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January 17, 2018

Belize

Jacqueline Willoughby resigns from the PSU

Source: Amandala News Willoughby, a trustee, cited a “toxic … anti-union atmosphere” in the Public Service Union BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– Longtime trade unionist and former Public Service Union (PSU) president Jacqueline “Jackie” Willoughby, who is a trustee on the union’s […] Link: Jacqueline Willoughby resigns from the PSU

Woman awarded $250,000 in malpractice judgment

Source: Amandala News A doctor erroneously told her that her womb was cancerous and removed it without her consent BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– It happens far too frequently at Belize’s public health facilities that doctors botch procedures and cause unnecessary and […] Link: Woman awarded 0,000 in malpractice judgment

Leela Vernon’s grandson shot dead

Source: Amandala News A police officer killed him, but said it was in  self-defense PUNTA GORDA, Toledo District, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– The death of Mario “Jun Jun” Vernon, Jr., 24, has sent shockwaves through the entire town of Punta Gorda not only […] Link: Leela Vernon’s grandson shot dead

Breaking: PACT Sends Staff Home in ‘Restructuring Exercise’

Source: Channel 5 Belize This just in…There was a major shakeup at the Protected Areas Conservation Trust today. At one o’clock this afternoon, staff members were individually called into an unscheduled meeting and notified that the PACT offices will be closing immediately due to a “restructuring exercise” as government conducts the standardization of statutory…

P.C. Tevin Aranda Charged for Manslaughter in Mario Vernon Death

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tevin Aranda Twenty-three-year-old Tevin Aranda has been charged with manslaughter, following the shooting death of Mario Vernon Jr. in Punta Gorda Town on Saturday night.  The arraignment of the police constable in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court earlier today, is perhaps little or no comfort to Vernon’s grieving family.  They strongly…

Mario Vernon Shot Dead by Police in Cloud of Mystery

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mario Vernon A well-known resident was shot dead over the weekend in Punta Gorda.   Mario Vernon, the grandson of the late Leela Vernon, was shot by a cop and there are differing accounts on what went awfully wrong on Saturday night. The official report is that police fired at him…

Police Looking for 1 in Cran Street Shooting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kareem Williams Over the weekend in the city, there were two shootings between Friday night and Sunday night, but fortunately, there was no loss of life. In the first incident, a man was shot in the leg as he walked on Cran Street. Police say want to question one person…

Teenager Shot on Armadillo Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo In the second shooting, two persons were injured including a minor. According to police, a group of men were socializing in a yard on Armadillo Street in Belize City when two persons rode up on a cycle and one of them fired several shots. The teenage boy was…

Chinese Businessman Stripped of $63,000 by Robbers

Source: Channel 5 Belize A brazen robbery took place this morning on Cran Street in north side Belize City. A Chinese businessman was approached by two armed men in his vehicle and forced to surrender more than sixty thousand dollars in cash and cheques as well as his car keys. The robbers got away…

A Deadly Crash in Roaring Creek; Francisco Polanco Perishes

Source: Channel 5 Belize Francisco Polanco Two friends were returning home on motorcycle when they were involved in a deadly collision with another motorcycle on the George Price Highway.  Francisco Polanco perished when he crashed into another motorcycle, driven at the time by twenty-eight-year-old Camalote resident, Raul Garcia near the Westar Gas Station.  From…

Dr. Errol Elrington Still on the Run

Source: Channel 5 Belize Errol Elrington Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington has signed the documents relating to a request for extradition for attorney Andrew Bennett from the U.S. State Department. But closer to home, a relative of his remains on the run from U.S. authorities. Doctor Errol Elrington, brother to Wilfred and Hubert…

Rigo Vellos Demands Guardian Apology, Retraction

Source: Channel 5 Belize P.U.P. mayoral aspirant Rigo Vellos is demanding a formal retraction, as well as an apology from the Guardian Newspaper after publishing a recent article which purportedly defames the municipal elections candidate in Corozal.  Earlier today, the law firm of Musa and Balderamos wrote to the editor of the Guardian Newspaper…

Charges Upgraded after P.C. Enid Tillett Dies

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jesus Enrique Muñoz Police have laid additional charges on twenty-four-year-old Jesus Enrique Muñoz of Orange Walk Town. Today, he was charged with manslaughter by negligence and causing death by careless conduct in connection with the accident that claimed the life of twenty-seven-year-old police constable Enid Tillett. Munoz was arraigned before…

C.C.J. Says Let the Sunshine In

Source: Channel 5 Belize This morning, the Caribbean Court of Justice heard arguments in the matter of Sunshine Holdings—the company which acquired shares in Belize Telemedia Limited using a Social Security loan in 2005. Back in October, the highest court refused an application from the company, acquired by the Government of Belize from the…

Tsunami panic!

Source: Amandala News A powerful earthquake in the Caribbean Sea was to have triggered flood waters over three feet high at the coast, and city dwellers fled for higher ground BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018– An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter […] Link: Tsunami panic!

