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July 20, 2018

Belize

Arthur Twice Scorned by PUP

Source: The Reporter While there has been no official declaration, the Reporter has been able to confirm from multiple sources that the vetting committee of the PUP has met to review the application Link: Arthur Twice Scorned by PUP

Gunmen Shoot Minor on Kraal Road

Source: The Reporter On Wednesday night, at around 7:25pm, Glenda Young and her daughter Alia Flowers, 13, were inside the yard of their home on #14 Kraal Road in Belize City when two Link: Gunmen Shoot Minor on Kraal Road

ANOTHER VICTIM OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE

Source: The Reporter Reporter: Mike Rudon, Editor Police sources say that Raymond Arnold, 34, a stevedore of a Belize City address, died at around 1:50am at the KHMH while being treated for two Link: ANOTHER VICTIM OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE

Daughter Grazed During Gunfire in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two females came under gunfire on Wednesday night in the south side of Belize City. The city has been silent of gunfire for days, but around seven-thirty p.m., up to eighteen shots rang out on Kraal Road. Residents scattered as the bullets ricocheted off the pavement and nearby metal bars…

Minors Behind Belize City Home Invasion on Pitter Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo There were two robberies and a home invasion in less than twenty-four hours in the Old Capital, beginning late on Tuesday night and into Wednesday afternoon. As we’ve reported, armed thieves made off with a cell phone and some jewelry from a couple just before midnight on Tuesday…

Cardenas’ Cotton Case Against Chad Settled

Source: Channel 5 Belize Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel did not have to make a ruling in a civil suit brought against businessman Chad Eckert. That’s because the parties managed to put their differences aside and agree on common grounds. The U.S. investor, who eventually surfaced as the owner of Apex, was being sued…

BIG PROJECTS, SIGNS OF KEY ECONOMIC GROWTH SECTORS IN BELIZE

Source: The Reporter Exclusive – reporter.bz/business This is another true indicator of a general feeling of confidence in Belize’s economic development prospects and the tourism sector. Because such projects are carefully studied by Link: BIG PROJECTS, SIGNS OF KEY ECONOMIC GROWTH SECTORS IN BELIZE

Belizean Businessman Busted with AK-47 Rifles in Melchor de Mencos

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Belizean businessman was busted with an AK-47, ammunition, drugs and thousands of dollars in different currencies in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Thirty-three-year-old Francisco Javier de la Ho Duarte along with forty-three-year-old Aolibama Mengibar were captured in a raid conducted by police in Melchor de Mencos on Tuesday night. Police…

Home Invasion on Pitter Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize A couple endured a terrifying home invasion on Tuesday night on Pitter Street in Belize City. Fifty-eight-year-old Salvadoran national Vilma Ramirez and her husband Elias Ramirez were held up by two armed robbers inside their home and tonight they say they fear for their safety. Elias Ramirez says that the…

Belmopan Car Dealer Caught with Contraband Goods

Source: Channel 5 Belize Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Lopez was caught with a cache of uncustomed goods on Tuesday night. At around eight-forty-five, police in Benque Viejo del Carmen intercepted Lopez who was driving a Suzuki SUV.  Lopez, who is a car dealer of Belmopan, had left from the Benque Viejo Free Zone when police intercepted…

John Saldivar Describes U.D.P. Dream Team for 2020

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since the beginning of the week, Minister of National Security and aspiring U.D.P. party leader, John Saldivar has been putting together an unofficial slate of the best possible combination of United Democratic Party candidates to contest the 2020 general elections.  His Facebook posts have sparked debate in some corners, among…

MIDDAY BROWN-OUT / BLACK-OUT IN BELIZE

Source: The Reporter At 1.05pm this afternoon air-condition units and fans came to an abrupt halt, as Belize suffered another BROWN-OUT, It has been several months since the last Brown-Out or Black-Out , Link: MIDDAY BROWN-OUT / BLACK-OUT IN BELIZE

TACO VENDOR ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

Source: The Reporter There are reliable reports indicating that at around 10:30 this morning a Belizean taco vendor located on the Phillip Goldson Highway near its junction with Buttonwood Bay Boulevard was robbed. Link: TACO VENDOR ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

TROPIC-AIR PLANE DAMAGED IN FLORES. PETEN

Source: The Reporter A small aircraft belonging to Tropic Air which was parked at the Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores, Peten was flipped over during a freak storm on Tuesday evening. According Link: TROPIC-AIR PLANE DAMAGED IN FLORES. PETEN

Crop-duster crashes in More Tomorrow

Source: Amandala News MORE TOMORROW, Cayo District, Mon. July 16, 2018– Today, sometime after 9:15 a.m., there was an aircraft accident near the More Tomorrow Village. Police and Civil Aviation personnel visited the area, where Henry Plett, the pilot, told them that while […] Link: Crop-duster crashes in More Tomorrow

Panamanian attorney wants CB Governor, Joy Grant, fired

Source: Amandala News Grant told Amandala that the site appears   to be “fake news,” but Wikipedia, when     we checked tonight, does not have issuewire.com in its fake list. BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 16, 2018– Choice Bank, an offshore bank located on Marine Parade, […] Link: Panamanian attorney wants CB Governor, Joy Grant, fired

CYDP Sports Summer Camp 2018

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 16, 2018– The CYDP (Conscious Youth Development Programme) held its two-week Under 15 Summer Camp from July 2 – 13 at the Yarborough Court and Field. The Camp had 100+ kids who participated in life skills […] Link: CYDP Sports Summer Camp 2018

Stake Bank Cruise Port to Break Ground in August

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Stake Bank Cruise Port is finally getting off almost a decade after it was first conceived and introduced by developer Michael Feinstein.  The proposal to construct a cruise ship terminal off the coast of Belize City that would rival Harvest Caye in southern Belize is set to begin in…

Stake Bank to Proceed Without Controversial Causeway

Source: Channel 5 Belize The project will see the employment of hundreds of local laborers in erecting the twin piers, as well as the structures on the island.  Once completed, however, Stake Bank will be off-limits to Belizeans wanting to enjoy its myriad amenities, similar to Harvest Caye in the south.  That’s because in…

Is the Proposed Cayo Rosario Development Massive?

