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March 29, 2017

Belize

A Double Murder on Kelly Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize | A Double Murder on Kelly Street Nelson Noralez & Byron Marshall The senseless string of murders in the city, however, started early on Saturday morning in an area heavily-trafficked.  Just after two o’clock, an elderly resident accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old were murdered execution-style not far from Cinderalla Plaza and near

Selvin Bahadur Gunned Down on Jones Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Selvin Bahadur Gunned Down on Jones Street Selvin Bahadur As the weekend came to a close, the fifth murder for the Old Capital occurred on Jones Street where a forty-year-old was gunned down in front of his gate. Selvin Bahadur was executed, shot to the forehead at the same spot

Counting the Cost of “Worst” Majestic Alley Fire

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Counting the Cost of “Worst” Majestic Alley Fire On Friday evening, a fire destroyed four buildings in the congested Majestic Alley including the signature “long barracks,” which has eight units and houses as many as thirty people.  When all the numbers were tallied, eighteen families were left homeless and majority

Fire Service Has No Answers

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire Service Has No Answers Benisford Matura So, what caused the fire that wiped out the Barracks and left more than fifty people without a roof over their heads?  There is plenty speculation as to what caused the fire, but today the National Fire Service says there are no answers;

Opposition Leader Makes Bipartisan Call for Help

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Opposition Leader Makes Bipartisan Call for Help Today, Fort George Area Representative Said Musa was joined by Leader of the Opposition John Briceño in appealing for assistance for fire victims.  Briceño made a special call on Government and the people of Belize to give any support they can.   John

Fire, Fire Everywhere! Zericote Street Home Targeted

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire, Fire Everywhere! Zericote Street Home Targeted There were three other fires over the weekend. On Sunday night, a fire took out a small business on Zericote Street in the city. Sometime after seven-thirty p.m., smoke and later flames were spotted coming from the upper flat of the building. The

Belize takes up chairmanship of ACP Sugar sub-committee

Source: The Reporter | Belize takes up chairmanship of ACP Sugar sub-committee LBy Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Belize will take the leading role in helping the sugar industries in the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries deal with the upcoming challenges of this year. H.E. Dr. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium

Days of Healing goes to Orange Walk

Source: The Reporter | Days of Healing goes to Orange Walk By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Residents of the Orange Walk community known as “Backa Town” gathered on Saturday with other residents throughout the district for a Day of Healing. The initiative, hosted by Perry “Stix” Smith, is a day where community members gather for

UB and NICH team up for National Symbols lecture series

Source: The Reporter | UB and NICH team up for National Symbols lecture series By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The University of Belize (UB)), in collaboration with the Museum of Belize, under the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), is holding a lecture series this week, focusing on the national symbols of Belize. Both

BTL launches “The DigiCell Store”

Source: The Reporter | BTL launches “The DigiCell Store” By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Today, Belize Telemedia Limited held the official launch for its newly renovated office called “The DigiCell Store.” The event started off with a brief ceremony and ribbon-cutting at the facility, located at the corner of Bishop and Regent Street. BTL then

Bogus, not bold: Briceño answers Barrow on 2017 budget

Source: Amandala News | Bogus, not bold: Briceño answers Barrow on 2017 budget BELMOPAN, Cayo, Thurs. Mar. 23, 2017–Opposition Leader Johnny Briceño, People’s United Party member for Orange Walk Central, this morning opened the debate on the 10th budget tabled in Parliament by the Barrow administration, calling it bogus, and suggesting that the […]

The mysterious “Mr. Middleton” unmasked by Cassanova

Source: Amandala News | The mysterious “Mr. Middleton” unmasked by Cassanova BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. Mar. 22, 2017–The Auditor General’s Special Audit into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Departments of the Immigration Ministry revealed that 8 visa stickers were discovered missing from the Western Border in December 2012. A report from […]

Director of CITO lives in New York!

Source: Amandala News | Director of CITO lives in New York! BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. Mar. 23, 2017–Last year, Candelaria Saldivar, former Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry responsible for Immigration and sister of Belmopan area representative John Saldivar, was put on early retirement after having received an estimated $100,000 in […]

Rotten corned beef controversy sparks ban on imports from Brazil

Source: Amandala News | Rotten corned beef controversy sparks ban on imports from Brazil BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 23, 2017–Belize today joined a number of other Caribbean countries which have imposed a ban on imports of corned beef originating from Brazil, including cans of Grace corned beef, which could have been unscrupulously passed into […]

Aikman, Ashcroft y la era atómica

Source: Amandala News | Aikman, Ashcroft y la era atómica    Los científicos ambientales financiados por el gobierno comenzaron a notar algo curioso: las explosiones nucleares agotan la capa de ozono, que protege la atmósfera de la Tierra. Este hallazgo se relacionaba con observaciones hechas por científicos que no estaban […]

Charles Goff – Belize’s most dominant basketball center!

Source: Amandala News | Charles Goff – Belize’s most dominant basketball center! Belizean 1960s, 70s and 80s basketball has seen many a big man come through the middle on a Belizean basketball court; but through the lens of many Belizean sports enthusiasts, the Belizean basketball center of the great 1970s basketball team, […]

BELIZE’S FOOTBALL GREATNESS – RUPERT “CANALAYTE” ANDERSON!

Source: Amandala News | BELIZE’S FOOTBALL GREATNESS – RUPERT “CANALAYTE” ANDERSON! Meeting the legendary Belizean football goalkeeper, Rupert Anderson, for the first time in person after seeing him play so many games as the “hard to score on” iron clad defense for first Landivar in the 1960s and early 70s, then […]

Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2017 Tournament in Belmopan

Source: Amandala News | Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2017 Tournament in Belmopan Week 4 scores BELMOPAN, Mon. Mar. 20, 2017–The Belmopan Football Association’s (BFA) Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2017 had another hectic weekend of games at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, March 17, (U-17) […]

Raging fires in Belize City, Caye Caulker

Source: The Reporter | Raging fires in Belize City, Caye Caulker By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Fire officials have finished mopping up two fires in Belize City, one of which left numerous families homeless; while another blaze in Caye Caulker destroyed two buildings. Sometime around 4:00 p.m., a fire started at a wooden building near

Calaney Flowers Walks Free of Murder Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Calaney Flowers Walks Free of Murder Charge Calaney Flowers The budget debate proceeded today at the House in Belmopan. We will have all the highlights coming up, but we go to the Supreme Court which this morning delivered a stunning judgement in a murder case.  Calaney Flowers was accused of

“Boots” Defends Pro-Poor Programs at Day 2 of Budget Debate

Source: Channel 5 Belize | “Boots” Defends Pro-Poor Programs at Day 2 of Budget Debate Anthony “Boots” Martinez Turning to the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives this morning…. After being seemingly overwhelmed and nettled by the force and ferocity of the Opposition People’s United Party’s response on the opening day of the debate,

P.U.P.’s Francis Fonseca Says Government Can’t Hide Anymore

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.U.P.’s Francis Fonseca Says Government Can’t Hide Anymore Francis Fonseca But the Opposition P.U.P. proved intractable, convinced that two Belizes exist and that they are further apart than ever before.  Leading off the Budget Debate this morning, former Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca said the United Democratic Party has been exposed

Tracey Panton Says It Was a Good Year for Investment

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Tracey Panton Says It Was a Good Year for Investment Tracey Taegar-Panton Later, it was the turn of Albert area representative and Minister of State for Investment, Trade and Commerce, Tracey Taegar-Panton, to deliver a presentation marked mostly by technical numbers about the work her Ministry has done and plans

Michael Finnegan Trashes P.U.P. Explanations for Superbond

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Michael Finnegan Trashes P.U.P. Explanations for Superbond Michael Finnegan In his usual inimitable style, Mesopotamia area representative Michael Finnegan hit back at the Opposition’s defense of the loans they made under their administration which have become the Superbond. Referencing an old Supreme Court case, Finnegan described the other side as

Cordel Hyde, Kareem Musa Invite U.D.P.’s for a Walk on Southside

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Cordel Hyde, Kareem Musa Invite U.D.P.’s for a Walk on Southside Cordel Hyde We’re not sure if they compared ideas before coming to Belmopan on Thursday, but two People’s United Party area representatives suggested similar methods for having the Government understand the plight of the poor during their Budget presentations

“Sedi” Elrington’s Progresso Heights Case Goes to the C.C.J.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | “Sedi” Elrington’s Progresso Heights Case Goes to the C.C.J. Wilfred Elrington A lawsuit filed against Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington and his law firm, Pitts and Elrington, will be heard in the Caribbean Court of Justice in the months ahead.  The matter involves a real estate company in which Elrington

Calaney Flowers walks!