Kerosene in short supply

Source: Amandala News Kerosene is reportedly mixed with diesel to offset high fuel prices BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018– Kerosene, like Vicks, is an essential component of the Belizean universe. In the past, kerosene was widely used to light kerosene lamps, keep […] Link: Kerosene in short supply

Dodging the “BULLET’ is no joke

Source: Amandala News “Social support is a biological necessity, not an option, and this reality should be the backbone of all prevention and treatment. Recognizing the profound effects of trauma and deprivation on child development need not lead to blaming parents. We can […] Link: Dodging the “BULLET’ is no joke

Disappearance of Mark Pollard Linked to Possible Family Feud

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mark Pollard Forty-nine-year-old Mark Pollard, a resident of Peter Seco Street, was reported missing in early July 2017.  He has not been seen or heard from since he set out on a routine jog along the Phillip Goldson Highway near the Haulover Bridge.  But is his mysterious disappearance the result…

Why Are Guats Still Following B.D.F. Up Sarstoon?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington Following last week’s encounter between a team of Belizean youth basketballers and members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces, in which the latter tried but failed to stop them circling Sarstoon Island, it appears the Guatemalan army is up to its old tricks again. The GAF have made…

Minister Undertakes to Lift Veil of Secrecy on Raid

Source: Channel 5 Belize It is a position that Elrington, himself a former defense counsel, agrees with.  The family should have been given the opportunity to contact its lawyers and should have been provided with a reasonable explanation for being raided.  He promised them that he would personally look into the incident and prepare…

San Pedranos’ Response to Tsunami Threat

Source: Channel 5 Belize The tsunami threat caused a panic in the prime tourism island of San Pedro where residents took no chances and moved to safer buildings and shelters that were immediately opened to accommodate the rush of persons. Sea waters were reportedly receding, but in the following story News Five’s Duane Moody…

Did Belizeans Confuse Tsunami Threat for ‘Spring Tide?’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Catherine Cumberbatch Adding to the frenzy following the offshore tremor was the perceived recession of seawater ahead of a resulting tsunami.  As we said, it turns out that a phenomenon known as a spring tide has been occurring for the past several days, prior to the earthquake.  Many took to…

Barrier Reef Getting Healthier but Work Continues

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Mesoamerican Reef provides economic, social and cultural benefits to Belize. It is valued around a billion dollars and recent reports show that just four of Belize’s seven marine protected areas provide up to nineteen million U.S. dollars per year in economic benefits from tourism recreation.  But the reef is…

Butane “pain” coming soon to consumers

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– Exactly one year ago, the Belize Bureau of Standards issued a statement announcing an 18% increase in the cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), or butane. That increase put the cost of butane at […] Link: Butane “pain” coming soon to consumers

“Bullet”, 76, arraigned for sexual assault of boy, 16

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– Popular taxi driver and known supporter of the United Democratic Party and regular, vocal caller to the government radio station’s morning talk show, Roy “Bullet” Craig, 76, also known as “Street Vibes,” was calm […] Link: “Bullet”, 76, arraigned for sexual assault of boy,

Supreme Court’s ceremonial opening 2018

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– The ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court got underway this morning with an ecumenical service at the Wesley Methodist Church, from where the members of the judiciary and the legal profession paraded to the […] Link: Supreme Court’s ceremonial opening 2018

Things very, very good for brother Denys

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– In 2017, the administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow paid out a jaw-dropping total of $5.3 million to the Barrow and Company law firm owned by none other than his brother, Denys Barrow. Leaked […] Link: Things very, very good for brother Denys

Roy “Bullet” Craig Denies Assault of Minor, 16

Source: Channel 5 Belize Roy “Bullet” Craig Taxi driver Roy “Bullet” Craig is out on bail for the sexual assault of a sixteen-year-old minor in whose company he was surprised with when he was busted by the police on Thursday night at a hotel that is located not too far from where he resides. …

UNIBAM’s Caleb Orozco Rebuts Reports of Family Relationship

Source: Channel 5 Belize Caleb Orozco Prominent LGBT activist Caleb Orozco has, for better or worse, become the face of the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation in Belize. In 2016, he won a monumental decision in the Supreme Court which decriminalizes consensual sexual acts in private between adults who are capable of consenting.…

Orozco Says Inaccurate Reports Hurt Advocacy for LGBT Community

Source: Channel 5 Belize Caleb Orozco Before the Section fifty-three decision, in 2013 the National Assembly passed a raft of amendments to the Criminal Code to reform the law in relation to sexual offenses against children. Under that amendment, sexual crimes against male minors were criminalized – like crimes against female minors. Orozco, along…

Teenager Knocked Down and Killed in Burrell Boom

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kendell Goff A nineteen-year-old truck driver was knocked down and killed this morning in Burrell Boom Village. Police say Kendell Goff was heading to work when a pickup truck hit him as he crossed the street. His family, however, claims that eyewitnesses told them that Goff had already crossed the…

Jerry David Charged with Accident Death; He Blames Blinding Lights

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police have arrested and charged Jerry O’hara David with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention for the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of fifty-two-year-old Andres Philip Diego. Diego was riding his bike between miles ten and eleven on the…

Roy “Bullet” Craig, 76, Charged for Sexual Assault of Minor

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since last Thursday, there were reports circulating that vocal Belize City taxi man, Roy Craig, better known as ‘Bullet’ and ‘Street Vibes’ was in trouble with the law. Tonight Bullet is on bail after arraignment this afternoon for the crime of sexual assault of a minor. The seventy-six-year-old outspoken cabbie…

2 Charged in Attempted Murder over Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jason Anderson Gang violence isn’t letting up, despite the roundup of gang members across the Old Capital. Tonight, a fifty-six-year-old man is fighting for his life at the K.H.M.H. following broad daylight shooting on Saturday afternoon on Iguana Street, near the Belize City Racoon Street Police Station. Steve Finley and…