Source: Channel 5 Belize In another tourism development, two months ago we reported on the proposed development at Cayo Rosario in San Pedro. Tourism stakeholders, fishermen and residents are opposed to the development of the small caye because it falls within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.  The National Appraisal Environment Committee has gone ahead…

David Gegg’s GST Appeal Case Heard by the CCJ

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nigel Hawke A peculiar case was argued before the Caribbean Court of Justice today. It boils down to whether or not local tour operators must pay GST though cruise lines are exempted.  At an appeal hearing today, businessman David Gegg, owner of Cruise Solutions Limited and Discovery Expeditions Limited, is…

S.C. Eamon Courtenay: This is Not a Case of Tax Avoidance

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay Representing David Gegg and his two companies is Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay.  Courtenay made the point that this is not a case in which Gegg is avoiding to pay tax, but about determining whether the General Sales Tax Act applies to tour operators.   Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for…

Fire in the ‘Co-op’

Source: Channel 5 Belize A fire destroyed a part of the storage room at the Northern Fisherman Co-operative in Belize City over the weekend. The early morning fire was quickly contained from spreading to the rest of the building. At this time, investigators are not sure what exactly caused the blaze. They say that…

A Motorcyclist Loses His Life on the Hummingbird Highway

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Twenty-three-year-old Alberto Adelfonso lost his live on Sunday in a fatal road traffic accident along the Hummingbird Highway.  The Dangriga resident was a riding a motorcycle and upon nearing miles twenty and twenty-one he collided into a commuter bus traveling in the opposite direction.  The massive impact extensively…

Philip Willoughby is Appointed to the NICH Board

Source: Channel 5 Belize Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber confirmed two appointments within his ministries while at an event held today at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City. Phillip Willoughby will be named to the board of the NICH. Last week, DPM Patrick Faber signed off on the appointment of board members…

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Conferred with Order of Distinction

Source: Channel 5 Belize Immediately on his arrival today, the Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu was conferred with the Order of Distinction.  Wu, who is in country on a two-day visit to Belize on the invitation of Minister Wilfred Elrington, received the distinction in recognition of the friendly relations between Belize…

Limited Funds Available for I.C.J. Referendum Campaign

Source: Channel 5 Belize Belize recently received a two hundred and fifty thousand U.S.-dollar donation from the U.S. Government for its referendum campaign on taking Guatemala’s territorial claim to the International Court of Justice. The education campaign has been ongoing, but low-key. The Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has put the cost of the campaign…

World Cup 2018 final: France 4-2 Croatia

Source: The Reporter When the decisive blows arrived, it was the entire France squad in the victory scrum by the corner flag. Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper, had run the entire length of the Link: World Cup 2018 final: France 4-2 Croatia

FIRE AT NORTHERN FISHERMEN COOPERATIVE

Source: The Reporter Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Investigations are underway to determine what caused a fire at Northern Fishermen Cooperative headquarters in Belize City this morning. Sometime after 7:00am someone saw thick black Link: FIRE AT NORTHERN FISHERMEN COOPERATIVE

POLICE CONFIRM SHOOTING. Saint Joseph St. Friday Night

Source: The Reporter Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police have confirmed that a man was shot Friday evening on St Joseph Street in Belize City. Initially, it was not clear if Nyerere Parchue, 23, Link: POLICE CONFIRM SHOOTING. Saint Joseph St. Friday Night

The inspirational journey of Kaedhyn Williams

Source: Amandala News Her eyes twinkled with confidence and her smile enveloped the room as she exclaimed her future goals and intentions. Kaedhyn Williams is an 11-year-old Belizean American who is the oldest child of Belizean parents Marvin Williams and Tamarah Major Williams, […] Link: The inspirational journey of Kaedhyn Williams

BNE oil spill in Spanish Lookout

Source: Amandala News Department of the Environment and BNE officials “have nothing to say” BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 12, 2018– Most Belizeans would not have known that there was an oil spill at the Belize Natural Energy (BNE) Spanish Lookout facility last Sunday […] Link: BNE oil spill in Spanish Lookout

Shooting on Saint Joseph Street

Source: The Reporter A shooting reportedly occurred a short while ago on St Joseph Street in Belize City. Police have cordoned off the area and have not yet released any details. We will Link: Shooting on Saint Joseph Street

POLICE FIND STASH OF WEED & GUN

Source: The Reporter Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Two police searches, one in the north and the other in the west, have resulted in the discovery of a stash of weed and a gun; Link: POLICE FIND STASH OF WEED & GUN

Messenger Injured During Robbery on Saint Thomas Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize Reports were received of a shooting incident this evening in Belize City for which one man, believed to be a messenger, was injured. Sometime around five o’clock rush hour, the corners of Saint Joseph and Saint Thomas Streets in the vicinity of the YWCA swimming pool was cordoned off by…

An Underground Oil Spill at Belize Natural Energy

Source: Channel 5 Belize Personnel from Belize Natural Energy worked around the clock to avert any damage to the environment in Spanish Lookout where an oil spill occurred. The spill was caused by a leak in a pipe at one of the wells. That leak led to a gush of an undisclosed amount of…

CCJ Welcomes New President with Special Sitting

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Caribbean Court of Justice held a special sitting today at its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago. The solemn occasion, the first of two, was held to honour the court’s new president Justice Adrian Saunders who takes over from Justice Denis Byron.  Saunders is the third president of the C.C.J.…

EDITORIAL – JULY 13th.

Source: The Reporter In 1978, three years before Independence, the Government of Belize commissioned a legal opinion from two distinguished international lawyers: E. Lauterpacht Q.C. and Dr. D.W. Bowette, Q.C. Their terms of Link: EDITORIAL – JULY 13th.

Butane Explosion Injures Three, One Critical

Source: The Reporter Marion Ali: Assistant Editor An otherwise quiet Monday afternoon on Mopan Street turned almost deadly in an instant when a butane gas leak inside an apartment complex  triggered an explosion Link: Butane Explosion Injures Three, One Critical

SATIIM Dissatisfied With US Capital Consultations

Source: The Reporter Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter US Capital Energy has begun preliminary consultations with villages in southern Belize as part of the procedure for applying for a new oil concession; however, the Link: SATIIM Dissatisfied With US Capital Consultations

Was Sudden Death Caused By Medical Malpractice ?

