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April 23, 2018

Belize

Construction magnate Oscar Rosado Senior killed in own shop

Source: Channel 5 Belize Oscar Rosado There was a brazen midday murder in the City today. A well-known elderly businessman who had been targeted twice before unfortunately did not survive the latest attack on his life. Before one-o’clock today, Oscar Rosado Senior was shot and killed at his business, Rosado’s Construction Supply located on…

P.G. man meets death in early morning in Old Capital

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Punta Gorda resident also lost his life in an execution style murder just before midnight on Friday. Twenty-five-year-old Albert Johnson was attacked by a trio of men as he made his way on foot toward Regent Street. He was walking from Southern Foreshore unto Rectory Lane when he was…

Body of Leonel Velasquez found at sea

Source: Channel 5 Belize Leonel Velasquez The body of thirty-year-old mechanic Leonel Velasquez, from Paraiso Village, Corozal District, was found on Saturday. He had been reported missing at sea since last week Wednesday. Police have confirmed that the Coast Guard found the body of Velasquez between Middle Caye and Alligator Caye. A post-mortem examination…

Danny Mason and others to Belmopan court for kidnapping P.I.

Source: Channel 5 Belize William Mason Already facing charges of murder in the Supreme Court, the notorious William “Danny” Mason and five co-accused could face a separate trial for kidnapping in two weeks. Mason; Ashton Vanegas of Camalote Village; brothers: Keiron Fernandez and Terrence Fernandez, as well as Ernest Henry Castillo, all of Roaring…

Cricket Update from the BNCA

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Apr. 17, 2018– Greetings from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! There were some great matches played over the weekend in the Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2018. In Rancho Dolores, Police Cricket Club went […] Link: Cricket Update from the BNCA

Mayor Darrell Bradley’s $133,000 concert spree

Source: Amandala News The money was spent on a pre-election concert at BTL Park BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 19, 2018– The Belize City Council, under former UDP Mayor Darrell Bradley, apparently was used as a cash cow for all kinds of questionable things […] Link: Mayor Darrell Bradley’s 3,000 concert spree

How to Spend 130 Thousand Dollars on a “Free” Concert

Source: Channel 5 Belize Back in February, the Belize City Council, then controlled by the United Democratic Party, hosted a free concert at the B.T.L. Park marking the anniversary of its remodeling. The event boasted appearances from international artists Baby Cham and Ce’cile and Belizean heavyweights Supa G and Ernestine Carballo among many others.…

The Woes of the Municipal Airstrip

Source: Channel 5 Belize Millions of dollars, as much as seventeen, were spent on the overhaul of the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airstrip which was launched with much fanfare in November 2016. But a week ago, which is less than two years since its renovation, the runway had to be closed because it needed…

Corozal Man Fell Out of Boat, Now Missing

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lionel Velasquez A thirty-year-old mechanic from Paraiso Village in the Corozal District is missing at sea since Wednesday and his family fears the worst. This afternoon, Anna Leticia Revolorio came to News Five studios on Coney Drive asking for assistance from boaters and pilots to help in the search of…

Search Continues with Eagle Eyes of Coast Guard

Source: Channel 5 Belize Anna Leticia Revolorio Efforts to locate him were immediately conducted by the captain to recover Velasquez, while a ‘man overboard’ distress signal was radioed in to the resort. According to a release issued by the resort, the Belize Coast Guard was contacted within minutes and two additional vessels from the…

Trouble in the Judiciary? D.P.P. Is Thrown Out of JLSC Meeting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cheryl-Lynn Vidal There is another issue to add to the mounting troubles in the judiciary.  Last February, the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal was elevated from vice president to President of the Bar Association. Her election was uncontested; it was a first for Belize, and as we understand, for…

City Administrator Suing the Belize City Council

Source: Channel 5 Belize Candice Miller City Administrator Candice Miller continues to serve a month-long suspension from managerial duties at City Hall.  Miller was temporarily removed from office following disclosure that former city council employee Joe Bradley had racked up a tab of roughly six thousand dollars at a nearby Chinese restaurant.  While Mayor…

P.U.P. Party Leader Weighs in on Wagner-Miller Differences

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño Leader of the Opposition John Briceño has also weighed in on the City Hall fiasco, chiding former Mayor Darrell Bradley for granting Miller a four-year contract extension, months prior to the recent municipal elections.  But is Miller coming back to city hall? There is a report that the…

AG on U.S. Drug Report – “Unfair and Cowardly”

Source: Channel 5 Belize On April ninth, a U.S. Narcotics reports listed Belize as one of twenty-two major drug transit countries. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. State Department designated Belize, saying, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector…

Briceño Says PM’s Land Attacks Are Bogus

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño During the budget debate at the end of March, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called out Opposition Leader John Briceño accusing him of dubiously amassing huge acreages of land in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts during the P.U.P. era of government.  PM Barrow went on to list the…

A Conference on Drafting Legislation and Policy Development

Source: Channel 5 Belize A two day law-making conference opened today in Belize City. The event was organized through the Office of the Attorney General to help build capacity within government ministries. Michael Peyrefitte explained that his office is swamped with drafting policies and the workshop will improve the skills and knowledge of policy…

Addressing Corruption at Recent Summit of the Americas

Source: Channel 5 Belize Last week a Belizean contingent attended the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Peru. Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Belize’s Ambassador to the U.S. and O.A.S. Daniel Gutierrez represented Belize. Today, the A.G. told us about the discussions at the summit and the focus on…

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the New President of Cuba

Source: Channel 5 Belize Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new President of Cuba today, one day after a secret vote in that country’s National Assembly. Diaz-Canel, who turns fifty-eight on Friday, has been in the government for thirty years and was selected by a vote of six hundred and three to one…

Plant World Nursery to Stabilize Citrus Industry

Source: Channel 5 Belize The citrus industry continues to face turbulence, having to deal with HLB disease and low production at the factory.  But there is a glimmer of hope for the Citrus Growers Association which has its eyes set on pineapple production as a means of realizing additional revenue.  Citrus Products of Belize…