Detentions, But No Arrests in Recent Murders

Source: Channel 5 Belize Today, Leon Garcia was laid to rest in Belize City; he was the first murder victim for 2018. Heavy police presence was noted in the Saint Joseph Church area where funeral services were held.  Garcia was savagely stabbed during an ambush by at least thirty persons, believed to be gang…

Police Say Murder Count is 142

Source: Channel 5 Belize Full details are to come from the Police Department, but Belize’s rate of murders remains high. Official statistics from the Department as revealed by Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior at Friday’s House meeting, confirm a total of one hundred and forty-two murders countrywide, an increase of four from 2016’s…

September 2017 unemployment down 1.4% over last year

Source: Amandala News Amandala note: Latest SIB (Statistics Institute of Belize) statistics reveal that the unemployment rate for Belize in September 2017 stands at 9.7%, an improvement over September 2016, when the unemployment rate was 11.1%. In September 2015 the unemployment rate was […] Link: September 2017 unemployment down 1.4% over last year

Vacationing Belizean murdered in Belama

Source: Amandala News Police believe he was mistakenly targeted BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 4, 2018– On the second day of the New Year, a second, senseless murder shocked Belize City residents. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, the sickening sound of […] Link: Vacationing Belizean murdered in Belama

Krem New Year’s Classic 2018 winners

Source: Amandala News Giovanni Lovell, first time Elite Champion; Alicia Thompson, 4-peat Female Champion; Shawn Armstrong, first-time Junior Champion BELIZE CITY, Tues. Jan. 2, 2018– A light, cool northerly wind, following a couple early morning showers, accompanied bright sunshine and blue skies by […] Link: Krem New Year’s Classic 2018 winners

Rak to lead substanceless UHS Enquiry

Source: Amandala News CJ: Hello, hello, just call me a, the concerned journalist (CJ), okay. I’m here with this High Level Red Operative (HLRO) who’s going to give us the scoop on the latest story about the UHS scandal, open paki, fish from […] Link: Rak to lead substanceless UHS Enquiry

Ahmad family member discloses threatening texts

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 4, 2018– In the wake of the shocking murder of the popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, late last month, members of his family have come forward to inform the media that they believe that they are still […] Link: Ahmad family member discloses threatening texts

P.M. Lashes Out as U.H.S. Motion is Tabled

Source: Channel 5 Belize The House of Representatives met today in a chilly Belmopan for the first time in 2018.  The widely anticipated 2018 General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill dealing with the UHS judgment was presented for first reading. This follows the arrival of the official certificate of judgment from the C.C.J. on Thursday,…

Can Belize Avoid Paying Debt?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The Prime Minister repeated in greater detail his earlier sentiments from the November twenty-second press conference which seemed to present a legal basis by which Parliament could decide not to pay the judgment. He cited cases, lawyer-style, from other Commonwealth jurisdictions facing similar issues, and even suggested means…

Settlement Offer Open, but P.U.P. Says It’s U.D.P.’s Fault

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño But Opposition Leader John Briceño appears unconvinced by any of it. Following the House meeting he told reporters that none of the Prime Minister’s arguments or those of the attorneys the government has paid over the years have succeeded where it counts; indeed, the only success has been…

U.D.P. Turns the Tables on Former Administration

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The Prime Minister indicated that there will be at least a month’s grace period to the next House meeting when the debate takes place. In that time, the interest continues to accrue. But apart from the legal arguments, the moral question is a much easier one for the…

What Will Commission of Inquiry Find?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow As noted in our top story, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is going ahead with the Commission of Inquiry agreed on with the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. But before any appointments can be made and a schedule set, the Congress has to draft terms of reference for…

Charles Foreman Sr. Shot; Family in Trauma

Source: Channel 5 Belize Charles Foreman Sr. As the GSU cracks down on rivalry gangs in the City, another act of violence overnight left an elderly man in critical condition. A bullet penetrated the cheek of fifty-nine year old Charles Foreman and exited his neck as he sat with this family at his house…

Vellos Attackers Got Away by Haulover Creek; 1 Sought

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jermain Vellos The Foreman and Vellos families are still reeling from the deadly attack on their loved ones on Tuesday night in Belize City.  Husband and wife couple Jermain and Stephanie Vellos returned to their home on Doris Bishop Street sometime before eight o’clock that night, only to be ambushed…

P.U.C. George Price Highway HQ Will Cost Big

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Wednesday, we reported on questionable transactions queried by certified public accountant and auditor Cedric Flowers in respect of the 2016-2017 audit of the Public Utilities Commission. He questioned among other things excessive spending on salary and payments to Commission members totaling four point five million dollars. There were also…

“Uncle Sam” Closing in on Andrew Bennett

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Office of the Attorney General has completed the requisite paperwork and is awaiting Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s signature before proceeding with the extradition request for attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted for extradition to the United States on money laundering charges.  His freedom, however, may be cut short in…

P.U.C. Faces Questions on Audit; Chair Says They Were Answered

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight, there is information that tells a tale of obscene spending at the Public Utilities Commission.  News Five has obtained a copy of an audited report done by certified public accountant Cedric Flowers for the year ending March thirty-first, 2017. In a letter dated August eleventh, 2017, he addresses P.U.C.…