Source: The Reporter Marion Ali: Assistant Editor A family is blaming the public health system, and particularly the Western Regional Hospital, for the death of their loved one on Saturday; and they are Link: Was Sudden Death Caused By Medical Malpractice ?

Michael Tesecum Survives a Second Attempt on His Life

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michael Tesecum A forty-one-year-old resident of Belize City narrowly escaped death on Wednesday night after a second attempt was made on his life. Michael Tesecum was on Tiburce Street when a gunman came dangerously close to him and opened fire. The shooter then fled leaving the injured victim to die…

Nisani Garcia Charged for Orange Walk Murder of Alberto Vargas Jr.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nisani Garcia Police have moved swiftly to crack the murder of Alberto Vargas Junior in Orange Walk.  A Belize City construction worker was arrested and charged; twenty-four-year-old Nisani Daniel Garcia is believed to be the triggerman in the execution on the Belize/Corozal Road on Tuesday night some-time around eight. Police…

1 Man Charged for Murder of Emmanuel Sosa

Source: Channel 5 Belize Emmanuel Ivan Sosa Thirty-eight-year-old Emmanuel Ivan Sosa was fatally shot back in April at the Pasadita Bar in Ranchito Village. Three months later, twenty-one-year-old George Bednarik has been charged for the murder which occurred in the early hours of April fifteenth.  The owner of the bar was reportedly closing up…

Murder Charges to Come for Cliff Kirk Killers

Source: Channel 5 Belize Clifford Kirk The expectation is that the charges will be upgraded to murder for Christian Espat, Nigel Williams and a sixteen-year-old minor following the death of Clifford Kirk, an American expat.  The trio was charged for shooting and robbing Kirk on Monday; the aggravated burglary occurred at his home on…

Man Critical after He Was Stabbed in San Pedro

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo A man was stabbed in San Pedro Town sometime on Thursday. He is now in a critical condition at the K.H.M.H. and police say they are now questioning a woman who was detained. ASP Alejandro Cowo says that there is not much known at this time, but the…

SolGen Says Jalacte Claim is Way Out of Time

Source: Channel 5 Belize A lawsuit involving the Government of Belize, brought against the Office of the Attorney General by residents of Jalacte Village, is being heard before Justice Michelle Arana.  On Wednesday, submissions were made by attorneys representing members of that Mayan community.  They argued that government failed to seek the free, prior…

Grayson Cadle Remains Critical at the K.H.M.H.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Grayson Cadle Grayson Cadle remains in a critical condition tonight in the hospital. He is the twenty-one-year-old who was burnt to seventy percent of his body when a butane leak inside his neighbour’s apartment sent off an explosion on Monday evening after four.  Cadle has since been placed in an…

Grayson Cadle Needs Your Help

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marianne Emmanuel Cadle But the road to recovery may be long for Grayson Cadle. And that is why his best chances may be at an overseas medical facility for burn victims.  According to Marianne Cadle, they are working with Yvette Burks of the Burn Victims Mercy Fund to get him…

Philloughby Resigns from NEMO and Prepares for Port Loyola Race

Source: Channel 5 Belize Phillip Willoughby Former four-term city councilor Phillip Willoughby took up the post of Operations Officer with the National Emergency Management Organization in April, following a stunning defeat of the United Democratic Party’s slate in the March seventh municipals.  Willoughby landed the job with NEMO just a few weeks after the…

G.O.B. Back in Court Over Land Rights Claim in Jalacte

Source: Channel 5 Belize Attorneys for the Government of Belize are fighting yet another lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court by the indigenous Maya community of southern Belize.  The claim brought against the Office of the Attorney General was first reported in April 2016 and has to do with a sixty-acre swath of land…

Taiwanese Foreign Minister to Visit Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, is expected in Belize on an overnight visit next week. According to a report in the official press in Taiwan, Wu will be heading here on the sixteenth and seventeenth of July following a visit to El Salvador. Support for Taiwan has been dwindling in…

SHOOTING REPORTED IN LAKE I AREA

Source: The Reporter A man was reportedly shot in the Lake Independence area of Belize City sometime after 7:00 tonight. The Reporter understands that  the victim, 41, was shot in the left side Link: SHOOTING REPORTED IN LAKE I AREA

Robbery in Ladyville

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Ladyville resident reports that she was robbed on Tuesday night around nine o’clock. Thirty-two-year-old Shaniva Arnold was walking with a group of persons on Albert Quilter Street when they were pounced upon by two men, one was armed. The duo proceeded to rob them of a long list of…

No referee! No game!!

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 9, 2018– The poor accommodations and terrible playing surface was not enough to dampen the spirits of some “die hard” football fans who showed up at the MCC Grounds yesterday afternoon, hell bent on witnessing the […] Link: No referee! No game!!

Elections and Boundaries Commission members appointed

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 9, 2018– At a Special Sitting of the Senate last Thursday, the members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission were named. Two of the four appointed persons were named by the Prime Minister, and the other […] Link: Elections and Boundaries Commission members appointed

Massive weed, ammo and guns bust in Chan Chen

Source: Amandala News CHAN CHEN, Corozal District, Mon. July 9, 2018– Yesterday around 5 p.m. in the village of Chan Chen, police who were conducting an anti-drug  operation made a massive discovery of marijuana, ammunition, and firearms. The items were found in a […] Link: Massive weed, ammo and guns bust in Chan

The only PG trash used to be natural!

Source: Amandala News Dear Editor, When we came to British Honduras in 1972 we came to the most undeveloped district—Toledo, where there was no plastic and no trash. The place was truly pristine. In Punta Gorda only the most basic foodstuffs were available […] Link: The only PG trash used to be natural!

