercepted a Great Wall Wingle loaded with cannabis from Guatemala en route to…

C.W.U. Intervenes on Behalf of 2 Fired CitCo Employees

Source: Channel 5 Belize The uproar continues tonight over the terminations of six employees of the Belize City Council on Tuesday. They were sent home without warning and, according to at least one letter we’ve seen, no details about why exactly they’re being terminated. Amid the whispers of politics being involved, the Christian Workers’…

U.D.P. Warns More Firings to Come

Source: Channel 5 Belize The United Democratic Party has thrown its support behind the fired employees, claiming in a press release that more firings are to come because it is aware of what it says is a long list of persons at City Hall targeted because of allegedly being U.D.P. supporters. The U.D.P. accuses…

Nothing for National Teachers’ Day?

Source: Channel 5 Belize May eighteenth has been set aside as National Teachers Day, in honor of the many contributions educators have made towards the development of the nation.  Across the country, schools will be closed next Friday to give teachers an opportunity to enjoy the day in the company of their colleagues.  Several…

PUC explains initial decision to raise electricity rates

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 7, 2018– Today at around 2:30 p.m., the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held a press conference to discuss the raise in electricity rates which was requested by the Belize Electricity Limited, and which the commission has […] Link: PUC explains initial decision to raise electricity rates

Tit for tat, says BNTU prez, Senator Elena Smith

Source: Amandala News BNTU will withhold contributions to school management for day-pay deduction BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 7, 2018– The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), the most organized and militant union in the country, agreed over the weekend to withhold the teachers’ contribution […] Link: Tit for tat, says BNTU prez, Senator Elena

Councilor Micah Goodin hangs up on Amandala

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Fri. May 4, 2018– On Thursday morning, as he was leaving the studios of the KREM WUB morning show, we asked Belize City mayor Bernard Wagner to comment on councilor Micah Goodin’s social media post on Monday. Mayor […] Link: Councilor Micah Goodin hangs up on Amandala

2 houses destroyed by fire in Price Alley

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Sun. May 6, 2018– Two wooden houses, about ten feet apart, were completely destroyed by fire in Price Alley at about 12:30 last night. One of the homes was an abandoned house that belonged to a Belizean who […] Link: 2 houses destroyed by fire in Price Alley

CitCo Fires 6 including City Administrator Candice Miller

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two months after first entering office, the Belize City Council has begun clearing house, starting at the very top.  News Five has confirmed that there were six terminations by the Council today. Among those terminated is City Administrator Candice Miller, who signed a four-year contract just before the 2018 municipal…

Honduras Stops Ship with Cocaine Cargo Headed to Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize We have been reporting on the frequency of suspected drug planes – at least seven since November 2017 – landing in northern and central Belize. The abandoned planes are usually found without cargo and in some cases damaged. But the illicit drugs are not only being transported by air, but…

Dean Galvez to Court for Murder of Roni Casasola

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Saint Matthew’s villager was escorted by police to a courtroom in Belmopan this morning and arraigned for murder. Twenty-one-year-old Dean Galvez was well-known to murder victim, Roni Casasola who is also from Saint Matthew’s Village. Casasola met his untimely death on Sunday morning following an altercation at a local…

Mom Mourns Only Son Habib Hajjara, Lost to Gun Violence

Source: Channel 5 Belize Habib Hajjara Thirty-six-year-old Habib Hajjara was ruthlessly done away with inside his taxicab on Sunday morning when someone shot him at point-blank multiple times while driving his vehicle along Mahogany Street.  The execution-style murder took place sometime around four a.m. when the Honduran national had just finished dropping off a…

Ed. U Kate exposes Smith

Source: Amandala News It is good that some Belizeans can afford the Godfrey Smith book, and that some of those who can, believe in the Christian virtue of sharing. A lot of people call themselves Christian, but they are confused followers of Moses. […] Link: Ed. U Kate exposes Smith

3 Weekend Murders: Daniel Guardado Executed on Partridge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Daniel Guardado In Belize City, the murder count went up by two over the weekend and now stands at more than thirty. According to police an alarming sixty-six homicides have been recorded countrywide since the start of the year, which means that as much as fifty percent has taken place…

Taxi Driver is Murdered in the City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sbiero Habib Hajjara The second murder victim in the city is a taxi driver who was murdered at the corner of Mahogany Street and Western Avenue not far from where mechanic, Daniel Guardado, was killed hours earlier. Honduran National, thirty-six year old Sbiero Habib Hajjara was shot three times on…