Fareed Ahmad’s Brother Says Police Still Trailing Him

Source: Channel 5 Belize Abdul Ahmad At this time, a vigil is taking place to celebrate the life of the fallen barber, Fareed Ahmad and we’ll come to that. But tonight the Ahmad family believes they are under heavy police surveillance.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is on record saying that they are…

Text Messages Reveal Special Assignment Team Hunting Ahmad Family

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fareed Ahmad Aside from the alleged surveillance, text messages purportedly indicating that Fareed Ahmad had been threatened and coerced by members of the Special Assignments Team prior to his murder are said to be in the possession of his family.  Those electronic correspondences were set to be reviewed with investigators…

Remembering Fareed Ahmad and Others at Late Evening Vigil

Source: Channel 5 Belize Now to the vigil which is underway on Euphrates Avenue in honor of Fareed.  The late-evening peace march is organized by family and friends of the Muslim brother who was shot and killed inside his vehicle in Hattieville on December twenty-seventh.  Dozens of customers, friends and family members descended on…

WPC Michelle Brown Arraigned for Murder of Fareed Ahmad

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michelle Brown In this our first newscast for 2018, we start with a story which was the headline at the close of 2017; the murder of popular barber Fareed Ahmad. This morning, a heavily armed detail of police officers cordoned off the perimeter of the magistrates’ court in Belize City…

WPC Brown Also Disciplinary Charged

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the night of December twenty-seventh, WPC Brown reportedly signed off from duty at the Raccoon Street Police Station around eight p.m. and is said to have departed the compound with her service weapon.  That firearm, a Bersa brand nine millimeter handgun, as it turns out, was to have been…

Disgraced WPC Exercises Her Right to Remain Silent

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chester Williams Despite facing a single charge of murder, the police constable has opted not to provide a caution statement.  Instead, she has clammed up by exercising her right to remain silent.  But eyewitnesses attest that Brown was the sole passenger inside Ahmad’s vehicle at the time of the incident. …

Ahmads Ask for Independent Investigation into Murder of Fareed

Source: Channel 5 Belize Taheera Ahmad While police offered details of their investigation this morning, two of the Ahmad siblings, Taheera and Abdul, flanked by the leader of the Muslim Community, Kaleem El-Amin, their father Abdus Ahmad and attorney Dickie Bradley, made known their views on Fareed’s murder this afternoon. Expressing gratitude for the…

Were Other Officers Involved in the Murder of Fareed Ahmad?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Abdul Ahmad The Ahmad family has since been told that while the internal inquiry is being carried out by ACP Chester Williams, Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino is heading the murder investigation.  The family also took the opportunity to dispel all allegations that Fareed and the WPC were involved and that information…

2 Non-Fatal Shootings over the Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-nine-year-old Charles Fortune is recovering from a gunshot wound to the right knee after being injured on Monday night by an unidentified assailant who opened fire on him on Ebony Street.  He told Belize City police that he was seated inside a vehicle when he heard shots being fired.  Fortune…

2 Arsons over the Holiday Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize The holiday weekend wasn’t without its share of arsons.  In the north and south there were two cases reported of the criminal burning of properties.  On Saturday night, at around seven-thirty, Dangriga police were called out to an area along the Southern Highway where they saw a twenty-by-twenty feet wooden…

1 Dead Manatee; Another to be Rescued

Source: Channel 5 Belize Forty manatees were killed in 2017. It proved to be a dangerous and deadly year for the gentle mammals. Belize has one of the healthiest populations of the West Indian Manatee, but the specie continues to be under threat, particularly from boaters. And just two days into the New Year,…

Teacher Desmond Lewis murdered in the city

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017– Desmond Lewis, 35, a well-known school teacher of Dangriga, Stann Creek District, was brutally killed at about 2:30 this morning in Belize City. Police said that they were called to a house on Antelope […] Link: Teacher Desmond Lewis murdered in the city

Popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, killed!

Source: Amandala News HATTIEVILLE, Belize District, Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017– The Ahmad family in Hattieville has not yet fully recovered from the death of Nadir Ahmad, who was shot dead by authorities in the Philippines on January 7. Now the family is again […] Link: Popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, killed!

When Bom was king

Source: Amandala News Chronicling the struggles of a once great ‘baller BELIZE CITY, Saturday, April 8, 2017– The “Goose” or “Needlecase,” because of his “flying” ability in goal, Wayne “Bom” Jones says he is (and looks it) 5 feet 7 inches tall, much […] Link: When Bom was king

Citrus shows poorly, but other domestic exports up

Source: Amandala News The recently released statistics from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), indicate that Belize’s domestic exports for the period January to November, 2017, have surpassed domestic exports for the same period last year by $45.9 million. The SIB reports that […] Link: Citrus shows poorly, but other domestic exports up

Police to Question WPC Injured in Fareed Ahmad Shooting/Crash

Source: Channel 5 Belize A female law enforcement officer is tonight a prime suspect in the shooting death of thirty-eight-year-old Fareed Ahmad.  Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown remains in stable condition at the K.H.M.H. under close watch by her colleagues, as it is expected that she will be questioned upon release from the hospital. …

Cops Suspect Special Assignment Team Member after Complaint

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michelle Brown It is unclear what injuries WPC Brown sustained during the collision, as she simply complained of pain to her body following the accident.  What is of particular interest is that the businessman had made a complaint against members of the Special Assignment Team, a unit to which Brown…