4 Dead Manatees Discovered Up the Belize River

Source: Channel 5 Belize On April seventeenth, the team consisting of Jamal Galvez from Sea to Shore Alliance, a Port Officer and OCEANA personnel, was on routine patrol monitoring no wake zones along the Belize City coast and the Belize River. The patrol is conducted through partnership with the MARFund project to ensure that…

C.G.A. Fighting to Save Plant World Nursery from Receivership

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is mounting trouble in the citrus industry in the south. Already facing a significant decline in production, down to three million boxes, the news tonight is that the Citrus Growers Association is in deep financial trouble. Faced with a five million dollar debt which it has been unable to…

Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry

Source: Channel 5 Belize Citrus production will see a sharp decline of almost seven hundred thousand boxes of oranges this year, down from three point two million in 2017.  That downturn is being attributed to HLB, or citrus greening, disease.  While production of grapefruit goes up, there are concerns that both fruits are being…

How Nursery Can Still Save Citrus

Source: Channel 5 Belize Despite its financial woes, all is not doom and gloom in the citrus industry.  There is optimism to report from the Plant World Nursery project.  C.E.O. Anderson believes that once it gets off the ground fully and the arrears are covered, the investment will provide monies for its stakeholders.  …

Trio Including Belizeans Held for Out-of-Season Lobster in Guatemala

Source: Channel 5 Belize We regularly report on nationals of Guatemala and Honduras caught in Belizean waters with illegally captured produce, but rarely in the other direction. But according to Guatemalan media reports, on Tuesday morning three men were picked up by Guatemalan military personnel near Livingston. Prensa Libre reports that radar on the…

Ivan Sosa, 38, shot dead in front of bar in Ranchito

Source: Amandala News RANCHITO, Corozal District, Mon. Apr. 16, 2018– Ivan Emmanuel Sosa, 38, a laborer of Ranchito, lost his life when he intervened in a robbery at a club in Ranchito at about 12:20 yesterday morning. He died almost instantly when the […] Link: Ivan Sosa, 38, shot dead in front of

Guatemalans voted yes to ICJ referendum

Source: Amandala News No date has been set for Belize’s referendum. The voter turnout in Guatemala was low. GUATEMALA CITY, Mon. Apr. 16, 2018– Voters in Guatemala went to the polls yesterday, Sunday, April 15, to cast ballots in a referendum (popular consultation) […] Link: Guatemalans voted yes to ICJ referendum

James Jason Bellencio, 30, murdered on Lovely Lane

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 16, 2018– The life of Jason James Bellencio, 30, a laborer of Barrack Road, Belize City, was brutally cut short at about 6:30 yesterday evening. Bellencio was walking on Victoria Street towards Barrack Road, when, upon […] Link: James Jason Bellencio, 30, murdered on Lovely Lane

Tax them

Source: Amandala News It is too much for one week. Earlier in the week, a brilliant, wonderful Belizean had some bad things to say about cigarettes on his Facebook page. I am not one hundred percent with the anti-smoking lobby so I threw […] Link: Tax them

Gov’t Says Yes to I.C.J. but Belizeans Have Final Say

Source: Channel 5 Belize Patrick Faber Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has chimed in on the outcome of Guatemala’s referendum, sharing with the media a personal view on the democratic process in the absence of a cabinet meeting.  On Monday, the Government of Belize issued a statement applauding Guatemala for successfully carrying out its…

If It’s a No, Respect, but Nothing Changes

Source: Channel 5 Belize The possibility of voters saying no to the ICJ is a very real likelihood.  If that were indeed the case, Faber says that government would have no choice but to respect the will of the people.  The drawback, however, is that Belize would once again find itself in the very…

Keep Politics Out of I.C.J. Decision

Source: Channel 5 Belize Patrick Faber On Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño told News Five that government has fallen short of meaningfully consulting with the People’s United Party on what has long been a national issue.  This evening, Deputy Prime Minister Faber responded by saying that the P.U.P. are in fact the ones that…

Guatemala Foreign Minister Commends Relations with Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sandra Jovel Polanco News Five, in an interview with Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, touched on two topics of special interest to Belizeans in the wake of Sunday’s referendum. The first concerns relations between the countries. At the highest level, says Sandra Jovel Polanco, things could not be better. Polanco…

FM Sandra Jovel Polanco Promises Guats Will Respect Any Ruling

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sandra Jovel Polanco But could relations be soured or broken irretrievably if the International Court of Justice, assuming assent from both populations, rules in Belize’s favor? It’s a question that makes both sides uncomfortable considering Guatemala’s prior reputation and the scale of how much Belize has to lose. But Minister…

Patrick Faber Explains Why He Has Not Been Acting for P.M.

Source: Channel 5 Belize For a second time in a few weeks, Corozal North Area Representative Hugo Patt has been named Acting Prime Minister.  The appointment comes in the absences of Prime Minister Barrow and Deputy Prime Minister Faber who have both been out of the country on official business.  Earlier today, we asked…

City Cops Get New Booths in Patrol Areas

Source: Channel 5 Belize Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett is at it again. This afternoon the Eastern Division South Regional Commander was at the corner of West Canal and Rocky Road in south side Belize City where a new police booth was installed at the location following requests made by officers and a resident on…

Howell Gillett Talks to Wagner’s Youths, Plans to Make Them GREAT

Source: Channel 5 Belize This morning, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett addressed the inmates at the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. In his statement, Gillett touched on a number of topics including conflict resolution, anger management, bullying, gang violence and a range of other topic areas. With the blessing from the U.S.…

3 prisoners escape from Corozal Police Station

Source: Amandala News COROZAL TOWN, Corozal District, Thurs. Apr. 12, 2018– A breakout occurred at the Corozal Police Station’s detention center, and two men who were detained and a prisoner serving a sentence are now on the run. The three men are Marvin […] Link: 3 prisoners escape from Corozal Police Station