One Man Critical; Leaking Butane Tank Caused Explosion

Source: Channel 5 Belize Grayson Cadle Two women and a man were sent to the hospital on Monday evening after an explosion at an apartment building in Belize City.  A faulty butane cylinder in one of three apartments on the lower flat of the building at the corner of Mopan and Mahogany Streets caused…

How to handle a leaking butane cylinder

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are questions on whether the explosion could have been avoided? Well, according to the fire officials, having a butane cylinder inside a house is a hazard and even more so when the tank is corroding or faulty.  Monday’s explosion in a residential area could have been disastrous. Today, Station…

Gas Depots in Residential Areas Are Risky

Source: Channel 5 Belize The location of the fire at the corner of Mopan and Mahogany Streets sits directly across from Brown’s Gas Depot.  Had the fire not been contained, it could have proven dangerous.  Station Officer Orin Smith explains the dangers of gas depots within residential communities. He says that Brown’s has been…

All Confiscated Assets Released to BSWAMA Says SolGen Hawke

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nigel Hawke The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, a statutory body, has recovered all of its assets that were crow-footed during a writ of execution carried out on behalf of Vision Architects on June twenty-ninth.  At the time, all of the office’s equipment, including furniture, appliances and vehicles, were seized…

Butane Tank Explodes; 3 Persons Are Hospitalized

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight, three persons are the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after a fire broke out inside a home on the corner of Mopan and Mahogany Streets in Belize City, dangerously close to Brown’s Butane Gas Depot. Around four-thirty this evening, a loud explosion was heard coming from the lower flat of…

Call of Duty Video Game Ends With Real Life-Execution

Source: Channel 5 Belize Emerson Talbert A Belize City man from Racecourse Street, who was shot just after midnight on Sunday, died hours later at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Twenty-two-year-old Emerson Talbert and two other persons were playing video games, a favourite pastime, when he was executed. The group was at a house…

2 Adults and a Minor Arraigned for San Pedro Home Invasion

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nigel Williams & Christian Espat A U.S. expat Clifford Kirk remains hospitalized in the United States where he was flown to for emergency medical treatment following an attack on his life. Kirk’s house is located about ten miles from San Pedro and last Thursday, he was gravely injured during a…

11 Belizeans to Study Medicine in Cuba

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Cuban Embassy hosted a farewell event for students who are leaving Belize to study medicine in Cuba. The scholarship programme started some twenty years ago, under the leadership of late Cuba President Fidel Castro, to build capacity within CARICOM member states. And so far about two hundred students have…

Western Regional Hospital Gets Major Improvements

Source: Channel 5 Belize An extension of the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Western Regional Hospital officially opened today to receive patients.  The new wing, worth more than two hundred thousand U.S. dollars, came as a result of an increasing number of persons needing emergency services.  The unit was built and equipped using…

Ladyville Police Gets 2 Motorcycles

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two Honda motorcycles were donated to the City Council Traffic Department by Fantasy Five winner Hernan Serrano.  Today, the generous bus owner was in his home village to handover two more cycles, this time to the Ladyville Police Station for crime fighting initiatives.  A News Five team stopped in at…

54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society

Source: Channel 5 Belize Belize is hosting the fifty-fourth annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society. The five-day regional conference started today with the participation of various international and regional organizations. Stakeholders will be exchanging information on research and technology and in keeping with the theme, members are also tasked with advancing Caribbean…

Large CHAN CHEN DRUG BUST

Source: The Reporter Belize City, July 9th, 2018 The Belize Police Department showed the media a large cache of drugs, guns and ammo. that was discovered by the police during recent anti-drug operations in Chan Chen, Corozal. http://www.reporter.bz/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Chan-Chen-bust.webm Link: Large CHAN CHEN DRUG BUST

Hon. John Briceño comments about education system

Source: The Reporter Leader of the Opposition Hon. John Briceño says that there is something seriously wrong with our education system. He says that our teachers have not been given the tools to do their jobs properly and the results of this neglect are obvious. In his weekly message Briceño goes into his…

Fire in Belize City, developing story

Source: The Reporter Reporter. Marion Ali A fire was reported a short while ago in Belize City.  The blaze was reported in the vicinity of Brown’s Butane Gas Service in the Mopan Street area.  It is not certain if anyone was injured as fire fighters are still putting out the blaze. We will…

Editorial – July 8

Source: The Reporter By. Jackie Fuller Mr. Shoman continues in his own words: “We cannot let the matter ride. We cannot surrender. We must continue to struggle!”Today the need to struggle is more urgent than ever because Guatemala has agreed by a substantial referendum, to submit her claim to the International Court of…

3 arrested for near-fatal home invasion in San Pedro

Source: The Reporter Reporter: M. SutherlandPolice have arrested three people – two men and a minor – for the near fatal home invasion last Thursday which left San Pedro resident, Cliff Kirk, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.Police have charged San Pedro residents, Christian Espat, 22; Nigel Williams, 25, and a 16-year-old…

LARGE DRUG BUST IN CHAN-CHEN, Corozal

Source: The Reporter Belize City, July 9th, 2018 The Belize Police Department showed the media a large cache of drugs, guns and ammo. that was discovered by the police during recent anti-drug operations in Chan Chen, Corozal. http://www.reporter.bz/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Chan-Chen-bust.webm Link: LARGE DRUG BUST IN CHAN-CHEN, Corozal

Father and son charged for drug trafficking

Source: The Reporter Reporter: Michelle Sutherland A man and his son from the Finca Solano area of Corozal town were both arrested and charged for drug trafficking after a police raid on their home on July 5 yielded two parcels of cannabis. On July 5th, around 1:00 p.m. Corozal police executed a search…

Attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres appointed chair of Integrity Commission

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 5, 2018– The Senate met today in a special session to consider a number of appointments, but the debate in the Upper House was dominated by the appointment of attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres to head the Integrity […] Link: Attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres appointed chair of Integrity Commission

Basketball champions celebrated with luncheon

Source: Amandala News U19 and U13 both won gold; U17 won silver BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 5, 2018– The Ahmadiyya Basketball team recently participated in the “Hoops on the Beach” basketball tournament held in Cancun, Mexico. Despite the lack of facilities provided for […] Link: Basketball champions celebrated with luncheon

Accused, undefended rapist acquitted

Source: Amandala News Rudolph “Tubba” Smith, 43, identified by the victim in ID parade and in court, and with no alibi witness and without a lawyer, won unanimous verdict against Crown Counsel Killeru Awich BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 5, 2018– A jury of […] Link: Accused, undefended rapist acquitted

Riding across Belize for kidney patients

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. July 4, 2018– The Ride Across Belize is a community-supported annual initiative by the Social Security Board (SSB) to raise funds to support charitable causes and aid in the development of Belize. According to the SSB’s website, […] Link: Riding across Belize for kidney patients