As Ahmad is Buried, Family, Friends Seek ‘Real Answers’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fareed Ahmad The killing of Fareed Ahmad brings the murder count for 2017 to one hundred and forty-three, which is the deadliest year since 2012 when one hundred and forty-five homicides were recorded. Social media has been flooded with words of dismay, as well as condolences to the family at…

Desmond Lewis the Target of Hate? Police Will Not Say

Source: Channel 5 Belize Desmond Lewis The murder of secondary school teacher Desmond Lewis continues to ripple across the southern communities of Dangriga and Independence Village.  The thirty-five-year-old high school educator was butchered inside a residence near Antelope Street Extension in Belize City on Thursday morning.  Lewis had just traveled to Belize City from…

From the Publisher en Español

Source: Amandala News Por cierto, también hospedandose en la casa de mi tía Gladys en la Calle Rutland estaban dos mujeres, una llamada Elma, otra llamada Millie, y también la señora Rosado, su nieto Michael y Sylvino Rosado, que juntos atendimos la escuela […] Link: From the Publisher en Español

Dangriga Teacher’s Throat Slashed at Home in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Desmond Lewis Overnight, there has been a pair of unrelated homicides to add to the mounting body count going into the final days of 2017.  A well-known and respected high school teacher has lost his life in a predawn act of butchery in Belize City, while a popular barber and…

Fareed Ahmad – Well-known Barber and Football Referee

Source: Channel 5 Belize This afternoon, the Football Federation of Belize issued a release expressing sympathy with the Ahmads on the untimely passing of Fareed.  The release says that the thirty-eight-year-old father of four boys joined the Belize District Association of Football Referees in 2009 and rose in prominence to become a national referee…

The Chilling Death of Kimberley Stephens in Placencia

Source: Channel 5 Belize The chilling death of Kimberley Stephens in Placencia Village has left the peninsula in shock. The American national owned a home in Maya Beach and visited Belize regularly. She resided in Washington where she worked in the seismic field. Stephens arrived in Placencia on December sixteenth but no one saw…

SIB Report: Imports Down in November

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Statistical Institute of Belize has released the latest figures in three categories, including the External Trade Bulletin, the Consumer Price Index, as well as the Labor Force.  This information is relative to November.  Total imports last month were valued at a little over one hundred and fifty-four million dollars,…

Police Reassess Operational Strategies Following Deadly Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the heels of an exceptionally bloody Christmas weekend, considering the number of fatal traffic accidents recorded, the Belize Police Department has reassessed its various crime fighting and operational strategies to mitigate these incidents heading into the New Year’s weekend.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett reviewed the events of…

The Deadly George Price Highway Claims More Lives: Two in Cotton Tree

Source: Channel 5 Belize It has been another deadly holiday weekend countrywide. As many as seven persons lost their lives by misadventure; whether, murder or in road traffic accidents. We start with the most deadly of the mishaps, along the George Price Highway. Thirty-three-year-old Linda Carolina Hernandez and twenty-four-year-old Oscar Rene Alvarado of Cotton…

An Elder Labourer from Benque Border Area Killed in RTA

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Christmas season in Belize is regularly marked by traffic mishaps and this year has been no exception. Since Friday, no less than seven road traffic accidents have been reported countrywide, with four fatalities recorded. Five of those accidents spanned nearly the entire length of the George Price Highway, from just…

Belize City Driver Did Not Survive Collision With Shaw’s Bus

Source: Channel 5 Belize Albert Garnett He was on his way home to Belize City from Gales Point where his family celebrated Christmas Day, but sometime around eight o’clock that night, Albert Garnett would perish in a traffic accident between miles twenty-four and twenty-five on the George Price Highway. Police were called out to…

Health Ministry: RTA’s ‘a Public Health Concern’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marvin Manzanero Road traffic mishaps are also a concern for the Ministry of Health, which does keep a running tally as part of its mortality statistics for Belize. While the figure was not available as of news time, Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero made reference to some of…

Jose Najera Survives Drive-By in Belmopan

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Twenty-year-old Jose Najera is lucky to be alive tonight, following a shooting incident in Belmopan on December twenty-first.  Najera was seated inside his vehicle in the vicinity of the Ring Road when he was accosted by an unknown individual who opened fire on him.  Assistant Commissioner of Police…

PUP says Jaen “like deja vu all over again”

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Dec. 19, 2017–Over a week ago, the Government of Belize (GoB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Airport Alliance Belize Limited to construct an international airport in San Pedro Town. We reported that Ministers Erwin […] Link: PUP says Jaen “like deja vu all over

Belize says yes to UN resolution

Source: Amandala News Belize votes with UK and others against US naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017–Diplomats at the United Nations General Assembly in New York voted overwhelmingly to reject US President Trump’s decision to recognize the disputed […] Link: Belize says yes to UN resolution

Hon. Sedi forgets agreement with Oleander residents

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Dec. 20, 2017–Natalie Carlene Adolphus, who resides with her family and four other families in a barracks on Oleander Street, in Pickstock, Belize City, is angry because her area representative, Minister Wilfred Elrington, passed her and her […] Link: Hon. Sedi forgets agreement with Oleander residents

Free cheese …

Source: Amandala News Election time in Belize and the Party factotums will be busy handing out their trinkets — Make Belize Great Again (?) Ball caps and T-shirts, a chicken and a few bucks, all to garner your votes. I would remind voters […] Link: Free cheese …