UDP bloodletting at PG Town Council

Source: Amandala News The council says that 10 workers terminated, “to reduce operational expenditure;” one victim says it is because the Council believes that he and others supported the other mayoral candidate in the UDP convention PUNTA GORDA, Thurs. Apr. 12, 2018– The […] Link: UDP bloodletting at PG Town Council

Marcia Downs, 37, mother of two, gunned down

Source: Amandala News  The cold-hearted gunman shot at her twice — hitting her once in the head BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 12, 2018– Marcia Downs, 37, a mother of two children, 5 and 8, who was an employee at Channel 5 Belize on […] Link: Marcia Downs, 37, mother of two, gunned down

Double Murder on Small Island; Robbery Suspected

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gabriel Escalante & Mark Sewell A double murder took place early this morning at Caye Lagos which is located about four miles south of Caye Caulker. The small caye is occupied primarily by fisher folks but at three this morning; tragedy struck for two men socializing at a three-story building…

Ladyville Shocked by Deaths of Well-Known Citizens

Source: Channel 5 Belize The shocking double murder of Mark Sewell and Gabriel Escalante has devastated two families but the close knit Ladyville Community is also in mourning. The two men were described as friendly and easy-going productive members of the village. Two friends of the deceased told us that the killings have left…

1 Held for Sudden Death of Marcia Downs

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marcia Downs There are more details tonight on the murder of former Great Belize Productions Channel Five employee, Marcia Downs. She will be laid to rest this Saturday following funeral services at Central Assembly of God Church on Freetown Road.  On Wednesday night, she was executed at a gate leading…

G.S.U. Versus G.S.G. Showdown Leaves Many Injured

Source: Channel 5 Belize It spread like wildfire on Thursday night during news time that officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit had opened fire on George Street residents. While it has since been confirmed that the officers used non-lethal rubber bullets, the residents are crying foul even though the unit is claiming that…

Channel Five’s Marcia Downs, 37, Shot Dead at Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marcia Downs The relentless cycle of gun violence has left us devastated here at Great Belize Productions Channel Five. Today, we mourn the death of one of our own, Marcia Downs. A mother of two, Marcia left work on Wednesday evening and within hours, she was dead. Someone she knew…

Romel Berges Cleaned Up for San Pedro Land

Source: Channel 5 Belize The family of Government Minister Rene Montero, according to documents, got more than three million dollars in compensation and interest for lands taken by a former administration almost two decades ago. The story broke just before the municipal elections. But what happened to the land itself? In the case of…

U.S. Pledges to Help Belize Fix Drug-Smeared Reputation

Source: Channel 5 Belize All of Central America including Belize has been listed in the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. State Department, published this week. These and other countries have been identified as major sources and in Belize’s case, transshipment points for illicit drugs including marijuana and cocaine, most of…

Corruption a Concern; the Good Must Help Isolate the Bad

Source: Channel 5 Belize Deborah Lingwood The primary finding of the I.N.C.S.R. states, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative capacity, an ineffective judicial sector, and a lack of political will.” But U.S. Embassy acting deputy chief of…

K.H.M.H. Dismisses Some Employees – but They Want Bosses Gone

Source: Channel 5 Belize Meanwhile, an employment crisis is unfolding at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, amid other serious issues that the national referral hospital is presently facing to do with the crumbling roof.  News Five understands that there has been a string of terminations at the hospital in which a number of employees,…

7 “Bar Workers” Face Immigration Offenses

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Immigration Department has recently been conducting raids on establishments believed to employ persons who are suspected victims of trafficking in persons.  Over the weekend, seven women employed in four such different bars in Belize City and Ladyville were detained and on Tuesday, taken to court. While there was no…

Hail Storm Overruns Crique Jute, Toledo

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Tuesday, a freak storm hit Crique Jute (hoo-te) Village in southern Belize around three-thirty in the afternoon. It was approximately thirty minutes of hail and what residents say were winds of about thirty to forty miles per hour. Huge trees were taken down blocking pathways to houses and destroying…

Despite Charge, Victim Appears to Forgive Ladyville Attacker

Source: Channel 5 Belize Stabbing victim Douglas Bowen of Ladyville has insisted he does not wish to press charges for an attack against him last Thursday. But police have nonetheless brought the accused, twenty-year-old Dowellson Blair, to court on a charge of dangerous harm. Bowen was stabbed in the leg during an altercation with…

Cops Have All the Laws on the Books

Source: Channel 5 Belize Equipping the Belize Police Department with current law books is equally as important as providing officers with handcuffs and service weapons.  In fact, the fight against crime requires that all personnel be familiar with the laws of Belize.  This afternoon, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte handed over a volume of fifteen…

Donation Will Lead to Proper Charges

Source: Channel 5 Belize The set of books, says Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, should aid officers in apprising themselves with the relevant laws in order to lay proper charges on suspected criminals.   Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Eastern Division South “The officers could now come directly to an office right where they work…

4 charged for importing 76 lbs. of weed from Mexico

Source: Amandala News COROZAL TOWN, Corozal District, Mon. Apr. 9, 2018– Police, on Thursday night on the Philip Goldson Highway, near the northern border, stopped two vehicles and made a random search to see if they were carrying any illegal items. The occupants, […] Link: 4 charged for importing 76 lbs. of weed

WW Cross Country results – Sunday, April 8, 2018

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 9, 2018– Here are the results from the Weekend Warriors (WW) Cross Country held yesterday. The “A/B” riders left from in front of Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo, at 9:05 a.m., to finish at […] Link: WW Cross Country results – Sunday, April 8,

Belize major illicit drug transshipment point: US

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 9, 2018– The United States Department of State has just released its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) and Belize is named in the report as one of the major drug transshipment countries. The INCSR […] Link: Belize major illicit drug transshipment point: US