Akeem Vargas Gunned Down in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Akeem Vargas Twenty-five-year-old Akeem Vargas was shot multiple times early on Thursday night as he headed to his Wagner Lane’s house. He is the first murder victim in the city in seven days in an area that has been relatively quiet for years.  A gunman emerged near Simon’s Alley and…

AG to Excuse Himself from UNCAC Meetings

Source: Channel 5 Belize Despite the disparaging remarks made by the N.T.U.C.B. against the island nations of Tuvalu and Haiti back in March, a meeting with the UNCAC representatives has also been scheduled.  According to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, he is steering clear of the consultations in order to avoid the perception of influence…

Arthur Saldivar to Reapply for P.U.P. Belmopan Convention

Source: Channel 5 Belize Attorney Arthur Saldivar’s application for an injunction to stop the P.U.P.’s Belmopan convention was not heard today. In fact, the application has been withdrawn following the party’s announcement three days ago that Saldivar would be allowed reapply. At a press conference on Tuesday, Party Chairman Henry Charles Usher said that…

A New Elections and Boundaries Commission is Named

Source: Channel 5 Belize One of the matters on the agenda of the special senate meeting was the appointment of four commissioners to the Elections and Boundaries Commission, chaired by Doug Singh. It comes over two months late and days after the start of the re-registration process. The new commissioners are Phillipa Griffith Bailey,…

Family Offers 15K for Information Leading to Omero Campos

Source: Channel 5 Belize A reward of fifteen thousand dollars is being offered for any information that can lead police or the family of Omero Campos to his whereabouts. The family says that the information should be concrete and precise and the source will be kept confidential.  The forty-three-year-old businessman was kidnapped on June…

Girl Raped by Ex-Boyfriend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police in Cayo are investigating a case of unlawful sexual intercourse. Along with her mother, a fifteen-year-old girl reported to police on Thursday that she was sexually assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. The incident is said to have happened more than a month ago on May twenty-sixth, 2018. Police are investigating.

Belize city restaurant robbed

Source: The Reporter http://www.reporter.bz/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/WhatsApp-Video-2018-07-06-at-2.21.22-PM.mp4  Reporter: Michelle Sutherland.New Fortune Restaurant located at the corner of East Collet Canal and King street in Belize city was targetted by three thieves on Thursday night.While no one was injured in the hold-up, the men escaped with $700 in cash, proceeds from the day’s sale.Xinhui Zhang, 54, propreitor…

Akeem Vargas shot dead on Wagner’s Lane

Source: The Reporter A shooting on Wagner’s Lane in Belize city on Thursday night has claimed the life of Akeem Tiron Vargas, 25. Vargas was shot to the right side of his neck and under the right ear around 7:00 p.m on July 5. According to police, Vargas was walking towards his home…

Guatemalan citizens can re-register: Attorney General

Source: The Reporter Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte told the media today – despite a reported pause by the Immigration Department on the issuance of Belizean nationality to Guatemalans amid concerns over the renunciation of their original nationality – that Guatemalans who had gotten their citizenship before the pause should still be able to…

UNCAC inspection team to finally arrive this weekend

Source: The Reporter A team of government experts from the nations of Haiti and Tuvalu, whose February visit to Belize was reportedly postponed due to logistical challenges with arranging their travel plans, is now set to arrive in Belize this weekend for the first country inspection visit since Belize acceded to the United…

Expat in Critical Condition after he was shot and robbed

Source: Channel 5 Belize Clifford Kirk An American expat was shot this morning in San Pedro when robbers stormed inside his home. Tonight, sixty-year-old Clifford Kirk, better known as ‘Cliff’, is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head. Around eleven-thirty this morning, four robbers went to Kirk’s house located at…

What Are the Risks of Not Going to the I.C.J.?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington The referendum date is set for April tenth next year, and while there have been presentations here and there, the public awareness and preparedness campaign on taking Guatemala’s claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice was officially launched today at the Laing building in Belize…

U.N.D.P. & the U.S. Assisting Belize with I.C.J. Campaign

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two partners are offering support for the I.C.J. Campaign. The United Nation Development Programme will provide high level technical advice for referenda and elections related processes.  The U.S. government announced a donation of five hundred thousand dollars through its CARSI programme, toward the I.C.J. campaign as well as the re-registration…

Belize to Get Support from International Community

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington Five hundred thousand Belize dollars is only a drop in the bucket from the biggest country in the Group of Friends of Belize pushing for a resolution to the claim by the I.C.J.   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi’ Elrington agrees that the contribution is minimal, but…

OW South P.U.P. Area Representative Faces Lawsuit from Arana Family

Source: Channel 5 Belize Orange Walk South P.U.P. Area Representative, Jose Abelardo Mai, is before Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel. The lawsuit against Mai stems from a traffic accident which occurred on the Phillip Goldson Highway on April first, 2016.  Mai knocked down fifty-nine-year-old Julia Arana while driving through Trial Farm Village in the…

Meet the New C.E.O. of the K.H.M.H., Michelle Cox-Hoare

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital officially introduced today its new Chief Executive Officer who takes over from Doctor Adrian Coye. The new C.E.O. has over three decades of experience in the medical field and was appointed from within having risen through the ranks. She is Nurse Michelle Cox-Hoare, who is…

BERT Responds to Complaints about Ambulances Down

Source: Channel 5 Belize Today, News Five received several reports of BERT being unable to carry out ambulatory services because the emergency vans at the facility were all down. We were able to confirm with Executive Director Andre Carillo that one of its ambulances was experiencing mechanical problems while another was out dealing with…

Three Guatemalan prisoners escape from prison

Source: Amandala News HATTIEVILLE, Belize District, Mon. July 2, 2018– Police are investigating the breakout of three Guatemalan prisoners from the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville that occurred sometime between 1:00 and 3:00 yesterday morning. The three escapees — Roni Lopez, 31; Abraham […] Link: Three Guatemalan prisoners escape from prison

Say no to the ICJ!!!