Murder Count is Even, but ComPol Promises Reduction in 2018

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie With only nine days to go in 2017, crime statistics for the past twelve months indicate that there are equal numbers of homicides recorded between this year and 2016.  That figure stands at one hundred and thirty-eight murders.  The paring down of the body count in Belize City…

Gangs the Main Cause; City Rules the Roost Again

Source: Channel 5 Belize The introduction of Operation ACT, a direct law enforcement response to the spike in violent crimes during the months of September and October, has, to a certain extent, stemmed the flow of blood in the streets of Belize City.  One can’t help but wonder, however, that had these measures been…

The Stick for Gangsters; New Laws Will Target Them

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie The feud among inner city gangs, particularly during the aftermath of ACP Chester Williams’ departure from his previous post as Commander of Eastern Division South, is responsible for the upsurge in violent crimes.  While those incidents have since been tapered, the work of the Gang Suppression Unit remains…

Operation ACT Has Reduced Friction and Tension

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie The Belize Police Department, despite its many internal challenges this year, is beating its chest proudly and basking in the success of Operation ACT.  Much of that achievement was made by the men and women of law enforcement who continue to work steadfastly in keeping the citizenry safe. …

Police’s 2018 Resolutions: Armed, Empowered, Active

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie And finally from ComPol Whylie, is a projection of what can be expected of the department come January 2018.  While many of its challenges are ever-present, the agency is armed with several crime fighting resources to tackle those obstacles head-on.  The boots-on-the-ground approach to policing is also being…

Osbaldo Nieto cleared in Mark Vasquez murder investigation

Source: Channel 5 Belize A teenager who had been held in police custody, following the stabbing death of well-known auto-trader Mark Vasquez last Saturday, has been released without being indicted. Eighteen-year-old Osbaldo Nieto was discharged from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital earlier this week and held by Belize City police in connection with the…

Fate of Independence rape complaint in hands of D.P.P.

Source: Channel 5 Belize ACP Chester Williams There are new developments in a case of alleged rape at the Independence Police Station back in November.  A pair of women is claiming that they were both sexually assaulted by officers on duty at the local precinct.  That report was made several weeks ago and the…

It’s Eamon vs Sedi over Maritime Areas Act; gloves are off!

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Tuesday night we brought you Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington’s broadside against Senator and former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay. Not only does he disagree with the proposition to immediately amend the Maritime Areas Act to restore Belize’s full portion of territorial sea and other entitlements in the south,…

What happens if it’s a ‘no’?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay Following debate in the Senate a week ago, Senator Courtenay was slightly dismissive of Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte’s stated concern that Belize was jumping the gun in terms of allowing negotiations to play out. But today he offered a more measured response as to what could happen if…

Sedi ‘noh ready’ for C.C.J., says Eamon

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Another issue Courtenay addressed today relate to comments made by Elrington in a News Five interview on November twenty-eighth in Belmopan, following a Cabinet meeting. The Caribbean Court of Justice made a series of rulings against the Government in the settlement of Universal Health Services and Belize Telemedia.…

Progresso Heights case was different story from Belize courts

Source: Channel 5 Belize As Courtenay says, Elrington was seen to be taking advantage of Progresso Heights Limited’s principals, abusing his position of power. Even so and despite denying their relationship, he won the case at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. But at the Caribbean Court of Justice, it was a different…

Who’s really behind San Pedro airport project?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay The sudden unraveling of Jorge Jaen’s dubious past has set tongues wagging. The Miami-based developer has managed to wangle a memorandum of understanding for a multi-million dollar development project for the Efrain Guerrero International Airport in San Pedro.  A little digging by local media has uncovered previous convictions…

Mark Anthony Vasquez stabbed to death on Marine Parade

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Belize District, Sun. Dec. 17, 2017– Police are investigating the death of Mark Anthony Vasquez, 53, a car dealer of Kings Park, Belize City, who was stabbed to death during a fight at about 11:00 Sunday night on […] Link: Mark Anthony Vasquez stabbed to death on Marine

“Elvis” Lopez killed in Belmopan

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Mon. Dec. 18, 2017– Police say they have a person of interest in their investigation into the death of Oswald “Elvis ” Lopez, 69, who was killed over the weekend. He was stabbed 19 times in the […] Link: “Elvis” Lopez killed in Belmopan

Stampede on Albert Street disrupts Love FM Christmas Parade

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 18, 2017– The lively, colorful, well-lighted Love FM Christmas Parade, 2017, which was being viewed by hundreds of people on Albert Street, was disrupted Saturday evening when an altercation broke out between some participants in the […] Link: Stampede on Albert Street disrupts Love FM Christmas

Grandmother loses social security benefits

Source: Amandala News Dear Editor Amandala, Again, thank you for your newspaper as it not only shows that you try to inform the citizens of this country of what is happening here and in the world, but most importantly you sincerely have a […] Link: Grandmother loses social security benefits

Sedi Accuses Eamon: Disingenuous and Wants My Job

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay Foreign Minister Elrington made note that the Cabinet is reviewing the amendment to the M.A.A.  But he went on the offensive against Courtenay, accusing him of all sorts of things and trying to take advantage of the situation for two reasons. He argues that the slightest spook of…

Still No Sarstool Protocol, But Guatemala Relaxes

Source: Channel 5 Belize It is closing in on two years since the government was forced to temporarily close access to the Sarstoon River after Guatemalan military personnel started enforcing its claim to the entire river including Sarstoon Island.  The government proposed working on an accord with the Guatemalans concerning treatment of persons traveling…