Is Mayor Wagner Being Undermined By Administration?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Bernard Wagner According to Mayor Wagner, there seem to be forces within his administration that are working against the best interest of the Belize City Council. He questions their tardiness in presenting him with the guidelines for carrying out that form of public assistance due to their political differences.  …

City Administrator Suspended: Is Mayor Wagner on a Witch Hunt?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Candice Miller City Administrator Candice Miller has been suspended from managerial duties until sometime in early May, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into questionable debts left behind by the former Belize City Council.  Those arrears include a hefty tab owed to a Chinese restaurant situated across the street…

U.S. Raps Belize’s Drug-Fighting Efforts Again

Source: Channel 5 Belize The United States Government has dealt another blow to Belize on the heels of a previous decision to rank Belize on tier three of the Human Trafficking Report, which also brought a one-year-suspension for temporary work visas for Belizeans. Earlier today, it listed Belize along with all of its Central…

April 15th Referendum Will Go On

Source: Channel 5 Belize The P.U.P. has reacted to a statement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington to this station on April fourth. Elrington said that he had been advised that according to Guatemala’s constitution, it must take any result of a case at the International Court of Justice to another referendum.…

Jimmy Morales Wants More than Half of the Jewel…

Source: Channel 5 Belize Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales has hit the road in the last lap of his country’s campaign for the I.C.J. before the April fifteenth referendum. On Sunday, he was in Petén, one of two Guatemalan provinces that directly border Belize. Morales had a message for Belizeans: in one breath, he said…

Guat Army Turns Back B.T.V./B.P.P.

Source: Channel 5 Belize As President Morales was touring the Peten area, the Belize Territorial Volunteers attempted to travel to the Sarstoon, where Belizeans now require permission from Guatemala to traverse. This weekend, the BTV hosted members of their allied political party, the Belize Progressive Party, for a strategic meeting in Punta Gorda Town.…

Ladyville Man in Coma after Stabbing

Source: Channel 5 Belize There were no murders recorded this weekend. But in Ladyville, there was an almost fatal stabbing. Douglas Bowen is tonight hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in an induced coma following an incident in the Japan area.  Bowen was stabbed on Sunday night after a basketball game. Police say,…

Easter murder – George Hyde, 37, found chopped to death

Source: Amandala News In an eerie coincidence, Hyde had been tried for the murder of Canadian missionary Keith Haslam, 69, who had similarly been chopped to death, also in Buena Vista BUENA VISTA, Cayo District, Sun. Apr. 1, 2018– Easter Sunday morning brought […] Link: Easter murder – George Hyde, 37, found chopped

Fuel, butane gaan up, electricity gwine up!

Source: Amandala News The only ting di go down “da u chance ah living!” Electricity rates to increase by 7.1 percent in July; cost of cooking food going up again, by $10 per 100-lb cylinder BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 5, 2018– A release […] Link: Fuel, butane gaan up, electricity gwine up!

City Administrator Candice Miller suspended for one month

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 5, 2018– Before he demitted office earlier this year, former Belize City mayor Darrell Bradley signed a 4-year contract with city administrator Candice Miller, saddling the incoming city administration with Miller for four years, one year […] Link: City Administrator Candice Miller suspended for one month

Leeroy Haylock Killed in Fight in San Pedro

Source: Channel 5 Belize Leeroy Haylock The forty-ninth murder victim since January is a youth from San Pedro. He was killed in the early hours of this morning on the north side of La Isla Bonita. Just after midnight, twenty-two-year-old Leeroy Haylock was slashed to the throat and left for dead in a bushy,…

Boy Mauled and Disfigured by Marauding Rottweiler

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jase Brown Three-year-old Jase Brown of Belmopan is in a bad way tonight, after suffering a sudden and vicious attack by a Rottweiler. He had gone out walking with his father in the Orchid Garden area on Tuesday and on their way home the canine came out of nowhere and…

John Saldivar Makes Quiet Visit to South Side Checkpoints

Source: Channel 5 Belize Like American military officials in Iraq or Afghanistan, Minister of National Security John Saldivar, his C.E.O. and other top brass in the Police Department swooped down on the south side of Belize City on Thursday night. It was done mostly in secret and it was intended to get a first…

P.M. Picks Hugo Patt to Act During Medical Appointment

Source: Channel 5 Belize Beginning today and until next week Tuesday, Hugo Patt, the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities will be acting as Prime Minister. It is the first time that Patt is assuming that role which is reserved for the Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, who…

Dangriga Man Bailed for Unlawful Sex Act

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dangriga resident Hezron Ellis is out on bail of five thousand dollars, three months after being charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a female minor. The twenty-one-year-old was told by Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams to report to the Dangriga Police Station every Friday, effective next week Friday, until…

Man Wants to Plead Guilty but Says Drugs Aren’t His

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fifty-four-year-old Herman Reyes of LaCroix Boulevard is out on bail for a drug trafficking charge. Police on Thursday found two separate parcels of cannabis together weighing just over half a pound. But according to Reyes, the marijuana is not his; he does not smoke it, nor does he sell it,…

Police Lay Charges in Border Drug Bust

Source: Channel 5 Belize Four persons have been charged in connection with the drug bust made at the northern border on Wednesday night. Blancaneaux Maudel, Michelle Benguche, Kenyon Lewis and Phylmore King were charged with importation of drugs, drug trafficking and unlicensed ammunition. As we reported this week, Corozal Police were tipped about two…

City Kids Get a Taste of “Village Life” in Maskall

Source: Channel 5 Belize The quiet Easter weekend in Belize City was due as much to police watchfulness as to the fact that most Belizeans left town for cooler climes like the cayes, Placencia, or the interior. But the new police command remains adamant about starting to heal the wounds and scars from generations…

Butane Gas Going Up by $10

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is no reprieve for consumers as prices for essential goods keep going up. Fuel went up just before the Easter and your light bill is likely to go up soon enough by as much as seven percent.  Tonight, the news is that you will be spending more for the…