Source: The Reporter | Calaney Flowers walks! By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter After five years on remand at the Belize Central Prison on a charge of ‘murder’ and ‘attempted murder’, Calaney Flowers is finally free. Justice Troadio Gonzalez handed down the verdict today, saying that Flowers could go free, but warned that there is a

MOH observes World TB Day

Source: The Reporter | MOH observes World TB Day By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Key departments of the Ministry of Health gathered for a health fair today, to educate the public on Tuberculosis, in commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day. The Ministry held the health fair on the Cleopatra White Poly Clinic II compound, in Belize

Culture is the key to better bilateral relations, says Cuban Ambassador

Source: The Reporter | Culture is the key to better bilateral relations, says Cuban Ambassador By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Since her arrival in Belize, Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Belize, Her Excellency Lissette Perez, has been touring the country with the intent of strengthening bilateral relations. Perez explained that

OAS Commission investigation into Danny Conorquie murder

Source: The Reporter | OAS Commission investigation into Danny Conorquie murder By Marion Ali Assistant Editor The same set of international investigators who delved into the shooting death last year of Guatemalan, Julio Alvarado, 13, in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve is now investigating the murder of Belizean Special Constable, Danny Conorquie. He was shot dead

Trouble looming for the sugar industry

Source: The Reporter | Trouble looming for the sugar industry By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The sugar industry in Belize is under increased pressure in 2017, in light of a decision by the European Union (EU) to remove the limitation that it had placed on beet sugar produced within the EU. On October 1, beet

Belize’s borders not recognized, Foreign Minister says

Source: The Reporter | Belize’s borders not recognized, Foreign Minister says By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Belize’s borders are not recognized, not by Guatemala or the international community, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington said last week. Elrington was speaking to reporters following the visit to Belize by Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis

NEMO provides homes for Albert fire victims

Source: The Reporter | NEMO provides homes for Albert fire victims By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Fire victims in the Albert constituency this week received new homes provided by the Ministry responsible for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). On Monday, Minister responsible for NEMO, Edmond Castro handed out the homes to three families who

Introducing Barton Middleton

Source: The Reporter | Introducing Barton Middleton By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The Senate Select Committee learned this week, that the mysterious “Mr. Middleton,” who has been named in several testimonies as a key player in a visa fraud scheme being investigated at the Immigration and Nationality Department, is Barton Lee Middleton of Orange Walk.

A billion more in debt! Legacy forecasts

Source: The Reporter | A billion more in debt! Legacy forecasts By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Belize needs structural reforms to avoid racking up another $1 billion in debt, according to projections made by financial advisory firm, Legacy Fund Ltd. On Thursday, Legacy, in collaboration with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), held

Editorial

Source: The Reporter | Editorial If Belize is looking to create new start-up businesses from among native Belizeans it would be wise to amend the General Sales Tax Law so that start-up businesses can have some breathing room to grow. The General Sales Tax, effective as it has been, is not friendly to start-ups because…

Body parts found in bag, head missing

Source: The Reporter | Body parts found in bag, head missing By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter San Ignacio police are investigating a grizzly murder, in which a yet unidentified woman was dismembered. Police are now hoping to find the body’s missing head to identify the victim. Residents in Blackman Eddy Village made the first horrific

PUP blasts budget on day one of debate

Source: The Reporter | PUP blasts budget on day one of debate By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The People’s United Party (PUP) started day one of the debate on the national budget, taking strong positions against the Government of Belize on several issues. PUP Leader, John Briecño indirectly accused the government of tampering with statistics,

“Bully beef” ban?

Source: The Reporter | “Bully beef” ban? By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter The Government of Belize, through the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), has placed a temporary ban on contaminated corned beef products coming from Brazil, Belize’s main supplier of the “bully beef”. Belize has taken steps to block affected imports from entering the country

“Bogus” 2017 Budget Shredded by Opposition Leader

Source: Channel 5 Belize | “Bogus” 2017 Budget Shredded by Opposition Leader The House of Representatives met in Belmopan today with passions running high for the second reading of the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill, otherwise known as the Budget, which is typically debated for two days. Though slightly less antagonistic than usual, members of

Cordel Says Government Wants to Maintain Pretense

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Cordel Says Government Wants to Maintain Pretense Cordel Hyde If the Leader of the Opposition’s statements were broad and presented the macro picture of the so dubbed Barrow’s bogus budget, then his deputy, Lake Independence’s Cordel Hyde, was more surgical and precise. Hyde leads a division where many feel the

Amid Warning on S.S.B., Cordel Zings John Saldivar

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Amid Warning on S.S.B., Cordel Zings John Saldivar Cordel Hyde After castigating the Government for not providing less vague assurances about how it will address the repayment of the Superbond and Belize’s other debts, Hyde turned his attention to the contemplation of the selling of shares in the nationalized utility

Were “Pro-Poor” Programs Actually Cut?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Were “Pro-Poor” Programs Actually Cut? Hyde also went after what he called cuts to significant portions of the “pro-poor” programs initiated by the Barrow administration, including the food pantry, school feeding program and Apprenticeship Training. The figures, he claimed, were drastically slashed for no apparent reason. But Minister of Education

Will Titan Collect on Judgment for Damages over Raid?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Will Titan Collect on Judgment for Damages over Raid? Ron Knowles & Kelvin Leach Bahamians Ron Knowles and Kelvin Leach were back in court today where a second round of litigation concluded this afternoon in an appeal filed by the Government of Belize.  The principals of the now defunct Titan

G.O.B. Was Acting for U.S. But Who is Responsible?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | G.O.B. Was Acting for U.S. But Who is Responsible? Knowles and Leach were initially claiming damages in excess of twenty million dollars.  That figure was considerably reduced and after taking into account a number of reasons, the final sum was set at eight point eight million dollars.  While the Government

Blackman Eddy Remains are of a Woman Who Died Horribly

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Blackman Eddy Remains are of a Woman Who Died Horribly The recent murder of Keonia Ara was particularly gruesome, but body parts found in the river behind Blackman Eddy this week, tell the tale of a most gory murder.  On Tuesday, arms and legs were found floating in a sack

In Blackman Eddy, More Bones Found; Who Do They Belong To?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | In Blackman Eddy, More Bones Found; Who Do They Belong To? More body parts were found this morning in the Belize River in Blackman Eddy, Cayo District.  On Tuesday afternoon, the hands and feet of a man were found stuffed in a sack. Around eight o’clock this morning, a search

Inez Casanova Speaks About Relationship with Barton Middleton

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Inez Casanova Speaks About Relationship with Barton Middleton A current and a former Immigration officer both appeared before today’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee in Belmopan.  The first, Inez Casanova, has not been directly accused of any wrongdoing.  However, other witnesses have claimed that she had accompanied

Immigration Officer Tells How Authorities Got to Middleton

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Immigration Officer Tells How Authorities Got to Middleton We will come to more of the Orange Walk-based immigration officer’s relationship with Middleton later on, but first, she revealed that she assisted Immigration officers who came to her asking about Middleton. Barton has a brother Eugene, who is a former Immigration

Casanova Says Relationship Never Got Personal

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Casanova Says Relationship Never Got Personal Casanova claims that her relationship with Barton Middleton did not go past occasional conversations while she was driving him to town, and never about Immigration-related matters. But Senators seized on a comment by Middleton to Casanova that she did not have to worry about

How Well Did Inez Casanova Know Barton Middleton?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | How Well Did Inez Casanova Know Barton Middleton? Inez Cassanova How well can you really know a person – especially one to whom you would occasionally allow access to ride in your personal vehicle? In the case of Inez Casanova, the Senate panel was satisfied that she was not directly

COLA Walks Tall Away from “Belcan 6” Bonfire Charges

Source: Channel 5 Belize | COLA Walks Tall Away from “Belcan 6” Bonfire Charges They have been flying under the radar, but today months after they were charged for setting a bonfire at the BelCan Bridge, a group of activists went back to court on what was their final appearance.  They soon exited the courtroom

Musa Questions Where Surplus Will Come From

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Musa Questions Where Surplus Will Come From Kareem Musa Musa also points to what he describes as an odd proposition being made by the Prime Minister where he puts forward that there will be a turnaround of the economy and a projected primary surplus of three point four percent.  This

Hipolito Mai drowns in Biscayne pond

Source: Amandala News | Hipolito Mai drowns in Biscayne pond BISCAYNE, Belize District, Sat. Mar. 18, 2017–  Hipolito Mai, 22, of Old Well Road, Ladyville, drowned when he jumped into a pond in Biscayne at about 5:30 this evening. The body was recovered and taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where […]

Brother chops sister to death

Source: Amandala News | Brother chops sister to death BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 20, 2017–Julianne Burke, 28, had just finished work at Aisha’s Restaurant on Dunn Street at about 8 o’clock Sunday night and was going with her 6-year-old son to her room, which is located in the same […]

Third Belizean killed in Melchor

Source: Amandala News | Third Belizean killed in Melchor MELCHOR DE MENCOS, El Peten, Guatemala, Sun. Mar. 19, 2017–In less than two weeks, another Belizean has been murdered in Melchor. On Friday at approximately 9 p.m., San Jose Succotz resident and tour operator, Carlos “Botty” Manzanero, was seated with […]

“Red Top” did in “El Tigre”

Source: Amandala News | “Red Top” did in “El Tigre” BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 20, 2017–A man known as “El Tigre,” 62, reportedly originally from Corozal Town, a lover of Red Top rum who used to hang out at the Commercial Center on Regent Street with the homeless, and who, […]

Diplomatic relations between Belize and Guatemala not normalized

Source: Amandala News | Diplomatic relations between Belize and Guatemala not normalized BELIZE CITY, Fri. Mar. 17, 2017–Almost a year ago, Guatemala’s Ambassador to Belize, Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas, was called back to Guatemala for consultations, and although a diplomatic note was sent out roughly 2 weeks ago announcing his resumption of […]

Policías, delincuencia y la comunidad

Source: Amandala News | Policías, delincuencia y la comunidad En la Ciudad de Belize, el centro poblacional de la nación, el Departamento de Policía está claramente abrumado por los crímenes violentos y a menudo sensacionales que ocurren con tanta frecuencia que son prácticamente vertiginosos. Los crímenes violentos en la […]