Agree to Disagree on Offensive Map

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Belize and Guatemala traded protest notes earlier this year over two inter-linked issues: Guatemala employing offensive maps of the countries linked together except for a jagged line, and Belize using the word ‘border’ in a documentary about the Belize Defence Force. While one seems heavier than the other,…

Referendum April 15th, International Partners Asked to Pay

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Guatemala is planning its referendum on the International Court of Justice question for next April fifteenth.  If a simple majority is achieved the ball moves to Belize’s court to vote later in 2018, after our municipal elections and re-registration. Minister Elrington detailed what Guatemala’s plans are at this…

Thieves Hold Up, Shoot Inside BBOC Bus

Source: Channel 5 Belize A B.B.O.C. bus run out west was held up a by a pair of thieves on Monday night in the vicinity of Camalote Village.  According to forty-two-year-old Betty Torres, a conductor employed with the Belize Bus Owners Cooperative, a pair of men boarded the vehicle around six p.m.   One of…

UB in P.G. Hit for Guns, Ammo

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two pistols and a trove of ammunition were stolen from the University of Belize Punta Gorda Campus. Police say that burglars broke into an office sometime between seven on Monday night and ten o’clock this morning. UB Administrator Roy Polonio reported that once the burglars gained entry to the building,…

1 Charged in Stabbing inside Moe’s Pizza Grill

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Belize City mason from the Gungulung area remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stab injuries to the chest and back. On Monday night, Sherman Sanker had been stabbed multiple times at Moe’s Pizza Grill on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The act of violence stems from an…

Dean Nembhard Jr. Reeled in for Monica’s Robbery

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-one-year-old Nutmeg Street resident, Dean Nembhard Junior is spending his first night behind bars at the Central Prison after he was arraigned today for the robbery at Monica’s Pawn Shop.  Last Thursday, businessman Dorian Usher was robbed at gunpoint outside of the pawn shop; four days later, police arrested and…

Holding Company for Developer Formed Just 1 Year Ago

Source: Channel 5 Belize The criminal past of Jorge Abraham Jaen, the Miami investor behind the multi-million dollar investment in the Basil Jones Airstrip to convert it into a full-scale international airport, continues to unravel. News Five has received copies of the Articles of Association for International Airport Alliance LLC, the apparent parent company…

Developer’s past questioned; IAA stands by Jorge Jaen

Source: Channel 5 Belize Is the government in bed with a conman in the case of the multi-million dollar Basil Jones airstrip development project? The project is being spearheaded by the International Airport Alliance Belize Limited who proposes a state-of-the art facility for private charters and select flights to the island. However, questions have…

Businessman shoots robber

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Dec. 14, 2017–Three robbers would have probably made a clean getaway if their victim, Dorian Usher, 36, did not open fire, injuring one of them. Sometime around 2 p.m. today, Usher was about to exit his family […] Link: Businessman shoots robber

Rocke blocks motion to amend MAA

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Wed. Dec. 13, 2017– Opposition Senator, Eamon Courtenay, today tabled a motion to amend the Maritime Areas Act, to allow for Belize to claim its 12 miles of territorial sea under international law. Courtenay explained that when […] Link: Rocke blocks motion to amend MAA

Dynamite blast in Santa Cruz leaves one dead

Source: Amandala News SANTA CRUZ, Cayo District, Wed. Dec. 13, 2017– An explosion at a quarry in Santa Cruz (a section of Santa Elena, Cayo) earlier this week has left one man dead, five persons injured, and several homes flattened. The deceased has […] Link: Dynamite blast in Santa Cruz leaves one dead

Random violence takes life of Jaime Pelayo in Orange Walk

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jaime Pelayo Jr. An Orange Walk resident is dead, following an early morning attack that left him mortally injured and a pair of women he was socializing with grazed by bullets.  Jaime Pelayo Junior was shot and killed while he was hanging out with friends near a popular establishment in…

Bail denied for one of two accused in home burglary

Source: Channel 5 Belize Leon Weir Blease Despite no objection from prosecutors, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas denied bail to one of two men accused of a home invasion in Belize City, who were previously denied in the first instance at the Magistrate’s Court. Thirty-three-year-old Leon Weir, also known as Leon Blease, is accused…

Authority wants to get moving to minimize losses

Source: Channel 5 Belize The delay in commencing work on the Caye Caulker airstrip is having an impact on tourism on the island.  As the fifth most trafficked runway in the country, it is safe to say that a significant loss in arrivals is being recorded.  While Ruiz, admits that it may take some…

Residents Begin Picking Up the Pieces

Source: Channel 5 Belize While details are being provided as to what may have caused the deadly explosion at the quarry in Santa Elena, residents in the nearby area are attempting to get back on their feet.  Today, Belize Roadway Construction Limited, which subcontracted Tiger Aggregates to carry out the mining, was on the…

No Cover-Up of Prison Rape, C.E.O. Claims

Source: Channel 5 Belize We’ve been reporting on a case of alleged sodomy inside the Belize Central Prison. An inmate, who is now out on bail, claims he was sodomized twice last month while he was locked up in the prison. The alleged perpetrator is another inmate, Kenroy Cooke, who was charged on Wednesday…

Guard is Terminated, Prison Policies Outlined

Source: Channel 5 Belize What about claims that the guard on duty ignored the plea for help after the first incident happened?  We asked him if there was negligence on the part of the guard to whom it was reported first.  C.E.O. Murillo says that there are a number of systems in place, apart…