3-Car Pileup Takes Miguel Ayala

Source: Channel 5 Belize Miguel Ayala A fifty-eight-year-old father of eight from Valley of Peace perished on the George Price Highway this morning. Miguel Ayala, a handyman, was heading to Belize City this morning transporting meat; behind him was a second vehicle. Somewhere near mile forty-three, there was a collision with a BATSUB heavy…

Family Speaks Out on Death of Jason Sutherland

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jason Sutherland The family of Jason Sutherland is still coming to terms with his murder which occurred last week Thursday. A gunman discharged as many as nine shots killing the twenty-nine-year-old Belize City resident instantly in a city neighbourhood that has become a hotbed for gangs. News Five’s Isani Cayetano…

Intellectual Property and Industry Competitiveness

Source: Channel 5 Belize BELTRAIDE, in partnership with the Belize Intellectual Property Office , Citrus Research and Education Institute of the Citrus Growers Association and World Intellectual Property Organization is hosting a three-day workshop called” Leveraging Intellectual Property Tools for Competitiveness.”   Over thirty private sector firms are learning how to use intellectual property to…

Are Our Kids Getting Enough Iodine and Salt?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Ministry of Health is undertaking a two week survey to measure and report on the levels of iodine in children in Belize. Four hundred school children between the ages of six to twelve from four primary schools in Belize, Stann Creek and Corozal districts will participate in the study.…

Traffic accident reported on George Price highway

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A traffic accident reportedly occurred sometime around 10:30 this morning on the George Price highway. The mishap occurred near Cheers Restaurant and Bar and involved two pickup trucks that crashed into each other and ended up off the side of the road. The Reporter will…

Three killed, another shot in deadly weekend

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Three men were killed between Saturday night and early Sunday morning – two in Belize city and one in St. Mathew’s followed by a fourth shooting in Belize city. The first of the three murders happened on Partridge street in Belize city around 9:30 on Saturday night.…

Residents concerned about dead marine life in New River

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Orange Walk residents who frequently use the New River are appealing to relevant authorities to investigate the conditions of the river after several visitors today observed dead marine life floating to the top of the water. Video footage taken near the vicinity of the Maracus restaurant shows…

Three cars involved in Friday night collision

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland There was a three car pile up near mile two and a half on the Philip Goldson highway on Friday night, which caused traffic to back up for several minutes. The accident happened in front of Belize Electricity Limited headquarters. There were no fatalities recorded in this…

Cane truck overturns near Orange Walk bypass

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland According to reports from up north, a cane truck overturned earlier today near the Orange Walk bypass. There are no details on whether or not anyone was injured in the accident. The Reporter will have an update as soon as details are made available by local authorities.…

World Press Freedom Day

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 3, 2018– Today, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day, and various media organizations around the world are observing the day with special activities related to the so-called fourth estate of government. World Press Freedom Day […] Link: World Press Freedom Day

CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR CIRCULATING NUDES!

Source: Amandala News It is most unfortunate that it seems that one of the national pastimes has been to use social media to bring down, attack, degrade, humiliate and where possible, destroy the lives of each other. This has reached one of the […] Link: CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR CIRCULATING NUDES!

Women’s League completes 1st round of football competition

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 30, 2018– The first round of the double round-robin tournament in the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2018 was completed over the weekend with Week 3 games at 4 different venues. At the MCC Grounds on […] Link: Women’s League completes 1st round of football competition

Faber wants to dock teachers’ salaries

Source: Amandala News All the teachers did was march against crime BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 3, 2018– On March 22, teachers from all across Belize traveled to Belmopan and gathered at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School for a Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) […] Link: Faber wants to dock teachers’ salaries

Government sets ICJ referendum date: April 10, 2019

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 30, 2018– Exactly two weeks after an estimated 26 percent of Guatemalan voters went to the polls, where 97 percent of them voted “yes” to take their country’s territorial claim to more than half of Belize […] Link: Government sets ICJ referendum date: April 10, 2019

The Cold-Blooded Execution of Jason Sutherland

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jason Sutherland Gun violence in Belize City appears to be on the rise once again, particularly in Port Loyola where two separate shooting incidents have been recorded within a twenty-four-hour period.  On Thursday night, a killer stalked Jason Sutherland outside of his home and waited for an opportunity to open…

Kevaughan Staine Guilty of Attempted Murder of Cousin

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kevaughan “Bigga” Staine Twenty-one-year-old Kevaughan “Bigga” Staine remains on remand after he was convicted on a charge of attempted murder for trying to kill his own cousin, nineteen-year-old Taisha Staine.  The near fatal-incident happened back in 2013 in Saint Martin De Porres area on December thirteenth, 2013.  Taisha was walking…

Conquering Mathematical Jinx on Day 2 of P.S.E.