KREM Music Awards 2017 – the best of the best honored

Source: Amandala News | KREM Music Awards 2017 – the best of the best honored BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 20, 2017–The annual KREM Music Awards, our local version of the Grammy Awards, was the occasion for a red-carpet rollout at the Bliss Institute on Saturday night. Artists from every crevice emerged from their respective corner

Cops, crime, and the community

Source: Amandala News | Cops, crime, and the community In Belize City, the nation’s population center, the Police Department is clearly overwhelmed by the violent and often sensational crimes which occur so frequently as to be practically dizzying. Violent crime in Belize City has been the order of the […]

FFB launches National Amateur Women’s League

Source: Amandala News | FFB launches National Amateur Women’s League BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 20, 2017–This past weekend, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) kicked off its National Amateur Women’s League football tournament with Week 1 games being played at 4 different venues across the country. According to release late […]

Human Remains Found near Blackman Eddy

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Human Remains Found near Blackman Eddy Tonight, villages in central Cayo District are on edge after another gruesome discovery was made around two this afternoon. A group of boys hunting iguana on the banks of the Belize River in Blackman Eddy village came across far bigger prey – the remains

Police Catch Up with Accused Sister-Killer Elijah Burke

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Police Catch Up with Accused Sister-Killer Elijah Burke Elijah Burke In the case of another gruesome murder, Elijah Burke, a Belize City resident, is in police hands awaiting arraignment in court for the hacking of his sister. It is not known what triggered the savage murder of Julian Burke by

APAMO Continues Challenge to Government on Taxes

Source: Channel 5 Belize | APAMO Continues Challenge to Government on Taxes Government is proposing to increase departure tax for visitors to Belize to forty US dollars from thirty-five. It intends to raise as much as eleven million dollars from this tax alone. The rise forms part of its plan to raise eighty million dollars

Immigration Tells Why Lines are Long at P.G.I.A.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Immigration Tells Why Lines are Long at P.G.I.A. In a classic case of “progress brings problems,” the Department of Immigration and Nationality has responded to concerns that its nineteen-member staff at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville has been overwhelmed with the higher proportion of tourist arrivals in the

Court of Appeal Orders Retrial for 3 Accused of Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Court of Appeal Orders Retrial for 3 Accused of Murder In October 2015, Judge Troadio “John” Gonzalez ruled that three Belize City men accused of the 2012 shooting murder of B.D.F. Soldier James Noralez had no case to answer.  The trio Tyrone Meighan, Brandon Baptist and Orel Leslie Junior were

Police Finally Charge Kenzle Hulse in “Pistol-Whipping” Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Police Finally Charge Kenzle Hulse in “Pistol-Whipping” Case Godwin Hulse Two months after the incident was first reported to police, twenty-seven year old Kenzle Hulse has been charged with harm. It was announced late this evening that the businessman from Cohune Walk Area is accused of assaulting Alberto Santos Lopez

Belize Gets Disaster Risk Donation

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Belize Gets Disaster Risk Donation The Government of Belize has signed into a major insurance agreement with Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, known as CCRIF. The signing took place today in Belize City and will benefit the work of the National Meteorological Service. CCRIF has been providing funding for post

SIF Gets Infusion of Cash for Poverty Alleviation

Source: Channel 5 Belize | SIF Gets Infusion of Cash for Poverty Alleviation The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved ten million U.S. dollars to the Government in support of strengthening the Belize Social Investment Fund in order for it to continue providing services to poor and vulnerable communities across Belize. In a release issued

Recognizing the Worth of Social Workers

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Recognizing the Worth of Social Workers Today, the Human Services Department services joined the rest of the world to observe World Social Work Day. Since 1983, the day has been celebrated around the world on March twenty-first to showcase achievements of social work and increase its visibility, but also to

More on Budget from Economist Dr. Densil Williams

Source: Channel 5 Belize | More on Budget from Economist Dr. Densil Williams Densil Williams The 2017 budget which outlines government’s projected expenditure for the upcoming fiscal year will be debated in the House of Representatives at length on Thursday and Friday.  Ahead of that examination by parliamentarians on both sides of the floor, a

Sustaining Coastal Growth and the Environment

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Sustaining Coastal Growth and the Environment This week, the Coastal Zone Management Authority Institute is observing Coastal Awareness Week.  In its third year, the event draws attention to the importance of sustainable coastal management and at the same time it connects partners.  We spoke with Marketing Officer of the Coastal

Kids Quizzed over Coastal Awareness

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Kids Quizzed over Coastal Awareness As part of the activities, today the Coastal Zone Authority held a trivia competition that saw the participation from schools across the city. The purpose is to raise awareness and the organizers say that the children demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the topics surrounding coastal

Woman chopped to death in Belize City; did her brother do it?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Woman chopped to death in Belize City; did her brother do it? Tonight there is a most disturbing case of fratricide to report involving a pair of siblings in the King’s Park community. A brother reportedly hacked his sister with a machete and within twenty-four hours she was dead. On

No need for diplomatic note on murder, says F.M.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | No need for diplomatic note on murder, says F.M. Wilfred Elrington We asked Foreign Minister Elrington if there will be a protest note sent to the Guatemalan government in the wake of the fatal shooting. According to the F.M., it is not the normal practice of the ministry to issue

With E.U. quota gone, cane farmers must be competitive

Source: Channel 5 Belize | With E.U. quota gone, cane farmers must be competitive Will Belizean cane sugar remain viable on the European market in 2018?  A gradual shift to cheaper beet sugar produced within the European Union will force stakeholders in the local sugar industry to become more competitive with the quality and prices

Agriculture C.E.O. pushes crop diversity

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Agriculture C.E.O. pushes crop diversity According to Alpuche, the effect of European producers boxing out the competition can be devastating to local farmers if they do not diversify their crops.   Jose Alpuche, Minister of Agriculture Jose Alpuche “There was also an issue of diversification of the sector itself and

Ministries can make do with 2017 budget, says Elrington

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Ministries can make do with 2017 budget, says Elrington The fiscal year 2017 commences on April first and the budget for the upcoming financial calendar has been presented by the Barrow administration.  While the annual financial plan will be debated at the end of the week, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Two charged for girl’s murder

Source: The Reporter | Two charged for girl’s murder Investigators in Belmopan have been successful in cracking open the murder case of an 18-year-old girl whose body was found at the Belmopan dumpsite last weekend. Shaylon Santos, 20, a resident of Teakettle village and Jaime Patnett, 22, of a Star Apple street address will be

Tourist drowns in Placencia

Source: The Reporter | Tourist drowns in Placencia An American tourist who was vacationing with family members in Placencia, drowned unexpectedly late Tuesday evening. On Tuesday around 6:30 p.m., Steven Gail Wine, a 53 year-old American of Colorado was with his wife and other family members socializing at Barefoot Bar, when Wine left the group

17 year-old dies after allegedly colliding into parked vehicle

Source: The Reporter | 17 year-old dies after allegedly colliding into parked vehicle By Michelle Sutherland A seventeen year old teenager of St. Matthews village succumbed to injuries he sustained after he was involved in a collision on the Franks Eddy village road this past weekend. Police Investigations have since revealed that on Saturday March

Belizean executed in Guatemala, shot multiple times

Source: The Reporter | Belizean executed in Guatemala, shot multiple times By Michelle Sutherland A Belizean man was executed in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala last weekend just two weeks shy of celebrating his 24th birthday. The incident took place on Sunday March 12. Amadeoes Gaspar Teck, a Belizean resident of Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo was

GOB’s new departure tax cut be bad for business says BTIA

Source: The Reporter | GOB’s new departure tax cut be bad for business says BTIA By Benjamin Flowers The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), said this week, that the new changes in the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) Act, could raise departure taxes detrimentally high for the tourism industry. Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented the

Growing Belize’s exports of services and goods

Source: The Reporter | Growing Belize’s exports of services and goods Belize’s exports have traditionally been raw materials from agriculture, forest and fisheries, but with tourism now its fastest growing service sector, the quest to expand Belize’s export of services has become a team effort. To this end, representatives of the Customs, Fisheries, Transport and

Keep your children close, Magistrate warns

Source: The Reporter | Keep your children close, Magistrate warns A working mom has been ordered to pay a fine of $500.00 because the court found she had been negligent in allowing her 13 year- old son to be out on the street after 9 o’clock at night. She could have been fined $1,500, or

GOB hands out new computers

Source: The Reporter | GOB hands out new computers By Benjamin Flowers The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, handed over 25 new computers to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Hydrology and Agriculture departments, to assist them in improving their productivity. The ministry handed over the computers, a

Blood clots and their risks

Source: The Reporter | Blood clots and their risks By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A blood clot that is stationary, such as on the skin, or elsewhere, is generally not harmful, but if it is in a vein and breaks up and travels to your heart and lungs, it could become a serious health factor

Fire official says Prince Street fire started on a bed

Source: The Reporter | Fire official says Prince Street fire started on a bed By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A fire which destroyed a house owned and occupied by Arilee Scott of Prince Street, was started on a bed on the upper flat. Operations Officer at the Fire Department, Benesford Matura told reporters on Thursday

Ladyville resident drowns

Source: The Reporter | Ladyville resident drowns By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man from Ladyville reportedly drowned on Saturday. Unofficial reports are that Hipolito Mai, 22, a resident of Lake Gardens, Ladyville, drowned sometime Saturday afternoon in the Biscayne Village, about 13 miles further north. Police have not released any details of the incident

Man shot Friday

Source: The Reporter | Man shot Friday By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two men were shot on Friday night. Police say that sometime before 8:00 p.m., Marlon Tevin Garbutt, 21, of #130 Vernon Street was shot in the right foot. Garbutt was reportedly socializing in front of Gian Nei Chinese shop at #89 Vernon Street

Media boycott remains!