Police Name Kevin Bodden as Suspect in Kendis Flowers Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize A wanted poster was issued today by the Belize Police Department for twenty-five-year-old Kevin Bodden. According to police, he is the prime suspect in the murder of Ghost Town boss, Kendis Flowers, who was executed almost three weeks ago on March seventeenth at the corner of Sibun and Mahogany Streets.…

Double Vehicle Bust of kilos of Marijuana at Northern Border

Source: Channel 5 Belize There have been a number of anti-drug operations around the country. Up north at about nine p.m. on Wednesday, Corozal police were tipped about two vehicles at the border heading to Belize City from Chetumal. In one of the vehicles, a Ford Escape, driven by Blancaneaux Maudel and passenger Michelle…

Hattieville Suspects Reversed Flow of Controlled Substances

Source: Channel 5 Belize All four detainees are residents of Hattieville, Belize District, but police say that they are not known as drug peddlers. In this case, the cannabis is coming from Mexico because it is reportedly of a higher grade. Inspector Ferrufino was also asked to explain this dynamic.   Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino,…

What Really Happened to Kendis Flowers?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kendis Flowers By News Five’s unofficial count, there have been forty-eight murders in the span of three months and a few days, or on average sixteen per month. One of the more sensational murders was the execution of Ghost Town boss Kendis Flowers, murdered two weeks ago at the corner…

Police Say They Know Who Killer Is – and It’s Not G.S.U.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Howell Gillett Police have denied involvement. Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett this afternoon reiterated that the critical surveillance footage in their possession vindicates the GSU and that police had intended to show the video to the family. While he could not confirm whether that has taken place, Gillett maintained that the…

P.U.P. Proposed Special South Side Development Zone

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño The Opposition People’s United Party had objected to the calling of any state of emergency or declaration of public emergency areas by the Governor General, accusing the Prime Minister of skirting the National Assembly which has the same powers under section eighteen of the Constitution.  But more importantly,…

Legislation Not Enough, Says Dickie Bradley

Source: Channel 5 Belize Richard “Dickie” Bradley Attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley has also weighed in on the matter of emergency zones. He says had the public emergency declaration gone through, the government could have opened itself up to damaging accusations of abuse of process in safeguarding our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights in the service of fighting…

“Lova Boy” Accused of Rape, Kidnap in L.A.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Daniel ‘Lova Boy’ Cacho There is breaking news tonight that thirty-six-year-old punta rock artist Daniel Cacho, known to all as “Lova Boy”, is behind bars. The artist is being held without bail in a Los Angeles detention center. He is charged with two counts rape of a minor and two…

B.E.L. Wants to Raise Your Light Bill

Source: Channel 5 Belize Just in time for the Easter holidays, the prices of fuel went up driving the cost of living further up. The news tonight is that the cost of another utility may likely hit consumers where it hurts the most; in their pockets. The Belize Electricity Limited says it has made…

Sedi Says Guats Insisting on 2 Referenda

Source: Channel 5 Belize On April fifteenth, a referendum is scheduled to take place in Guatemala on taking the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. But should Belize be worried about the legal challenge filed last Wednesday in Guatemala’s Civil Constitutional Court? The attorneys for Guatemalans Lionel Nájera and Héctor Quezada argue…

FM Elrington: We Will Monitor, But Not Worry

Source: Channel 5 Belize In December of 2016, Belize’s Senate, which has sole responsibility for ratification of treaties, protocols and other official documentation, ratified along party lines the 2008 Special Agreement and 2015 amendment. At that time it appeared that the country was nowhere close to a referendum after a joint date in 2015…

Belizeans Considering Similar Court Challenge…

Source: Channel 5 Belize But Minister Elrington could not have known that earlier, we were made aware of just such plans by a group of litigants. They took their plans to attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, who told us that they are still canvassing for legal opinions. But he noted that Belize has a similar…

Louisville Asks Police to Ease ‘Stress’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eliodoro Ya The murder of Eleazar Chan has rocked the small village in the north. His nephew, Eliodoro Ya, is also the chairman of Louisville and tonight he is imploring the police department to solve this crime as soon as possible because villagers have lost their sense of security.  …

Police Nab Accused Killer of Emmerson Anderson

Source: Channel 5 Belize Anthony Lloyd Reyes Police have also made an arrest in the murder of forty-four-year-old Emmerson Anderson who was killed six days ago at the long barracks at the corner of Sibun and Ebony Streets in Belize City. While he was not the intended target, it is believed that two persons…

Dristen Reyes of Teakettle Betrayed near Birthday

Source: Channel 5 Belize In western Belize, two persons were also murdered in separate violent crimes. A twenty-one-year-old Teakettle villager was reported missing by his family on Wednesday and two days later, his body was found not far from the village in Camalote Village, Cayo. He had been shot to the head and buried…

Jury acquits Hilberto Perez, 50, of manslaughter

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Mar. 27, 2018– Hilberto Perez, 50, a businessman of Perez Road, Ladyville, was found not guilty of a charge of manslaughter today in the court of Madam Justice Marilyn Williams. The jury of 9 women deliberated for […] Link: Jury acquits Hilberto Perez, 50, of manslaughter

Mayflower Street/Ghost Town and GSU rumble

Source: Amandala News Angry residents and police clash over allegations of police involvement in Kendis Flowers’ death BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 26, 2018– The weekend of Saturday, March 17, was the bloodiest weekend so far for the year. In Belize City alone, five […] Link: Mayflower Street/Ghost Town and GSU rumble

Eva Middleton, activist and manager for BAPDA, dies

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Tues. Mar. 27, 2018– Well-known activist for the Belize Association of People with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA), Eva Narcisa Middleton, 65, died Saturday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she was hospitalized after she suffered a massive […] Link: Eva Middleton, activist and manager for BAPDA, dies

The other Bernard’s tough job

Source: Amandala News Bernard Wagner just picked up the toughest job in Belize. He is now the Mayor of Belize City and the government of the day is from the other party. That other party is notorious for being bad-minded. The last Mayor […] Link: The other Bernard’s tough job