Source: Amandala News On the controversial re-registration opening day, the “No ICJ Movement” was launched by nationalist organizations BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 2, 2018– A multi-organization group hosted a press conference this morning at the Belize Institute of Management (BIM) to discuss the […] Link: Say no to the ICJ!!!

Titan case argued at the CCJ

Source: Amandala News Court will issue ruling at future date BELIZE CITY, Fri. June 29, 2018– The owners of Titan International Securities, Bahamians Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, have been in a protracted legal battle with the Government of Belize that finally made […] Link: Titan case argued at the CCJ

“Chu Chu” Allen improving, but still needs help

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 2, 2018– Former semipro footballer Andrew “Chu Chu” Allen is battling a kidney condition which seemed life threatening a few months ago after a doctor visit in Orange Walk. An operation was said to be urgent, […] Link: “Chu Chu” Allen improving, but still needs help

Bhrea Bowen Gets 10K from GSU Lawsuit

Source: Channel 5 Belize A constitutional case has finally brought relief to a minor whose liberty was breached by the Gang Suppression Unit.  Six years ago, on July six, 2012, then fourteen-year-old Brhea Bowen was arrested by the Gang Suppression Unit while at a summer camp. On that same day, the G.S.U. searched her…

Bowen Happy to Leave GSU Incident in the past

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brhea Bowen An emotional Brhea Bowen exited the court room of Supreme Court Justice Shona Griffith along with her mother, Romie Anthony, saying she hopes that she can put the nightmare behind her.   Brhea Bowen, Claimant “All these years I have not really thought of it. I have talked…

Brandon Cattouse 0 – NADO & BCF 1 – in Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize It did not go well today in court for Brandon Cattouse. Since April twenty-sixth, 2018, the elite cyclist has been on a provisional suspension from riding after he tested positive for E.P.O., recombinant human erythropoietin. E.P.O. is frequently used by athletes as a performance-enhancing drug. Today, in the Supreme Court…

NADO Followed Protocol in Cattouse’s Testing and Suspension

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to Attorney Darrell Bradley, an arbitrator from Spain has been selected by the Regional Anti-Doping Organization to oversee the proceedings; that person has since been in contact with the three parties involved. Now, this is not the first instance in which a Belizean athlete has tested positive for a…

Rudolph Smith Jr. Charged with Rape & Aggravated Burglary

Source: Channel 5 Belize Rudolph Smith Junior A jury was still deliberating this evening in the court of Justice Colin Williams for a verdict in the case of Rudolph Smith Junior, charged with rape and aggravated burglary. Smith is accused in an incident that occurred in November, 2011, at a house on Berkley Street.…

‘Packbread’ is Killed in Dangriga

Source: Channel 5 Belize Melvin Locke Fifty-year-old Melvin Locke left his family and home on Sunday night for a routine game of dice in the Backatown area of Dangriga which he is known to frequent.  The handyman, who is also called “Pack Bread,’’ didn’t return home alive.  Just after midnight, he was executed as…

Police Looking for a Suspect in Warren Rudon’s Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Warren Rudon There have been developments in the murder investigation of seventeen-year-old Warren Rudon who was shot and killed in Belize City on Thursday night.  The teenager was fatally injured in an armed assault during which he was shot once in the head as he walked along Lovely Lane around…

3 Guats Escape from Prison

Source: Channel 5 Belize Three Guatemalans escaped from the Belize Central Prison in the early hours of Sunday morning. The men, all charged with illegal entry into the Chiquibul National Park and firearm offences, were on remand when they broke out between one and three-thirty on Sunday morning. Police say they have set up…

Soli Arguelles, Victim of Home Invasion

Source: Channel 5 Belize We’ve been reporting on the growing number of robberies at businesses and residences on the north side of Belize City. Over the weekend, a well-known couple was targeted on Saturday night in a home invasion at the residence of seventy-two-year-old Solangel Arguelles on Baymen Avenue in Belize City. Miss Soli…

Re-Registration – the First Day!

Source: Channel 5 Belize The last re-registration of electors took place in 1997. Another should have followed ten years later, but the law was amended for it to occur fifteen years later, which should have been in 2012. The process has been postponed twice since then, but this morning it got underway countrywide in…

PM Goes to CARICOM Head of Government Meeting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country for Jamaica over the weekend where he is scheduled to attend the Thirty-ninth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Montego Bay.  The conference which begins on July fourth will be hosted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and will focus primarily on issues relating…

Sports Roundup with James Adderly

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

NICH hosts 16th Archaeological Symposium

Source: The Reporter Archeologists and historians from all over the country and beyond gathered in San Ignacio this week for the 16th Annual Belize Archaeology Symposium. NICH hosted the three-day event at the San Ignacio Hotel under the theme “From the Early Formative to the Postclassic in Central Belize: Challenges to the Narratives…

Guatemalan prisoners on the loose

Source: The Reporter Three Guatemalan prisoners are on the loose after escaping from the Belize Central Prison this morning. Details are still forthcoming but reports are that 31-year-old  Ronnie Lopez, 23-year-old Abraham De Paz, and 41-year-old Encarnaracion De Paz escaped around 6 a.m. The men had been in prison for illegal entry into Belize…

Falling tree crushes man to death in Cayo

Source: The Reporter A man was reportedly crushed to death by a falling tree this afternoon. The incident happened in the Cayo district.The Reporter is following up for more details on the incident. Link: Falling tree crushes man to death in Cayo

Saldivar lawsuit postpones PUP Belmopan convention

Source: The Reporter The People’s United Party’s convention in Belmopan which was scheduled for July 1st, has been postponed in connection with Arthur Saldivar’s pending court action against the party. Saldivar applied to the Supreme Court for an injunction on June 15th, after the PUP barred him from becoming a candidate in the…

Man shot in PG

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A man was shot in Punta Gorda last night. The incident happened in the Hollywood area sometime before midnight. The victim is Bryan Jacobs. The Reporter will have more about the incident as well as Jacobs’ condition when the police releases the details. Link: Man

Clarence Brown, 25, missing in San Pedro

Source: Amandala News SAN PEDRO, Thurs. June 28, 2018– Clarence Lorenzo Brown, 25, a tour guide of the DFC area of San Pedro, was reported missing on Thursday, June 21, by his mother, who has not seen him since June 13. Brown’s motorcycle […] Link: Clarence Brown, 25, missing in San Pedro