Source: Amandala News | Media boycott remains! Whylie and Aragon need to “get the sense” that the media and police must function in an atmosphere of mutual respect. BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 16, 2017–For the first time in its evolving history, Belize’s various media outlets have come […]

Two men charged for Kenora Ara’s horrendous murder

Source: Amandala News | Two men charged for Kenora Ara’s horrendous murder BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. Mar. 16, 2017–It appears that police have solved the horrendous murder of Kenora Gabby Ara, 18, of Blackman Eddy whose corpse was found smoldering and burned almost beyond recognition after she was stabbed multiple times and […]

Louise Berry, 86, burnt to death in house fire

Source: Amandala News | Louise Berry, 86, burnt to death in house fire BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 16, 2017–Louise Berry, 86, an unemployed resident of Iguana Street, was burned to death inside her house when it became engulfed in flames at about 1:30 this morning. Berry was sleeping in her one-flat lumber house […]

From the Publisher (en Español)

Source: Amandala News | From the Publisher (en Español)    CIUDAD DE BELIZE, vie. 23 de noviembre (1990)    KREMANDALA levantó formalmente el boicot a Coca Cola, Fanta y Sprite el sábado 17 de noviembre, luego de la dimisión del ejecutivo de la Asociación Nacional de Fútbol de Belize […]

El nuevo Centenario

Source: Amandala News | El nuevo Centenario    En julio de 1919 un número de ex-militares de Belize que habían servido en la Primera Guerra Mundial bajo los británicos regresaron a Belize totalmente disgustados con el tratamiento racista que habían sufrido en el extranjero a manos de […]

The new Centenary

Source: Amandala News | The new Centenary    In July 1919 a number of ex-Servicemen from Belize who had served in the First World War under the British returned to Belize totally disgusted with the racist treatment they had suffered abroad at the hands of the British […]

Jules writes ComPol Whylie

Source: Amandala News | Jules writes ComPol Whylie Mr. Allen Whylie Commissioner of Police Police Headquarters Belmopan Mr. George Lovell Chief Executive Officer Ministry of Home Affairs Belmopan March 16, 2017 Commissioner, We met on January 11, 2017, at Old Belize to discuss the state of police/media relations. […]

Time for cops to quit doing “special duty”

Source: Amandala News | Time for cops to quit doing “special duty” Dear Editor, Last week, Sister Yaya posted on facebook an observation she made about what she thought was a uniformed police officer standing duty at a Chinese restaurant in Belize City. It turns out that the police officer was indeed […]

Belizean woman knocked down and killed in Melchor

Source: Amandala News | Belizean woman knocked down and killed in Melchor BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 16, 2017–A San Ignacio woman died after she was knocked down on Monday while seeking to buy medication at a pharmacy in Melchor, Guatemala, for her ailing mother. According to a Guatemalan newspaper, Peten La Verdad […]

Belize, Guatemala break deadlock with recent meeting

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Belize, Guatemala break deadlock with recent meeting There was a meeting earlier this week between Belize and Guatemala’s Foreign Ministers. The last time they met was in June 2016 at the O.A.S. Headquarters in Washington when tensions built up considerably over the Guatemalan’s presence in the Sarstoon. But before that,

Work on Sarstoon Protocol drags; no confrontation at border

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Work on Sarstoon Protocol drags; no confrontation at border The June 2016 meeting in Washington discussed the heavy presence of the Guatemalan Military in the Sarstoon. At the time Guatemala committed to the Sarstoon Protocol to ease tensions since the military was preventing the free flow of travel by Belizeans

O.A.S.’ Almagro commits to settling Guat claim ‘by law’

Source: Channel 5 Belize | O.A.S.’ Almagro commits to settling Guat claim ‘by law’ Luis Almagro Now to the visit of Secretary General Luis Almagro. Prior to his arrival in Belize, Ambassador Almagro was in neighboring Guatemala where he also met with high-level government officials in that country.  While there, a meeting with foreign ministers

Almagro tours Guatemala border communities

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Almagro tours Guatemala border communities As we’ve mentioned, Almagro arrived to Belize from Guatemala. While there, he was accompanied by Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales to several communities, including Monte Los Olivos and Las Flores.  According to Almagro, being on the ground has given him a better appreciation of the

Keonia Ara murder accused appear in court

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Keonia Ara murder accused appear in court The two men accused of the gruesome murder of eighteen-year-old Keonia Ara were formally arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court this morning. Teakettle residents, twenty-two year old Jaime Patnett and twenty year old Shaylon Santos appeared before a Magistrate and have been remanded

Belize’s borders are not recognized, warns Sedi

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Belize’s borders are not recognized, warns Sedi Wilfred Elrington The purpose of the visit of the Secretary General of the O.A.S. was to push for an early referendum and to take the claim for resolution at the International Court of Justice. On this side of the border it is already

P.U.P. lends support to O.A.S.’ role in mediating dispute

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.U.P. lends support to O.A.S.’ role in mediating dispute The O.A.S. Secretary General, while in Belize City this morning, made a brief visit to Independence Hall where he called on Leader of the Opposition John Briceño.  The discussion was described as hearty, touching on a range of national issues, including

2 from Teakettle Charged in Keonia Ara Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 2 from Teakettle Charged in Keonia Ara Murder Shaylon Santos Two young men from the village of Teakettle are facing charges of murder in connection with the brutal slaying of eighteen-year-old Keonia Ara over the weekend.  As we’ve reported, the charred remains of the teenager were discovered on Saturday afternoon

Fatal Flash Fire Traps 86-Year-Old Louise Berry

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fatal Flash Fire Traps 86-Year-Old Louise Berry There have been two fires in the past two days in Belize City, one of which was fatal for an elderly woman. The most recent fire occurred just after one a.m. today as members of an Iguana Street household were in slumber. The

Fire Department Chasing Suspected Cause of Prince Street Fire

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire Department Chasing Suspected Cause of Prince Street Fire The other fire occurred on Wednesday morning on Price Street in downtown Belize City. Sometime after seven o’clock, Arilee Scott and her four-year-old grandson were inside the two storey wooden structure when a fire broke inside a bedroom on the upper

APAMO Attempts to Persuade G.O.B. Not to Tax PACT

Source: Channel 5 Belize | APAMO Attempts to Persuade G.O.B. Not to Tax PACT The first serious objection to the bundle of tax measures introduced by Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the government at Monday’s budget presentation was raised by the Belize Tourism Industry Association a day later. They and the Association for Protected Areas

Your Bottle of Rum May Cost a Lot More in April

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Your Bottle of Rum May Cost a Lot More in April News Five has uncovered information of an unreported, unexpected increase in the excise tax on rum, reported to us at as much as a hundred-percent increase.  It has been proposed to raise the tax from ninety to one hundred

How BPIS Failed in Won Hong Kim Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize | How BPIS Failed in Won Hong Kim Case Rodolfo Bol Bol was also questioned on the most infamous example of how the Belize Passport and Information System was breached during the tenure covered by the Auditor General’s Report from 2011 to 2013. That is South Korean fugitive Won Hong Kim,

Man Dodges Heavy Sentence for Throw-Away Gun

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Man Dodges Heavy Sentence for Throw-Away Gun Stephen Mejia Twenty-year-old Stephen Mejia of Antelope Street in Belize City is behind bars after he was sentenced to one year in prison for keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. In September of last year, Mejia was busted with a loaded nine millimeter

B.T.I.A. Calls for More Spending on Tourism Destinations

Source: Channel 5 Belize | B.T.I.A. Calls for More Spending on Tourism Destinations John Burgos On Wednesday night, we told you about the B.T.I.A.’s strong position on G.O.B.’s proposed revenue measures which include increasing the PACT fee, as well as taking ten percent of the2017-2018 income of some statutory boards like PACT and B.T.B.   Executive

25 years of Healthy Teeth with Project Smile

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 25 years of Healthy Teeth with Project Smile A dental initiative for Anglican primary schools in Belize City has students motivated to smile and show off their clean, pearly whites. Project Smile is a dental program of the Episcopal Church of Savannah, Georgia that sees hundreds of students on an

The “Y” Marks 61 Years

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The “Y” Marks 61 Years The YWCA is celebrating sixty-one years of being in Belize. To mark this milestone, on Sunday they started a week of activities under the theme “Empowering Women in a Changing World.” News Five’s Andrea Polanco stopped in at the YWCA on Wednesday for a youth

Seasons of Sickness: Healthy Living Tells What to Watch For

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Seasons of Sickness: Healthy Living Tells What to Watch For Doctors are accustomed to seeing cases of certain illnesses rise at specific times of the year. This time of year – although the weather is quite “UN-Marchlike” – pediatricians tend to see increases in asthma attacks and a few other

Family Mourns Terrible End for Keonia Ara, 18

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Family Mourns Terrible End for Keonia Ara, 18 Keonia Ara The family of eighteen-year old Keonia Ara of Blackman Eddy continues to reel over her gruesome murder over the weekend. Ara was stabbed multiple times, her throat slit and then her body set on fire at the Belmopan dump. A