Emmerson Anderson is Shot and Killed in the Old Capital

Source: Channel 5 Belize Emmerson Anderson Police are looking for one person in connection with the murder of forty-four-year-old Emmerson Anderson, who was shot and killed on Wednesday night in Belize City. The Belize City resident was shot to the abdomen and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital around eight p.m.; minutes later…

Guillermo Salazar Ambushed in San Pedrito

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo Aside from the fatal shooting of Anderson, there was one other act of gun violence in San Pedro for which the victim is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The incident occurred on Tuesday night in the San Pedrito area where a turf war has…

C.C.J. Fixes Murder Term for Gregory August

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gregory August The Caribbean Court of Justice, in a decision handed down this afternoon, upheld the conviction of Gregory August for which he is incarcerated for the murder of Alvin Robinson in 2009.  While the CCJ affirms the ruling of the Court of Appeal, August’s sentence of life in prison…

Court Frowns on Dock Statements in Defense

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cheryl-Lynn Vidal According to the D.P.P., other matters related to the case were also debated before the appellate court.   Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, Director of Public Prosecutions “One of the issues that was argued was in relation to an accused person who remains in the safety of the dock and makes…

Fabio Paredes Dead; Killer Will Face Murder Charges

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fabio Paredes Fabio Paredes, a resident of Berkeley Street who was shot in both legs over the weekend, has succumbed to his injuries.  Belize City police confirmed earlier today that the laborer had passed away while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  On Monday, Assistant Superintendent of Police…

Howell Gillett Keeps Faith Despite Rough Welcome

Source: Channel 5 Belize And caught in the Mayflower and Deputy Commissioner Williams crossfire was new Officer in Charge of Eastern Division South Howell Gillett. He was on the meet and greet today – but he says he will not be deterred from carrying out the community policing activities because of high tensions in…

Mexican Limes Let Through After Treatment

Source: Channel 5 Belize Information reaching News Five is that some one hundred and thirty boxes of limes have been released from the cargo section at the Belize-Mexico border. The fruit is scarce in Belize and the Ministry of Agriculture had agreed to a pest risk analysis for importation, though it is not clear…

Shrimp Carries On in Aftermath of BAL Firings

Source: Channel 5 Belize Belize Aquaculture Limited has recently announced the retrenchment of a hundred employees at its shrimp farm in the Stann Creek District.  The streamlining exercise to reduce its workforce comes amid financial constraints caused by a disease outbreak three years ago.  While the company has been prudent in giving notice to…

Godwin Says Budget Has “Bright Spots”

Source: Channel 5 Belize Godwin Hulse The 2018-2019 General Revenue and Appropriation Bill is headed to becoming law going into the Easter break. Debate in the Senate wound up late Tuesday evening with the Leader of Government Business, Senator Godwin Hulse. Hulse contends that in his sprawling portfolio of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment,…

What To Do About Crime?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay Senators also touched significantly on the issue of crime during Tuesday’s budget debate, and the funding being put toward fighting it and keeping the streets safe. There was a cross-section of opinions from the P.U.P. to the social partners to the government. Whether the cause is poor parenting,…

A.G. Spars with Mark Lizarraga

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michael Peyrefitte “The Attorney General’s ministry will provide quality and innovative legal services to the government and people of Belize and will contribute to its development.” So reads the mission statement of that ministry as provided in the budget book. But in his budget presentation, business community Senator Mark Lizarraga…

Cable Operators Ask For Data Tax Ease, But Is It Too Late?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Local cable and internet service providers are in a pickle tonight, as they collectively face several issues that will affect what subscribers pay for internet.  Government is proposing a twelve and a half percent increase for data which will affect just about everyone across the board except for internet in…

Allen Felix Wanted for Murder of Mario Guerrero

Source: Channel 5 Belize Have you seen this man? Allen Russel Felix is wanted in connection for the murder of sixty-four-year-old Mario Guerrero Senior. Police have since issued a wanted poster for forty-four-year-old Allen Felix better known as “Dhadi” of number sixty Sunset Park Area, Western Paradise Village. Felix has short black hair, stands…

Trajectory of Budget Balancing Unbalanced

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Business Senator also zeroed in on how much the Government has had to borrow just to balance the budget. This year’s figure is some one hundred and eighteen million dollars, mostly sourced from Taiwan and draw-downs of previously approved loans and grants. Senator Mark Lizarraga pointed out that as…

Ghost Town Vs G.S.U. on Mayflower

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are more boots on the ground from the police department and the Belize Defense Force, following an eruption of gun violence among rival gangs on the south side of the city. But over the weekend that didn’t bring any security or peace, instead all hell broke loose on Mayflower…

Who Shot at K.H.M.H. Emergency Area?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Just before the mayhem on Mayflower, there was another shooting that could have had dire consequences and could have been catastrophic. The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is in crisis undergoing works for a damaged roof and is offering only fifty percent of its usual services, but it has not been…

Mario Guerrero Beaten to Death at Sunset Park Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mario Guerrero A sixty-four-year-old businessman was beaten to death with a barstool in the Sunset Park Community on the George Price Highway. According to police, they were called out to the murder scene after nine on Sunday night where they found Guerrero dead outside in the yard. Unconfirmed reports are…

Saldivar must go!!!

Source: Amandala News I have been super busy meeting deadlines and getting my paid job done, thus I have not been able to write my timely thoughts for readers. But trust me when I say that the issues of all the crimes, especially […] Link: Saldivar must go!!!