Residents Were Warned, Contractor Says; Damages to be Assessed

Source: Channel 5 Belize While Belize Roadway Construction is not accepting liability for damages caused by the explosion, the company is reaching out to residents of the Santa Cruz community in an effort to mitigate the financial impact of the tragedy.  Through the services of attorney Rachel Juan, victims of the massive blast are…

Family Says Murdered Israel Chuc Had Been Attacked Before

Source: Channel 5 Belize Israel Chuc This morning, the Chuc family from San Ignacio spoke out about the murder of Israel Chuc. The thirty-four-year-old was discovered dead in the Branch Mouth area of San Ignacio and police initially did not suspect foul play. But a postmortem on Tuesday revealed that he was in fact…

Prison Lifer Back to Jail for Alleged Rape

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kenroy Cooke Forty-three-year-old Kenroy Cooke was arraigned today in court on two counts of unnatural act and one count of harm which occurred on the twenty-fifth and twenty-ninth of November of this year. Magistrate Aretha Ford read the charges to Cooke and adjourned the case to March fourteenth 2018.  Cooke,…

Senate Government Caucus Skeptical on Maritime Areas Amendment

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michael Peyrefitte The Senate met for its final session for 2017 this morning in Belmopan. On the agenda were four bills and two motions brought from the House of Representatives along with a few ratifications of international treaty commitments. But the big story coming out of the Upper Chamber tonight…

Accused killer from San Pedro captured in Veracruz, Mexico

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

Unarmed Honduran security guard murdered in Belize City

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

BCCI’s response to PM Barrow’s letter

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

As Charges Come, Accuser Seeks Justice

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

Security Guard Murdered; 2-Week Break in City Snapped

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

In San Ignacio, Israel Chuc Dies Suddenly

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

Inmate to be Charged with Raping Another

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

Accused in Gas Tomza Robbery Deny Involvement in Court

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

Fire Hits Market Stall

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

Gimme 5 – Daughter Accepts Mom’s Grand Prize

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

Christmas at Stella Maris

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

PLB Champions Verdes Rules Sports Monday

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

House meeting today

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

Audiaz Lopez, 24, dies in traffic accident

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

Prisoner sodomized at Belize Central Prison

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

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

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

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

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

Why Franz Parke Had To Go

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

Marilyn Williams Moving Up to Supreme Court

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

Hold Up at Gas Depot Caught On Camera

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

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

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

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

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

CitCo Behind Again in Garbage Arrears

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

Will Waste Control Stop Picking Up Garbage? CitCo Says No

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

With Public Hearings Over, Report Due Early Next Year

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

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

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

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

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

FBI documents link Goldson with Cuba in 1967

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

Two charged for beheading death of Hilton Wade, 56

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

Justice Franz Parke resigns from the Court of Appeal

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

Villagers Fired Up in Teakettle over Police Misconduct

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

Police at it Again in Belize City; Randy Chambers Targeted

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

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

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

Grandmother Denies Younger Hyde a Target

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

Franz Parke Resigns as Supreme Court Case Looms

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

What Happened to Cayo’s Victor Spain?

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

Is Teakettle “Jose” a Robber or a Victim?

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

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

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

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

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

Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas expo 2017

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

Could Your Coffee Habit Lengthen Your Life?

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

National Garifuna Council honours Andy Palacio’s birthday

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

Four shallow graves found in Caye Chapel

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

BNTU weighs in on UHS debt

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

Cost of living still on the rise

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

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

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

Another beheading

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

$90 million debt “morally reprehensible”

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

Clinton Arthur Davis’s tragic murder remains unsolved

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

To pay or not to pay … that is the question

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

Two charged in beheading murder of Hilton Wade

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

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

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

Businessmen balk at new taxes, time for reform

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

Don’t shoot the messenger!

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

Third parties weigh in, with strong condemnation

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

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

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

Belize Progressive Party says GOB should pay up

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

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

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

Is Parliament or Constitution Supreme?

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

A Way the Belize Bank Can Still Get Their Money

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

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

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

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

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

St. Martin’s Builds ‘Swift Hall’

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

Reward to Find Missing Hubert Richards, 83

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

The strange case of the missing Indian medical student

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

Clinton Arthur Davis, 54, murdered

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

Barrow dodges the media

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

Bishop Ann Henning Byfield comes to Moments of Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

Belize Bank defends loan note, sledges Gov’t.

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

In few words, why Krismos so awesome in Belize

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

Belizean health care

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

La atención médica en Belize

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

Suspected drug plane goes down and burns in Orange Walk

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

Did land dispute cause gruesome death of Clinton Davis?

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

Police land multiple suspects

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

Homeowner burgled in Sandhill

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

Orange Walk town holds annual tacos fest

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

Indian student missing for weeks

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

Man’s body found near home off highway

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

$90 mil battering for Belize

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

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

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

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

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

U.H.S. ‘Came Up,’ but Belize Must Pay

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

The Government’s “Catch-22”

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

Clinton Davis Discovered Dead near City Estate

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

Faber Cries Shame on Ex-P.M. Musa

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

National Assembly Has Tough Decision to Make

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

CARICOM and Belizeans Ponder Marijuana

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

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

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

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

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

Costs from Arbitration Rose Due to Government ‘Obstinacy’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Questioned, But Why Was Michelle Anison Killed?

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

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