B.T.I.A.: New Tax Measures Bad for Tourism

Source: Channel 5 Belize | B.T.I.A.: New Tax Measures Bad for Tourism On Monday, the Prime Minister presented the new budget. For the first time, the Government is proposing to collect over one billion dollars in tax revenues, an increase of eighty-eight million dollars from last year.  To improve revenue, there has been some tightening

Tourism Stakeholders Want G.O.B./B.T.B. Held Accountable

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Tourism Stakeholders Want G.O.B./B.T.B. Held Accountable John Burgos The Belize Tourism Board has been asked by industry operators to account for its sizable income and revenue, especially as it relates to tourism marketing. So, what would a cut into the B.T.B.’s income mean for the work that they do for

Tourism Minister Weighs in Budget

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Tourism Minister Weighs in Budget Manuel Heredia Jr. The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is reporting minimal cuts in its budget for the fiscal year. However, there has been increased taxation on the industry in the form of the environmental tax on imported goods and the increase in departure

Diego Bol Addresses I.T. Management for Kim Passport

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Diego Bol Addresses I.T. Management for Kim Passport Rodolfo Bol Two of the scheduled three witnesses for today’s public hearings of the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration testified. They are current information technology manager Rodolfo Bol and former database administrator, now Acting Director of the Central Information Technology Office

Who Controls Passport Machine?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Who Controls Passport Machine? Bol disputed the Auditor General’s assertion that inactive users were not removed from the system under his tenure. He pointed out that he and his successor as Systems Administrator, Georgia Bowen, held sole power to change the passwords and user roles of fellow Department employees, but

O.A.S. Secretary General Visits Guatemala on Way to Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize | O.A.S. Secretary General Visits Guatemala on Way to Belize We reported on Tuesday night, that the O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Miguel Almagro arrives in Belize on Thursday though the nature of his visit has not been confirmed.  A number of high-level meetings are on the agenda for the overnight visit,

Fire Guts Family House in Belize City Again

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fire Guts Family House in Belize City Again The house belonging to the Scott family of Prince Street, Belize City was struck by fire this morning.  Six family members occupied the upper flat of the two-storey wooden building where the fire broke.  Arliee Scott, who lives on the ground floor

Police-Media Relations Sink to New Low

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Police-Media Relations Sink to New Low Over the past three weekends, there has been a considerable increase in homicides across the country; the most recent being a string of unrelated murders, including that of sixty-six-year-old Elbert Gillett.  The elderly cab driver was shot and killed, before being dumped in a

When a Cruise Port for Belize City?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | When a Cruise Port for Belize City? When will Belize City get a functioning cruise port? It has been a favourite question of tour operators who see potential in the cruise product whether at Stake Bank off the north coast or in Port Loyola on Southside. The former has been

More Airlines, More Hotel Rooms – Tourism on the Up

Source: Channel 5 Belize | More Airlines, More Hotel Rooms – Tourism on the Up There’s been a lot tonight on the tourism industry…Saturday’s Southwest Airlines’ touchdown at the Philip Goldson International Airport will not be the last arrival of an airline in Belize for the year. Apart from Southwest’s own introduction of a Fort

3 men arraigned for invading Burrell Boom home

Source: Amandala News | 3 men arraigned for invading Burrell Boom home One of the men was armed with a handgun and he allegedly pistol-whipped the homeowner BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 13, 2017–Three residents of Burrell Boom were remanded to the Belize Central Prison this morning after they were arraigned on a […]

A billion dollars in taxes!

Source: Amandala News | A billion dollars in taxes! From “An economy imperiled” to “Bouncing back – a bold Belizean recovery!” BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Mon. Mar. 13, 2017–An $80 million menu of tax measures was formally unveiled in the National Assembly this morning by Prime Minister and Minister of […]

Police charge Corporal Darrel “Tutsi” Usher with drug trafficking

Source: Amandala News | Police charge Corporal Darrel “Tutsi” Usher with drug trafficking Usher will be arraigned in court tomorrow, Tuesday BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 13, 2017–The buzz around the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this morning was that police would bring Corporal Darrel “Tutsi” Usher to face a drug trafficking charge. The morning […]

Belizean murdered in Melchor

Source: Amandala News | Belizean murdered in Melchor BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 13, 2017–We have received confirmed reports that a Belizean man was killed across the Guatemalan border over the weekend. According to our police sources, the victim has been identified as Amadeo Teck. He is in his […]

Economy shrank 0.8% in 2016, but 3% rebound forecast for 2017

Source: Amandala News | Economy shrank 0.8% in 2016, but 3% rebound forecast for 2017 Finance Minister cites Central Bank forecast for “…a muscular 3.5 percent recovery in 2017” BELMOPAN, Cayo, Mon. Mar. 13, 2017–Last December, the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) reported to the press that the Belizean economy had contracted by 0.7% for

Bandits remain undefeated at Week 8

Source: Amandala News | Bandits remain undefeated at Week 8 PLB playoff race heats up BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 13, 2017–At the end of Week 8 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2016-2017 Closing Season, it is again shaping up to be a rough ride for a number of […]

Decomposing corpse of missing taxi driver found   

Source: Amandala News | Decomposing corpse of missing taxi driver found    BELIZE CITY, Sun. Mar. 12, 2017–The search for taxi driver Elbert Gillett, 66, of Belize City, who was reported missing after he failed to return home after leaving at about 11:00 Thursday night to work in his cab, came to […]

18 Year Old Kerona Ara is Belmopan Dump Murder Victim

Source: Channel 5 Belize | 18 Year Old Kerona Ara is Belmopan Dump Murder Victim Kerona Ara The identity of a female who was stabbed multiple times, her throat slit and then set on fire has been determined. Her body was found over the weekend at the Belmopan dumpsite by a caretaker.  She had been

A Closer Look at the 2017-2018 Budget

Source: Channel 5 Belize | A Closer Look at the 2017-2018 Budget News Five has begun its review of the 2017-2018 General Revenue and Appropriations Bill, also known as the Budget, which is scheduled to be debated on the second reading on Thursday, March twenty-third and Friday, March twenty-fourth. The Government of Belize is projecting

“Forum Shopping” Behind Trial of Belize Bank Case?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | “Forum Shopping” Behind Trial of Belize Bank Case? Denys Barrow The question of whether or not the case is deliberately being retried is also central to the argument.  According to Barrow, government decided at the eleventh hour to challenge the enforcement proceedings.  Despite being able to mount a successful legal

Will Judgment be Binding in the End?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Will Judgment be Binding in the End? Eamon Courtenay Courtenay maintains that government took the decision of the CCJ to the U.S. jurisdiction and requested that the enforcement not be granted.  Barrow, on the other hand, says that the decision of the high court is being undermined by the actions

Prime Minister Fights on Over B.T.L. Settlement

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Prime Minister Fights on Over B.T.L. Settlement Is the Government conceding that the former owners of Belize Telemedia Limited have triumphed in relation to the second payment of the B.T.L. settlement? It is due later this year and part of the hefty price tag has to do with the Accommodation

O.A.S.’ Almagro Comes to Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize | O.A.S.’ Almagro Comes to Belize Luis Almagro It has not been officially announced, but the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro arrives in Belize this Thursday. This is Almagro’s second visit to Belize, the first was last April when he was present for the program for

The Ever-Changing Illegal Activities in the Chiquibul

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The Ever-Changing Illegal Activities in the Chiquibul The huge expanse of the Chiquibul National Park has been under continuous threat for all sorts of illegal activities over the years. The protected area has an abundance of highly sought natural resources by persons from across the border. Tonight, the news is

Who Will and Will Not be Affected by Statutory Board Demand

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Who Will and Will Not be Affected by Statutory Board Demand Dean Barrow As we first reported last week, the Government is demanding ten percent of the revenue of statutory bodies to go into the Consolidated Revenue Fund. A Cabinet committee is reviewing the performance of statutory bodies to see

P.M. Gives Thumbs Down to Eric Chang, Patrick Tillett

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Gives Thumbs Down to Eric Chang, Patrick Tillett Patrick Tillett & Eric Chang Three witnesses are to be called for Wednesday’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee. But the testimonies of former Deputy Mayor of Belize City, Eric Chang, and former Financial Controller of the Belize City

Manuel Heredia Jr. Ready for Senate Inquiry

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Manuel Heredia Jr. Ready for Senate Inquiry Manuel Heredia Jr. It may be a while before any Ministers of Government are called before the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration, but quite a few, past and present, have had to sweat out recent weeks as their names were called in

Cop Charged Over Weed Interdicted

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Cop Charged Over Weed Interdicted Darrel Usher Interdicted police officer, Corporal Darrel Usher, who over the weekend was allegedly busted with a huge amount of cannabis, was today arraigned after a number of issues delayed his arraignment on Monday at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. At ten o’clock this morning,

Man Convicted of Aggravated Assault

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Man Convicted of Aggravated Assault Austin DeCosta Austin DeCosta was found guilty of aggravated assault upon a woman. The forty-three-year-old resident of Caye Caulker appeared in court today to answer to the charge for an incident that happened back in September 2016. He was found guilty and sentenced to two

Is Shyne the Right Choice for Music and Politics?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Is Shyne the Right Choice for Music and Politics? Shyne Exit Dean, enter Shyne? The entertainer-turned-aspiring politician has made no secret of his plans to succeed uncle and mentor Michael Finnegan, who recently announced plans to step down as area representative of Mesopotamia division. After deportation from the U.S., Prime

Why Re-Registration Cannot Happen this Year

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Why Re-Registration Cannot Happen this Year Dean Barrow Re-registration of voters will be put off until 2018, but the Prime Minister has committed to having it happening before re-districting of electoral boundaries and a referendum on the International Court of Justice, as requested by various parties including, in the House