PUP trashes Barrow’s $1.83 billion budget

Source: Amandala News “Things dread under the red,” said PUP Party Leader BELMOPAN, Thurs. Mar. 22, 2018– It was anticipated that the budget presentation of Lake I’s PUP area rep, Hon. Cordel Hyde, would have been powerful, and indeed, it was. Hon. Hyde […] Link: PUP trashes Barrow’s .83 billion budget

Belize clips Grenada, 4-2, in Int’l Friendly

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 22, 2018– With a revamped, younger mix of players, the Belize National “A” Team clinched a 4-2 win tonight against the Grenada National Team at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. According to reports, Belize held […] Link: Belize clips Grenada, 4-2, in Int’l Friendly

The OSH delay: a commentary on the OSH Bill

Source: Amandala News We see it all the time. We see a Belizean pushing a lawn mower, and they are wearing cha-cha-cha on their feet. We see people riding motorbikes, and they have no helmets on, no proper shoes on, and improper clothing […] Link: The OSH delay: a commentary on the OSH

100 Gone from BAL; is Agriculture Still Relevant?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The budget debate continued today in the House of Representatives in Belmopan as members of parliament made their contributions and up to news time, the debate continues. But we begin tonight’s newscast with troubling news from one of the main economic pillars, that is, the shrimp industry in the south. …

“Nobody” Saw K.H.M.H. Problems Coming, Says Health Minister

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Budget Debate winds down later this evening after a wrap-up by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Once again absent was former Deputy Prime Minister and Orange Walk North area representative Gaspar Vega. But business continued, and during the debate this afternoon, Minister of Health Pablo Marin issued his first public…

Teachers “Hurting” Children by Demonstrating

Source: Channel 5 Belize At the start of today’s debate, Pickstock area representative and Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington said he is not a fan of Thursday’s demonstration outside the National Assembly. But it is not necessarily because he disagrees with the intentions of the Belize National Teachers’ Union, at least according to him.…

Guats Ready for Referendum on I.C.J. but What Says Belize?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington With less than a month to go, eyes are on the voters of Guatemala, who on April fifteenth will go to the polls to decide whether they accept the International Court of Justice taking charge of the unfounded Guatemalan claim. No one is watching more closely, according to…

The PAC and Transparency

Source: Channel 5 Belize Julius Espat Cayo South area representative Julius Espat is chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. The Committee met last year with Auditor General Dorothy Bradley to go over the process of compiling the 2012-2013 audit report. But according to committee member Patrick Faber, the last three meetings of the Committee…

Budget Blast: P.U.P. Says Government Has Given Up

Source: Channel 5 Belize Day-one of the budget debate started this morning in Belmopan and up to news time it continues in an energized National Assembly, that had been downgraded from cold to near-Arctic.  The 2018-2019 General Revenue and Appropriation Bill was tabled two weeks ago.  The P.U.P. leader, John Briceño, assailed the vision…

B.T.L. – What Is It Really Worth to Belize?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Is the Government running a game with the share price of Belize Telemedia Limited and what the company is really worth? That’s the thinking in some sectors since G.O.B. is considering selling more shares of B.T.L. to the Social Security Board.  In 2017, S.S.B. bought seven million shares at five…

Cordel Hyde Says Government Too Proud to Alter Course

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cordel Hyde Lake Independence area representative Cordel Hyde, speaking after Belmopan representative John Saldivar, called the budget a “slap in the face” after the recent municipal election results. According to Hyde, despite the people’s decision on March seventh, the government has insisted it will not alter course, and that may…

Said Musa Says Tax Grab Covers Up U.D.P. Deficiency

Source: Channel 5 Belize Said Musa Later, former Prime Minister Said Musa went after the Government’s estimation of the economy. Scorning the charge that the economy was “on the rebound,” he noted that Government hoped to cover up the holes in the budget by applying the pressure of more taxes, including the addition of…

Kearney Thompson is Latest Murder Victim

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kearney Thompson Turning to crime…thirty-one-year-old Kearny Thompson lost his fight to survive injuries received during an armed attack on March third in Belize City.  He succumbed to gunshot wounds on Wednesday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after two and a half weeks of treatment.  The shooting, now upgraded to…

G.O.B. Pulls Back on G.S.T. Agriculture Exemptions after Meeting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ahead of Thursday’s Budget Debate in Belmopan, the government has put aside, for now, one of its revenue-collecting measures targeted to affect the agriculture industry. During his budget presentation on March ninth, Prime Minister Dean Barrow proposed to attach General Sales Tax at twelve and a half percent to agricultural…

Gov’t Wins Case on Reduced Interest for U.H.S. Payment…

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Caribbean Court of Justice this morning issued judgment on the first part of a three-part application and counter-application by the Government of Belize and the Belize Bank Limited. The Bank is seeking that the Court enforce its judgment of November, 2017, in its favor for re-payment of a thirty-six…

What Will G.O.B. Do to Settle Debt?

Source: Channel 5 Belize But what happens to the rest of the case? That is still being deliberated by the C.C.J. panel. A large part of it has to do with how Government reacts during Thursday and Friday’s Budget Debate and afterward – but at the moment, according to Bank attorney Eamon Courtenay, no…

“Coming Attractions” after U.S. “Crowfoot” Judgment

Source: Channel 5 Belize It hasn’t got much notice in Belize, but the U.S. District Court based in Washington, D.C., a week ago on Monday a U.S. district court judge ordered that the Bank can seize property owned by the government of Belize “in the jurisdictions where such attachment or execution is appropriate.” Will it…

Supreme Court issues ruling: Pickstock Development Association and its contractor’s negligence blamed for falling of iron-gate that injured 3-year-old girl

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 19, 2018– On January 29, 2016, a near-tragic accident occurred at the Pickstock Development Association, which houses the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence, located on Mahogany Street, when an iron gate fell on a 3-year-old girl, […] Link: Supreme Court issues ruling: Pickstock Development Association and

A murderous weekend

Source: Amandala News 6 dead and 5 injured in 8 shootings in just over 48 hours BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 19, 2018– A surge of deadly shootings in the city over the weekend has claimed the lives of five people, including two women, […] Link: A murderous weekend

Situation Critical: K.H.M.H. Awaits Mexico Roof Rescue

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since Wednesday, the national referral hospital has been providing only about fifty percent of services. The roofing of the facility has been confirmed to be compromised and about one hundred pillars are damaged; likely by an earthquake in offshore Honduras earlier this year. The K.H.M.H. Board of Governors has been…