Murder, then suicide in Tacoma, Washington

Source: Amandala News American, Malcolm Tucker, 49, killed his Belizean wife, Rushan Tucker, and self BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 28, 2018– A report from the Associated Press (AP) out of Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday confirmed that an American man, Malcolm Tucker, 49, killed […] Link: Murder, then suicide in Tacoma, Washington

Pregnant woman and 3 others shot in Trial Farm

Source: Amandala News The gunman also tried to kill two children TRIAL FARM, Orange Walk District, Thurs. June 28, 2018– A mass shooting at Trial Farm left four persons, including a pregnant woman, injured, but thankfully, alive. The incident occurred on San Narciso […] Link: Pregnant woman and 3 others shot in Trial

Teenager Warren Rudon Murdered in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Warren Rudon The last murder in Belize City took place on June fourteenth, but that spell was broken on Thursday night when seventeen-year old Warren Rudon was executed on Lovely Lane. The gunman trailed Rudon as he walked towards the area known as Jungle. The teenager was on his way…

PUC Talks Mean Electricity Rate Increase

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brace up because beginning on Sunday, your light bill is going up for the next two years. This follows a decision taken on Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission as applied for by Belize Electricity Limited. The electricity company made a submission was made on April first, the beginning of…

PUC Outlines Expert Findings

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Avery When B.E.L. objected to an initial decision by the commission, an independent expert was appointed to review that conclusion and make recommendations to determine regulated values, tariffs, fees and charges to be included in the final decision.  Ambrose Tillett is the Director of Electricity with the P.U.C.  …

Choice Bank’s Licensed Revoked

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are new developments tonight in respect of Choice Bank following an announcement on Thursday that the institution would be allowing its customers to withdraw funds in three tranches leading up to its closure at the end of the year.  The bank, in its statement, said that clients would be…

Central Bank appoints a liquidator for Choice Bank

Source: Channel 5 Belize The problems of the bank started months ago when it started experiencing a liquidity crisis and was forced to suspend all withdrawals from deposit accounts.  By May, the central bank had instituted preventative measure to ensure that the bank was meeting the obligations of depositors and customers. In her statement,…

Teenager shot with pellet gun in Bella Vista village

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Independence police are searching for three suspects, one of whome reportedly shot a 19-year-old Bella Vista resident with a pellet gun on Tuesday night. Valentino Ack was reportedly shot to his right leg, left foot and left arm while he was walking along an unnamed street in…

Russel Hyde Jr. charged for shooting farmhand in Camalote

Source: The Reporter By Michelle Sutherland Russel Hyde Jr., son of the notorious late Russel Hyde, was charged by police on Tuesday for the Sunday evening shooting of Jose Gonzales, a farmhand who works on Hyde’s farm in Camalote village. Hyde Jr. was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate Court on charges of ‘aggravated…

Saldivar Explains Why He Wants to Contest P.U.P. Belmopan Convention

Source: Channel 5 Belize Arthur Saldivar The three candidates who have been accepted to contest the convention are Oscar Mira, Wiezsman Pat and Michelle Rodriguez. After this morning’s court session, Saldivar told supporters who had gathered at Battlefield Park why he wants to contest the P.U.P.’s Belmopan convention.   Arthur Saldivar, Suing the P.U.P. “We…

Unknown Caucasian woman drowns in Hopkins

Source: Amandala News HOPKINS, Stann Creek District, Mon. June 25, 2018– On Friday at about 6:24 a.m., police discovered the decomposing body of a Caucasian woman on the beach in southern Hopkins. The identity of the woman is unknown, but a police report […] Link: Unknown Caucasian woman drowns in Hopkins

BZ$251,000 in 48 hours for Omero Campos’ life

Source: Amandala News The kidnappers demanded 20 bitcoins, estimated to be about BZ$251,103.16, for the San Narciso businessman’s life BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 25, 2018– Omero Campos, 43, a businessman of San Narciso, Corozal District, whose family learned that he had been kidnapped […] Link: BZ1,000 in 48 hours for Omero Campos’ life

2-year-old child badly bitten by pitbull

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 25, 2018– On Saturday, June 23, a 2-year-old boy, Kyle Carter, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was badly bitten in the face by a pitbull. Carter and his mother, Brianna Kelly, […] Link: 2-year-old child badly bitten by pitbull

The Ripper visits

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 25, 2018– A prominent figure in Belize City 1st Division football from the glory days of the 1970s, Phillip “The Ripper” Coye spent over an hour chatting with a couple of his former Charger teammates, yours […] Link: The Ripper visits

The Bliss in terrible shape

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 25, 2018– The Bliss Institute was built in 1954 at a cost of a little over a quarter million dollars and was a one-of-a-kind facility in Belize City, with the upper part housing the Belize Library […] Link: The Bliss in terrible shape

Camalote Villager Shot by Off-duty Police Corporal

Source: Channel 5 Belize An officer-involved shooting in Camalote Village on Monday flew below the radar for over thirty-six hours, despite several inquiries to ascertain what transpired that evening.  Forty-four-year-old Truman Parham was shot by off-duty Corporal Luis Matute during an incident in which it is alleged that he entered the policeman’s yard wielding…

Autopsy Confirms: Lindberg Anthony Died by Hanging

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lindberg Anthony A post mortem examination, following the death of fifty-six-year-old Lindberg Anthony inside a holding cell in Crooked Tree Village, indicates that the well-known mechanic died as a result of asphyxia due to hanging.  That’s according to a relative of his whom we spoke with by phone this evening. …

Israeli Training Not About Military Self-Defense

Source: Channel 5 Belize The controversy surrounding the Israel training of officers and civilians, in both the public and private sectors, easily eclipsed a government-led initiative to bolster the capacity of the police department in the area of community policing.  That’s because the ceremony held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan on Tuesday…

Israeli Training to Build Trust through Community Outreach

Source: Channel 5 Belize Elodio Aragon Jr. The idea of strengthening the substance of the department through community outreach, says Aragon, is a necessary means of fortifying those with shared interests within the society.  That, according to the Minister of State, begins with building trust.   Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, Police “The…