How to Fix Education Curricula

Source: Channel 5 Belize | How to Fix Education Curricula The Ministry of Education kicked off its two-day consultation workshop with principals, heads of school boards, and other education partners to engage in a discussion on how curriculums can be streamlined to improve education offering through content and delivery. This is being done to ensure

Flying the Skies with Southwest Airlines

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Flying the Skies with Southwest Airlines On Saturday afternoon, Southwest Airlines gave Belizean tourism officials a “Rocky Mountain High.” But it was not the kind induced by marijuana, though that is also legal in the state of Colorado. The airline, already connected to Belize from Houston, Texas, inaugurated its first

Pigs of Belize …

Source: Amandala News | Pigs of Belize … BELIZE CITY, Wed. March 8, 2017 Trade unionists who attended the Prime Minister’s press conference held this morning to unveil a breakthrough in the superbond negotiations, left clueless on what new tax measures would be tabled at the reading of […]

Cerdos de Belize…

Source: Amandala News | Cerdos de Belize… CIUDAD DE BELIZE, mié. 8 de Marzo de 2017 Los sindicalistas que asistieron a la conferencia de prensa del Primer Ministro celebrada esta mañana para desvelar un avance en las negociaciones del súper bono, partieron sin saber qué nuevas medidas […]

Factors influencing children’s health: Immunizations

Source: Amandala News | Factors influencing children’s health: Immunizations Hello everyone. Today we’ll share some valuable information about some of the factors that influence children’s health: Immunizations. Vaccinations are developed to guard children and adults against potentially lethal and previously prevalent childhood diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus […]

PM’s Budget Touts “Bold, Belizean Recovery”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | PM’s Budget Touts “Bold, Belizean Recovery” The much anticipated 2017-2018 Budget was considered a crossroads for the Government and people of Belize.  The country faces heavy external debts including the Belize Telemedia Limited settlement and arbitration awards as well as a weakened economy and low investor confidence; not to mention,

Opposition Leader Accuses G.O.B. of “Cooking the Books”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Opposition Leader Accuses G.O.B. of “Cooking the Books” John Briceño His formal remarks will be made in the coming Budget Debate, but today Leader of the Opposition John Briceño offered his first review of the Prime Minister’s Budget, and to say the least, he found it unbelievable. Barrow, Briceño said,

Superbond is Done Deal, But is it a Good Deal?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Superbond is Done Deal, But is it a Good Deal? Dean Barrow It’s now official: Superbond 3.0 is a go.  Though the Consent Solicitation Offer has been extended to Wednesday of this week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that a three-quarter majority of bondholders agreed as of Friday to the

Back to C.C.J. on B.T.L?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Back to C.C.J. on B.T.L? As part of his Budget address, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave an update on the continued wrangles with the former owners of Belize Telemedia Limited and the owners of the various arbitral awards. He hinted that Government may again go to the Caribbean Court of

Arguments Begin to Discharge Belize Bank Injunction on Arbitral Award

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Arguments Begin to Discharge Belize Bank Injunction on Arbitral Award Attorneys for the Belize Bank, as well as the Government of Belize, filed into the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin shortly before eleven o’clock this morning.  The litigants were there in an attempt to convince the presiding justice of

Woman’s Life Gruesomely Ended in Belmopan

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Woman’s Life Gruesomely Ended in Belmopan A woman was gruesomely murdered over the weekend and police need the public’s assistance to determine the identity of who at this point is Jane Doe. Here is the little known so far. The woman had tattoos on her arm and is of fair

“G-Mike” Usher Cut Down by Bullets in Hattieville

Source: Channel 5 Belize | “G-Mike” Usher Cut Down by Bullets in Hattieville Michael Usher Michael Usher was shot and killed in his yard on Saturday night sometime around nine. According to the family, just over a month ago, Usher moved to Hattieville to live with his aunt and her common-law-husband. Vinette Arnold told News

Charge for Accused Killer in Domestic Dispute

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Charge for Accused Killer in Domestic Dispute Marcelino Chan A twenty-five-year-old man has been charged for the stabbing death of fifty-four-year-old Marcelino Chan.  Last month we told you how Chan a cane cutter of San Roman Village in Orange Walk was stabbed to death when he tried to intervene in

Police find body of missing Belize City taxi driver

Source: The Reporter | Police find body of missing Belize City taxi driver By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police on Sunday night confirmed that a body found on the George Price highway is that of Elbert Gillett, 66, a taxi driver of Belize City who was reported missing last Wednesday. Gillett’s badly decomposed body was

Burnt body of female found in Belmopan

Source: The Reporter | Burnt body of female found in Belmopan By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter There are reports that a partially burnt body of a female was discovered near a dumpsite in Belmopan late Saturday evening. Unofficial reports are that at around 2:00 p.m., a female body with its head completely burnt off was

Murder in Hattieville!

Source: The Reporter | Murder in Hattieville! By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter A Hattieville resident was fatally shot by an unknown gunman on Saturday night, while he was sitting on his varanda. Police say that at around 8:55 p.m., 35 year-old Michael Usher was sitting outside his house on a bucket, at a Foster Drive

GOB wants to raise $70 mil more in new budget year

Source: Amandala News | GOB wants to raise mil more in new budget year BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 8, 2017–Trade unionists who attended the Prime Minister’s press conference held this morning to unveil a breakthrough in the superbond negotiations, left clueless on what new tax measures would be tabled at the reading of the […]

The billion-dollar superbond problem: has it really been solved?

Source: Amandala News | The billion-dollar superbond problem: has it really been solved? BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 8, 2017–A quick tally of interest payments made by the Government of Belize since 2002 on what is now the billion-dollar superbond, being restructured now for the third time, reveals that the figure is roughly a […]

Stormy Monday

Source: Amandala News | Stormy Monday “They call it Stormy Monday, but Tuesday is just as bad …”       – STORMY MONDAY, original lyrics by T-Bone Walker, 1947 “An older, more modest, and more mature view of the presidency was summed up by Calvin […]

Yes to Pro-Organic Belize!

Source: Amandala News | Yes to Pro-Organic Belize! Dear Editor, Russia recently announced that they will become the world’s largest exporter of healthy, non-GMO, non-industrialized food. However, their market is mostly Europe. This is a great opportunity for Belize to become a substantial exporter of healthy, non-GMO food […]

Romel Cuello says, absurd ideas …

Source: Amandala News | Romel Cuello says, absurd ideas … Editor Amandala Dear Sir, Am hearing two going backwards and absurd ideas floating around – the enforcement of having to present an income tax release to leave the country. Man, this thing dates back to when King Hatchet was a […]

‘Backs strengthen attack with Belizean superstar

Source: Amandala News | ‘Backs strengthen attack with Belizean superstar Atlanta, GA (March 7, 2017)-The Atlanta Silverbacks Football Club has signed Deon McCaulay for the 2017 NPSL season. McCaulay most recently played for Verdes FC in the Belize Premier Football League. The 5’93 forward turns 30 this September and looks […]

I commend Mr. Evan X Hyde

Source: Amandala News | I commend Mr. Evan X Hyde Dear Editor, I read with great interest, the article in your Amandala of Tuesday, February 28, 2017 covering the very “historical” Address given by your Publisher, Mr. Evan X Hyde, at the Christian Workers Union AGM. For the unions and […]

Friends Remember Dr. Rubia Briceño, Lost in Accident

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Friends Remember Dr. Rubia Briceño, Lost in Accident Rubia Briceño The medical community, along with family and friends of Doctor Rubia Briceño, continues to mourn her untimely demise, following a fatal road traffic accident on Thursday afternoon.  The well-known physiotherapist was reportedly on her way to an appointment with a

Who is Really to Blame for Superbond?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Who is Really to Blame for Superbond? John Briceño As is often the case, the Government has tried to shift blame for the results of the Superbond on the P.U.P. as their predecessors in administration. Alleged “failed” projects cited as proceeds of the Superbond range from the former satellite city

Prime Minister Lists Costs of Re-Negotiation

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Prime Minister Lists Costs of Re-Negotiation Dean Barrow At what cost does the renegotiation of the Super Bond come to Belizean taxpayers?  It’s a question that remains to be answered definitively, in dollars and cents.  The proposed offer is expected to be approved by bondholders; however, the price tag for

Foreign Minister Says It Was Worth It

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Foreign Minister Says It Was Worth It Wilfred Elrington The additional expense, as we’ve mentioned, will be placed squarely on the backs of taxpayers.  According to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, it was necessary to restructure the Super Bond in order to save the country from what would have

P.M. Says Budget Will Not Be One of Austerity

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Says Budget Will Not Be One of Austerity The budget for the financial year 2017/2018 will be tabled at the House of Representatives this coming Monday.  It is known that government will have to do belt-tightening and increase revenues through various forms in the range of a reported seventy

Foreign Affairs and Other Ministries Suffer Cuts

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Foreign Affairs and Other Ministries Suffer Cuts Wilfred Elrington Despite the prime minister being mum about specific tax increases, it is known that ministries will experience cutbacks in their budgets. Minister of Foreign Affairs Elrington confirms his ministry is being affected.   Isani Cayetano “The Prime Minister has mentioned that

World Wildlife Fund Launches Petition

Source: Channel 5 Belize | World Wildlife Fund Launches Petition World Wildlife Fund and local partners marked the start of Reef Week with a symbolic handing over of over two hundred and fifty thousand petitions to the office of the Prime Minister. All these petitions were gathered since April of last year through an online

Elrington: Belize Can Be Relieved about Superbond

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Elrington: Belize Can Be Relieved about Superbond Wilfred Elrington Back to the issue of the super bond…It’s restructuring has been balked at by the Opposition who criticize it as nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  Reproach aside, when we caught up with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington today,

Ministry of Agriculture gets new CEO

Source: The Reporter | Ministry of Agriculture gets new CEO Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to its Ministry. Dr. Percival Cho has been appointed to the post and will work sprcifically with Minister

Belize City taxi driver missing

Source: The Reporter | Belize City taxi driver missing By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Belize City police are investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a taxi driver, after he was reported missing on Friday morning by his daughter. Twenty-nine-year-old Karen Gillett told police that on Thursday March 9, at around 11:00 p.m., her

Belize represented at Ministerial Council meeting in Cuba

Source: The Reporter | Belize represented at Ministerial Council meeting in Cuba By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter Belize was present at the 22nd session of the Ordinary Meeting of Ministerial Council, held in Havana, Cuba on March 10, 2017. The meeting was held by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), and highlighted the works that

An ‘Alternative’ View of Superbond 3.0 from P.U.P.