Source: Channel 5 Belize A common theme of our reporting over the years on the Primary School Examination is that English, Social Studies and Science have all been less challenging to exam-takers than Mathematics, and specifically the Paper Two, problem-solving section. This year, that narrative has changed, if only slightly. Students speaking to News…

Seeing Improvement in English Writing

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nelson Longsworth The Primary School Examinations are already half-marked – a computer scanner does the job for the multiple-choice English and Science papers, while selected teachers come in to mark the composition section. In past years, eyebrows have been raised over the content of the students’ work, from text message…

Ambush on Pregnant Alley Ascribed to Gang Rivalry

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hugh Thomas Just a few minutes before the daring assault on a group of men at Win Kee Saloon, Belize City police were busy securing a crime scene on Cemetery Road.  A preliminary investigation has revealed that Hugh Thomas was driving a vehicle in the area of Pregnant Alley when…

Policeman Survives Hail of Bullets at Burrell Boom Station

Source: Channel 5 Belize The rash of shootings overnight was not limited to the Old Capital, as gun violence also found its way to Burrell Boom Village.  This time, however, the intended target was a police officer who came under fire when a masked gunman struck the police station.  PC Chris Staine narrowly avoided…

Killer of Owen McFoy Still at Large

Source: Channel 5 Belize Owen McFoy A criminal investigation into the Labour Day murder of Owen McFoy, in the Windmill community of Hattieville, continues tonight, despite police not being able to make an arrest.  The thirty-year-old was in the company of family and friends, socializing and watching a basketball game on television outside in…

Ricardo Mendoza Charged for Murder of Father-in-law

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gaspar Vargas Thirty-five-year-old Ricardo Mendoza remains in police custody, following the vicious stabbing of his father-in-law in San Pedro on Monday afternoon.  The pair had been known to have a troubled relationship as in-laws.  Both men, along with a third, unnamed individual who left moments earlier, were socializing at the…

Discussing Experts to CARICOM

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier this week, BELTRAIDE’s Export Belize and the Directorate General for Foreign Trade held a roundtable meeting with private sector enterprises to share their experiences in exporting to CARICOM with potential exporters. The purpose of the session is for companies that have an interest in exporting to markets in CARICOM…

Health Fair Opens Education Showcase

Source: Channel 5 Belize Health and education are not normally paired together, unless it’s a subject in school. But the Belize District Education Center is kicking off the Education Showcase held every May by emphasizing knowledge of health and wellness. Its first ever community health fair brought together students from across the Old Capital…

In San Pedro, In-Laws’ Argument Turns Deadly

Source: Channel 5 Belize A San Pedro resident remains in police custody tonight, pending charges for the murder of his father-in-law in the San Mateo area of the island town. Gaspar Vargas was ran though with a knife and disemboweled on Monday afternoon inside his house. He was rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic…

Owen McFoy Gunned Down in Hattieville

Source: Channel 5 Belize Shortly after nine p.m. on Tuesday, a succession of gunshots rang out in the Windmill neighborhood of Hattieville.  When the shooting subsided, Owen McFoy would lay mortally wounded inside a yard where he was socializing with relatives.  He was injured multiple times to the body during the attack.  Despite an…

Dangriga Man Shot while Socializing

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was also a non-fatal shooting on Labour Day in Dangriga. Around seven-thirty p.m., police responded to a report of gun violence on Isla Road and found thirty-two-year-old Jason Williams suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. The investigation has since revealed that Williams was socializing with some…

Family Asks Perpetrator of ‘Lelo’ Knockdown to Come Forward

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sixty-five-year-old Aurelio Gonzalez, known to all as ‘Lelo,’ remains in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with injuries sustained in a late-night traffic accident on the Old Northern Highway between Maskall and his residence in St. Ann’s. While he is out of imminent danger, his family is tonight asking for the…

Morales, Jovel, Almagro Gives Thumbs Up to Referendum Plan

Source: Channel 5 Belize As expected, Belize’s announcement on Monday of the date for our referendum on the taking of the unfounded Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice was good news for our western neighbors Guatemala. According to Prensa Libre, within a few minutes of the announcement, Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales had…

Man reportedly murdered in Hattieville; another shot in Dangriga

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man was reportedly murdered in Hattieville on Tuesday night, while another was shot in Dangriga. Unconfirmed but reliable reports are that the murder in Hattieville happened sometime around 10:00 p.m., while the shooting in Dangriga took place about an hour earlier. The Reporter will…

Police take city kids out west for football match

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers As a part of a continuous effort to Foster better community relations, the Belize Police Department took 32 Belize City children to the Cayo district for a football match. The students were gathered from various neighborhoods on the south side, now referred to as the “Region One”…

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