Protesters Not Fazed by National Evangelical Association of Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Yasser Musa Just before the protest got underway, the National Evangelical Association of Belize offered its support. NEAB went on the offensive to say that Palestinians, funded and backed by terrorists, recently attempted a massive attack on Israel but met firm resistance. According to a NEAB release, Israel warns civilians…

CCJ Hears Case about Justice Samuel Awich in the Belize Judiciary

Source: Channel 5 Belize Samuel Awich The Caribbean Court of Justice today heard arguments concerning a judge in the Belize judiciary. In 2012, Dean Boyce and the British Caribbean Bank Limited, as well as Lord Michael Ashcroft, challenged the lawfulness of a decision made by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.  That autonomous, body…

Man Chopped to Death in Franks Eddy Village

Source: Channel 5 Belize Santos Guerra Dominguez A Salvadoran national was murdered in Frank’s Eddy Village, Cayo District in the early hours of Sunday morning. Santos Guerra Dominguez was reportedly in Belize visiting his son for the past month and was considering relocating from El Salvador.  But he met a cruel death, chopped to…

2-Year-Old Viciously Attacked by Pitbull

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kyle Carter A two-year-old boy is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital tonight, after being mauled by a pit bull inside his yard over the weekend.  Baby Kyle Carter had just returned home from the store with his mother on Saturday night when she set him down…

100 Stitches to the Face; Minor in Critical Condition at K.H.M.H.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo During this morning’s press brief, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo revisited details of the incident that was shared by the toddler’s family in a police report.   ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City “On Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, sometime just after seven, a female had just entered her…

Moneygram in Ladyville Hit by Armed Thief

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo Another business has been hit by robbers. Since the beginning of the month, we have been reporting on a considerable spike in the number of armed robberies which have seemingly moved from Belize City to its surrounding communities. This morning in Ladyville, an armed robber targeted the Moneygram…

Internal War within the U.D.P. over Questionable Land Deals

Source: Channel 5 Belize From crime to the questionable land deals at the Ministry of Natural Resources. Following the airing of a story last Friday, a full-fledged internal war within the U.D.P. has broken out on social media.  Leila Peyrefitte and Rommel Berges are two Freetown constituents whose land documents were leaked after they…

The Highlights of the Weekend Sporting Activities

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

Artists to protest Israeli training of Belize police

Source: Amandala News In a letter to PM Barrow and “all Belizean leaders,” the group said that “when the Israelis trained the Guatemalan Armed Forces, they told them to ‘treat the Indians like we treat the Palestinians.’” BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 21, 2018– […] Link: Artists to protest Israeli training of Belize police

2 Mennonite Motorists Perish in a Head-On Collision in Spanish Lookout

Source: Channel 5 Belize Another deadly collision, this time in the Spanish Lookout community, has claimed the lives of one more pair of motorists.  It is the second fatal pileup within forty-eight hours, involving persons on motorcycles.  Shortly before midday, twenty-year-old Roland Dyck slammed head-on into seventeen-year-old Franz Marten, a welder of Spanish Lookout. …

Recommendations to Curb Guatemalan Incursions in the South

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Thursday night you heard Cristina Coc of the Maya Leaders Alliance outline growing Guatemalan incursions and the impacts on the bordering Mayan communities.  On Wednesday, the Ministry of National Security John Saldivar, accompanied by Ambassador Alexis Rosado, went to the village of Dolores where they met with members of…

U.S. Immigration Strategy under Widespread Condemnation

Source: Channel 5 Belize More than two thousand three hundred children have been separated from their parents after crossing the southern U.S. border since May.  According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is part of a new immigration strategy implemented by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. Back in April, prosecutors were ordered to adopt…

CitCo Deputy Mayor Clarifies Trade License for Apex

Source: Channel 5 Belize There a resolution to a statement between the City and Government for the use of the new Civic Center as the Emergency Operating Center of City Hall in case a natural disaster heads our way. All that was settled amicably and City Hall gets to use the civic.  But there…

Police Launch Internal and Criminal Probe into Fatal Beat Down

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

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

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

2 Motorists Perish in Road Traffic Accident on Placencia Road

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

Two motorcyclists on separate bikes crash into truck and die

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

Belize International Services Limited Appeals Decision of the Supreme Court

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

BISL Wants Millions in Damages for IMMARBE and IBC Registry

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

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

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

DK Supermarket Rum Thief Gets Lucky

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

Manuel Pacheco, 56, jeweler, remanded for murder

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

Lightning kills Mennonite Jacob Weibe, 22

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

Fire on Freedom Street destroys home

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

PM Barrow Addresses Increases in Fuel Prices

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

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

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

Jeweller Manuel Pacheco is Arraigned for Murder of his Neighbor

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

Police Say Surveillance Evidence Secured Murder Charge

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

San Narciso Businessman Kidnapped

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

PC Mitchell Cobb Found Dead Behind Corozal Police Station

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

Fuel Prices Increasing Yet Again

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

Illegal Activities Continue within Columbia Forest Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

Child reportedly shot dead in San Pedro!

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

PUP’s Paul Thompson new Albert division standard bearer

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

Depositors asking court to close down Choice Bank

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

Businessman kills his next-door businessman neighbor

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

News Five Treks to South Cebada in the Chiquibul Forest

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

Hugo Patt Speaks on Taking over the Ministry of Natural Resources

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

Was Carla Barnett Pushed Out of Lands?

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

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

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

World Cup 2018 Russia Group Phase Week 1 schedule

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

Malik Humes, 21, remanded for aggravated assault and theft

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

4 life sentences for Belizean Brian Hyde, 22

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

2 students top PSE 2018

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

Assistance Pouring in for Survivors

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

Cabinet Reshuffles: Hugo Supplants Carla at Lands

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

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

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

Death Visited Philmore King at Residence in Hattieville

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

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

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

Di Creole Wagans Latest Target of Thieves

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

¼ Million Dollars for Brenae Timmons, Victim of Iron Gate

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

Over-40 Football Tops Sports Monday

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

BTL’s failed attempt at damage control

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

A little about Venezuela

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

Mark Seawell, 48, sues GOB for false imprisonment

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

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

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

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

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

Garifuna Collective Represent Belize at WOMEX Celebration

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

Wilser Echevarria Guilty of Manslaughter in Death of Diplomat

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

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