Source: Channel 5 Belize | An ‘Alternative’ View of Superbond 3.0 from P.U.P. John Briceño The People’s United Party has offered a quick response to Wednesday’s analysis of the restructuring of the Superbond by the Prime Minister.  P.U.P. Leader John Briceño says that it isn’t really a restructuring at all.  The result of the U.D.P.’s

How Will G.O.B. Get Tax Monies for Budget?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | How Will G.O.B. Get Tax Monies for Budget? Briceño was joined by attorney Christopher Coye to explain the implications for Belize’s economy. The Prime Minister insisted on Wednesday that Belize would never enter into any stand-by arrangement, much less a full program, with the International Monetary Fund while it is

G.O.B. Walks Back on Re-Registration, P.U.P. Still Pushes

Source: Channel 5 Belize | G.O.B. Walks Back on Re-Registration, P.U.P. Still Pushes John Briceño The Government appears to have a turnaround on the issue of re-registration. The Election and Boundaries Commission had decided a few weeks ago that the exercise, postponed twice since 1997, would be postponed a third time to 2018, which is

Briceño Urges, Don’t Wait to Fix Voters’ Rolls

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Briceño Urges, Don’t Wait to Fix Voters’ Rolls John Briceño Briceño was further questioned about whether it is worth it to wait for the Senate’s inquiry to be completed.  The P.U.P. has a vested interest in pursuing re-registration because of the over two thousand one hundred persons it says illegally

Introducing “Mr. Middleton”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Introducing “Mr. Middleton” Barton Middleton Is this man the shadowy “Mister Middleton” to whom all focus has turned in the ongoing Senate public inquiry? Middleton, we are told, is a car salesman based in Orange Walk Town, but it is his activities in Immigration that have landed him in the

City Doctor Dies in Traffic Accident Down South

Source: Channel 5 Belize | City Doctor Dies in Traffic Accident Down South Rubia Analicia Briceño A fatal road traffic accident was reported sometime after one-thirty this afternoon near mile nine on the Stann Creek Valley Road.  Late this evening, police confirmed that the well-known physical therapist Rubia Analicia Briceño lost her life in the

B.D.F. Reconvenes Inquiry on Training Abuse

Source: Channel 5 Belize | B.D.F. Reconvenes Inquiry on Training Abuse Last week, we aired a video of events that transpired at a training program conducted by the Belize Defense Force of recruits.  The video went viral and became a topic of discussion in many sectors; there are some who believe that the B.D.F. soldiers

Has Eric Chang Cleared His Name?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Has Eric Chang Cleared His Name? Another layer of intrigue has been added to the ongoing investigations of the Senate Special Select Committee. On Wednesday, former Deputy Mayor Eric Chang; accountant and Financial Controller with the Belize City Council Patrick Tillett; and former Immigration Officer at the Western Border Station,

What was Chang Doing in Taiwan?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | What was Chang Doing in Taiwan? Kim Won Hong The then Ambassador of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Cherie Nisbet, detailed in emails later used by the Audit her encounter with Eric Chang on the day he sought Belizean visas for two businessmen from Korea, who were to

P.U.P. Says Time for Criminal Investigation on Immigration,

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.U.P. Says Time for Criminal Investigation on Immigration, John Briceño Comments have been limited in light of the edict of the Standing Orders on publication of evidence from within the Senate Special Select Committee; even though it is broadcasting its hearings live. But that does not prohibit public discourse and

Exhibiting Heroes, Patriots and Benefactors

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Exhibiting Heroes, Patriots and Benefactors Ninth of March is the official Heroes and Benefactors Day, set aside to honor those who have contributed to the development of Belize. While most of you may know about the works and life of Philip Goldson, George Price, Baron Bliss – there are others

The Meaning of “Lone Wrasse”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The Meaning of “Lone Wrasse” “Lone Wrasse” – it sounds like a dirty phrase – but it is OCEANA and the Mexican Institute’s new exhibition, which opens tonight at the Institute on Wilson Street.  The creative showcase subtitled as “exhibition of trashy art” plays on the trash and the specie

Healthy Living Battles Skin Fungus

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Healthy Living Battles Skin Fungus The skin is the largest living organ in our bodies and it is continuously exposed to every environment. The skin is very vulnerable to infections as it is exposed to public surfaces, where other people directly contact. This puts us at a risk for contracting

Man shot while using phone on street

Source: The Reporter | Man shot while using phone on street By Michelle Sutherland A 42-year-old man of a Belize City address was fatally shot multiple times by an unknown assailant while he was standing on Jasmine Street using his cell phone last Saturday night. Police investigations have since confirmed that around 11:50 p.m. last

Young woman perishes in RTA

Source: The Reporter | Young woman perishes in RTA By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Kendra Mejia, 21, became the country’s latest traffic fatality when the minivan she was driving careened off the George Price highway and slammed into a ditch, flipping several times on Tuesday night. Mejia was heading from Benque Viejo del Carmen to

More questionable land transactions involving Vega family unearthed

Source: The Reporter | More questionable land transactions involving Vega family unearthed By Marion Ali Assistant Editor The Reporter has confirmed several other questionable land transactions that occurred while former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega was the minister responsible for lands, and involving his family members. The documents show that while Vega was Minister of

P.M. Touts Savings of New Superbond to Honor G.O.B. Commitments

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.M. Touts Savings of New Superbond to Honor G.O.B. Commitments Dean Barrow Since Friday, there was indication that the creditor committee representing bondholders had accepted the latest offer by Government for the restructuring of the Super Bond. Prime Minister Dean Barrow this morning provided specific details of the proposal where

Payments on Principal Put Off to 2030

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Payments on Principal Put Off to 2030 Dean Barrow Going forward, government will make repayments on the principal.  It will, however, have to make five soft bullet payments leading up to the maturity of the bond in 2034.  Those payments are expected to be made as of 2030.   Prime

P.U.P. Throws Cold Water on New Arrangements

Source: Channel 5 Belize | P.U.P. Throws Cold Water on New Arrangements The People’s United Party was quick to respond to the Prime Minister’s latest press conference calling it nothing more than a ‘smoke and mirrors’ presentation. According to the release, Barrow and his anointed financial pundits spent much time today lauding themselves for what

Chang Says Immigration is “A Sensitive Issue”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Chang Says Immigration is “A Sensitive Issue” Chang also specifically denied helping anyone obtain Belizean visas, nationality and passport except in the case of a Taiwanese-Belizean whose daughter had obtained nationality by descent and needed a passport as part of her documentation to attend school. The involvement he spoke to

Attorney Explains Why Chang Did Not Come Forward

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Attorney Explains Why Chang Did Not Come Forward Eric Chang Outside, Chang consented to answer a few questions from the press. He reiterated that he was here to clear his name and that he felt that went well enough. But when asked if he felt he was believable, all he

Patrick Tillett Dealt with Visa Apps for 6 Grand a Pop!

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Patrick Tillett Dealt with Visa Apps for 6 Grand a Pop! Patrick Tillett Another witness who had to be summoned to appear before the Senate Special Select Committee was accountant Patrick Tillett, who readily provided details of his involvement in applying for visas – which are not routinely sold. Tillett,

Did Accountant Get What He Paid For?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Did Accountant Get What He Paid For? Unbelievable as it may sound, Tillett says there are people willing to pay thousands of dollars to have someone like him work through immigration agents to get their documents facilitated, assuming that is that the process was above-board. In this case, however, he

Superbond Negotiations Conclude; Adviser Says Result is “Win-Win”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Superbond Negotiations Conclude; Adviser Says Result is “Win-Win” Dean Barrow Belize and holders of the Superbond have hammered out an agreement to restructure the terms of the notes for the third time in a decade.  After months of negotiations, a committee representing the majority of bondholders has endorsed a revised

Marvin Flowers Shot Down Near Church

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Marvin Flowers Shot Down Near Church Marvin Flowers The bloodshed spilled into the city over the weekend. A construction worker standing in front of a church on Jasmine Street was ambushed by a gunman on Saturday.  Marvin Flowers was shot multiple times and tried as he did to flee, he

Police Make Arrest in Ernesto Wiltshire Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Police Make Arrest in Ernesto Wiltshire Murder Ernesto Wiltshire Police in Belmopan have arrested and charged eighteen-year-old Shemar Santos of Teakettle village, Cayo District for the murder of fellow villager, seventeen-year-old Ernesto “Jun” Wiltshire. Official details reveal that Ernesto’s mother reported to police that her son had gone swimming with

House “Shot Up” in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize | House “Shot Up” in Belize City Gun violence continued well into this morning. Personnel from the Scenes of Crime Unit were summoned to Electric Avenue shortly before eleven o’clock this morning, following an incident several hours earlier during which an unidentified gunman opened fire on a house.  According to officers

Premium Fuel Takes a Hike – More to Come?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Premium Fuel Takes a Hike – More to Come? The cost of fuel has increased for the second time in less than one week, particularly for premium fuel. At midnight Friday, a nineteen-cent increase went into effect for premium fuel. This takes the price from ten dollars twenty-five cents to

G.O.B. May Go to U.S. Supremes Against Glenn Godfrey

Source: Channel 5 Belize | G.O.B. May Go to U.S. Supremes Against Glenn Godfrey Glenn Godfrey Glenn D. Godfrey’s GDG Acquisitions LLC has had a judgment of twenty-two million US dollars plus in its favour against the Government of Belize upheld by a U.S. Court of Appeal.  The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, with jurisdiction

The Last Chance for Mark Seawell?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | The Last Chance for Mark Seawell? Mark Seawell Mark Seawell is not headed home tonight, but the Supreme Court has opened a lifeline in his long-running extradition case. With his brothers Gary and Duane, he has been fighting to avoid extradition to Ohio, U.S.A., to face charges of ran a

La Ruta Maya winners awarded in Belize City

Source: The Reporter | La Ruta Maya winners awarded in Belize City Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The 2017 La Ruta Maya river Challenge ended in Belize City today. The teams made their last stop at the Swing Bridge this morning, and gathered in the Bottom Dollar parking lot on North Front Street for the award

Police investigate three murders

Source: The Reporter | Police investigate three murders By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police are investigating three murders that occurred over the holiday weekend. Police were summoned to an area between miles 12 and 13 on the George Price highway on Saturday where they discovered the bodies of two men, one dressed in red T-shirt

GOB presents new terms to Bondholders

Source: The Reporter | GOB presents new terms to Bondholders By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Government of Belize (GOB), in its effort to restructure the 2038 US Dollar Bond, presented a new set of terms to the Bondholders. Through the Central Bank of Belize website, GOB announced the new proposal, giving the Bondholders until

Fuel prices increase twice in one week

Source: The Reporter | Fuel prices increase twice in one week By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Fuel prices went up twice this week, affecting all three types of fuel. The price of premium gasoline went up by 9 cents on Friday night, increasing from $10.53, to $10.44. The premium price hike came after a Monday

Homeless man pleads guilty to trespassing and threatening words

Source: Amandala News | Homeless man pleads guilty to trespassing and threatening words BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 2, 2017 –A homeless man who has been in the habit of sleeping behind the Ex-Services League building and who allegedly has developed the habit of uttering threats to the office manager, pleaded guilty to the […]

GOB loses US$22 mil to Glenn Godfrey

Source: Amandala News | GOB loses US mil to Glenn Godfrey BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 2, 2017–The Government of Belize has lost yet another court case in the US—this time it has been denied a motion it filed in January in US Court of Appeal in the Eleventh Circuit, with jurisdiction […]

Double murder in Placencia

Source: Amandala News | Double murder in Placencia PLACENCIA, Stann Creek District, Wed. Mar. 1, 2017–On Wednesday morning, rumor quickly circulated that four persons had died in a fatal traffic mishap at around 5 a.m. on the Placencia road between Miles 2 and 3. However, an official police […]

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeatism

Source: Amandala News | Snatching victory from the jaws of defeatism Dear Editor, Given President Trump’s campaign rhetoric, his conservative agenda, his majority control over both Congress and the Senate, and his penchant for antagonizing even his friends and supporters, it is not surprising that there is a seismic shift in […]

Rise in gang-related incidents a concern, even as major crimes fall

Source: Amandala News | Rise in gang-related incidents a concern, even as major crimes fall BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 1, 2017–Although preliminary crime data for the first two months of 2017 indicate that major crimes, including incidences of murder, are down, there is a troubling rise in gang-related crimes and particularly gang-related murders which tend

Game results from Chetumal in basketball exchange

Source: Amandala News | Game results from Chetumal in basketball exchange Between Eagles of Cayo and Comida Asiatica of Chetumal SANTA ELENA TOWN, CAYO, Wed. Mar. 1, 2017 –The basketball exchange between Eagles U-20 Basketball Club of Santa Elena Town, Cayo District and Comida Asiatica of Chetumal saw four games played […]

Gambis’ first loss, Manu’s first win in PLB coaching debut

Source: Amandala News | Gambis’ first loss, Manu’s first win in PLB coaching debut C Belize, 1-0, over Police United BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 27, 2017 –When struggling FC Belize was assisted by their opponent’s 89th minute own-goal for a 1-nil win over formidable Police United FC at the MCC Grounds yesterday, it was […]

The plight of “Belize’s fastest woman:” Kaina Martinez

Source: Amandala News | The plight of “Belize’s fastest woman:” Kaina Martinez BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 2, 2017–Google “Belize’s fastest sprinter” and the name that will pop up on your screen is none other than the Seine Bight sprinter, Kaina Martinez, the woman who proudly says that she has carried Belize “on […]

Teakettle Youth Murdered Over “Jealousy”

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Teakettle Youth Murdered Over “Jealousy” A Teakettle, Cayo District family have had to come to sudden grips with the death of a loved one, found fatally chopped in some bushes behind the village early this afternoon. As we come on the air, they are preparing to lay to rest seventeen

Brandon Bennett Shot in Belcan in Broad Daylight

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Brandon Bennett Shot in Belcan in Broad Daylight Brandon Bennett Shortly before two-thirty this afternoon a Belize City man was shot in the City. According to police, around two-seventeen, Brandon Bennett was shot to the abdomen while he was on Belcan Bridge.  He was taken to the K.H.M.H. where he

Ruta Maya Kicks Off from San Ignacio

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Ruta Maya Kicks Off from San Ignacio The annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge kicked off bright and early this morning in the west. The waters of the Macal River provided the perfect setting for the start of the race. But this year, less than fifty canoes manned by three

Court Limits Beneficiaries of Public Sector Workers Trust

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Court Limits Beneficiaries of Public Sector Workers Trust Philip Castillo Representatives of the Public Sector Workers Trust appeared in the Supreme Court earlier today before Justice Courtenay Abel, to settle a decades-old matter involving the organization.  The claim arose out of an issue dating back to 1995 when the then

B.N.T.U.’s Palacio Says There is More to be Clarified

Source: Channel 5 Belize | B.N.T.U.’s Palacio Says There is More to be Clarified Luke Palacio According to B.N.T.U. National President Luke Palacio, the court has pointed out that there is confusion in the language used in the trust document, particularly in a release issued by government back in 2014 when the accounts were handed

New computers for SIB

Source: The Reporter | New computers for SIB By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Government of Belize, through collaboration with its multi-lateral partners, is preparing to hand over new equipment to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), as well as the Agriculture and Hydrology departments. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development

Belize hosts UN Steering committee meeting

Source: The Reporter | Belize hosts UN Steering committee meeting By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Government of Belize met this week with UN Resident Coordinators from the Regional Steering Committee of the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (UN-MSDF) for their scheduled annual meeting. The coordinators met with key government officials to discuss the Sustainable Development Strategy

Man injured in daytime shooting

Source: The Reporter | Man injured in daytime shooting By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Police are investigating a blatant daytime shooting, which has left a man injured. Police say that at around 2:17 this afternoon Brandon Bennett was on the northern side of the BelCan Bridge when he was shot once to the abdomen. Bennett

La Ruta Maya Belize River challenge kicks off

Source: The Reporter | La Ruta Maya Belize River challenge kicks off Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Today, Over 90 teams set out for the first leg of one of the largest events on Belize’s calendar, the annual La Ruta Maya endurance canoe race. The 18th installment of the La Ruta Maya challenge kicked off this

Senior officer exposes cover-up at Immigration

Source: The Reporter | Senior officer exposes cover-up at Immigration By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Senior Immigration Officer, Mark Tench, took the stand before the Senate Committee this week, highlighting even more high-level corruption in the Immigration and Nationality Department. Tench, the first of three witnesses, gave a detailed explanation of the investigation which he

Fiery Accident on Placencia Road Leaves 2 Dead

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Fiery Accident on Placencia Road Leaves 2 Dead At the crack of dawn this morning, a horrible accident occurred on the Placencia Road in the south. A speeding pick-up truck veered off the road and crashed into a lamppost as it heading from Placencia to Santa Cruz.  The vehicle burst

What Really Happened on Boxing Day, 2012, in the West?

Source: Channel 5 Belize | What Really Happened on Boxing Day, 2012, in the West? Mark Tench And while that may be the biggest bombshell out of today’s public hearings, what exactly happened out west over that holiday period in 2012 has only been obliquely told.  In Tench’s version of events to the Commission, he

Investigation Spread North as Alleged Ringleader Confessed…

Source: Channel 5 Belize | Investigation Spread North as Alleged Ringleader Confessed… The investigation widened to include other persons.  According to Tench, they tried their mightiest to get the agent identified as selling the foils to Chang and Tillett to confirm other’s involvement, but only one “Khaddafi” from Corozal, known to Tench himself, came forward

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