P.U.P. Says Gov’t Knew and Did Nothing

Source: Channel 5 Belize How much did the Government know about the situation with the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and how much of its current state could have been prevented? These are the questions being asked by the Opposition People’s United Party tonight. This afternoon, John Briceño told reporters that the K.H.M.H. would have…

In Roaring Creek, Alvin Montero Meets Gruesome End

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alvin Montero The seventh murder since Friday evening occurred in Roaring Creek, Cayo District.  A body was retrieved from the river in the village this morning after it was spotted by women heading to the river bank. It is now confirmed that twenty-four-year-old Alvin Montero was murdered and his body…

City Families Come to Grips with Loss of Matriarchs

Source: Channel 5 Belize Theresita Flowers Two grieving families torn apart by the relentless gunfire are tonight looking for answers as well as for justice. Theresita Flowers and Bernadine Lauriano were both murdered in the recent spate of urban warfare. Family members are left behind to cope with the pain of the abrupt violent…

Questions About New Civic Management

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chad Eckert On Monday, we introduced you to the new team of managers for the Belize Civic Center. The Government signed a three-year contract with Apex Events Services LLC of Florida, whose sole proprietor is Chad Eckert. Eckert won the bid as manager of the complex on Central American Boulevard,…

Time to Counsel Hurt Southside Kids

Source: Channel 5 Belize One aspect of the crime situation not regularly discussed is the traumatic impact on the youngest citizens – whether they are perpetrator, victim, or innocent bystander. The former Southside commander believes that in whichever capacity, there must be engagement with the Ministry of Human Development to obtain counseling and similar…

The Importance of Mangroves

Source: Channel 5 Belize A study has been undertaken to find out how mangrove cover has changed in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site and across Belize between 1980 and 2017. After three months, the researchers presented their findings today. There is some good news to celebrate – within the Barrier…

A Day of Play at B.T.L. Park

Source: Channel 5 Belize Child Stimulation Month activities continue with the annual Early Childhood Education Expo. The Ministry of Education during this month is encouraging parents of children between the ages of newborn and eight years to take some time to play and explore with their children. There was plenty of that on display…

Carnage Started with Victor Gibbs’ Newstime Murder Friday

Source: Channel 5 Belize Victor Gibbs The bloodbath started in downtown Belize City with the murder of Victor Gibbs. The thirty-year-old Belize City resident was shot several times inside his parked vehicle. When police arrived on the scene at the corner of King Street and West Canal, Gibbs was already dead. Police said today…

K.H.M.H. in Full-Fledged Crisis over Failing Roof

Source: Channel 5 Belize There is another crisis on the government’s hand, for which urgent action is required.  An emergency meeting was held on Friday night of the board of governors of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  This is after debris started falling from the ceiling in certain sections of the hospital. In fact,…

Williams Says Mediation Returns Full Force

Source: Channel 5 Belize There will be a return to the police-sponsored mediation and intervention sessions which Chester Williams pioneered during his time at Eastern Division (South). Williams will once again join forces with Dianne Finnegan of the Youth Apprenticeship Program; Nuri Muhammad and others, under the aegis of new Eastern Division Commander Robert…

Special Teams to Investigate Lauriano Murder, Independence Rapes

Source: Channel 5 Belize In terms of recent cases, Williams says special investigative teams have been put in place for the murder of Bernadine Lauriano and the rapes reported in Independence Village. The new deputy commissioner responsible for operations says these officers are dedicated to the task of catching the persons responsible in both…

P.M. Says Corruption in Police a Priority

Source: Channel 5 Belize The other key to solving the crime chain is erasing corruption within the police department. Prime Minister Dean Barrow made reference to some police officers’ cozy relationships with the underworld element. He served notice that no one with a badge will any longer be able to lay claim to its…

Chester Says Goodbye to PSB

Source: Channel 5 Belize The now-former head of Professional Standards Branch has led a number of high-profile investigations during his time in that branch over the last six months. It has confirmed that there is no shortage of police officers still willing to risk their badges for the promise of riches for illicit activity.…

To Solve Crime, Gain Public’s Trust Again

Source: Channel 5 Belize Williams has been hailed as a key proponent of the community policing mode of operation. He has been credited with a reduction in major crimes when he was commander of Eastern Division (South), before being transferred to head the Professional Standards Branch desk in Belmopan. Now as Deputy Commissioner for…

Senate passes 3 loan motions

Source: Amandala News In the Senate, social partners oppose Government’s loan motions, but UDP senators, and Church senator Pastor Ashley Rock made sure the motions went through BELMOPAN, Wed. Mar. 14, 2018– Three loan motions that made their way through the House of […] Link: Senate passes 3 loan motions

If third party leaders are serious

Source: Amandala News I believe I heard a third party leader say, after the results of the municipal elections were announced, that Belizeans are content to vote for corruption. That is so unfair. Belizeans don’t vote for third party candidates because in our […] Link: If third party leaders are serious

“Paas’n christen dem pickney first,” PM Barrow tells PUP

Source: Amandala News This was in response to a PUP comment about the UDP’s expected victimization of the new PUP Belize City Council BELMOPAN, Fri. Mar. 9, 2018– At his post-municipal-elections press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made reference to a […] Link: “Paas’n christen dem pickney first,” PM Barrow tells

PUP Belize City Council Mayor and Councillors sworn in

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 14, 2018– The PUP slate that garnered 52% of the nearly 235,000 votes cast in last week’s Belize City Council election was sworn in before an enthusiastic throng of supporters and well-wishers in a joyous and […] Link: PUP Belize City Council Mayor and Councillors sworn

Everal Martinez Charged with Step-Daughter Allyssa Nunez’s Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Everal Martinez Her plight touched the heart of many Belizeans. Her unnecessary death enraged them. But life went on in the Old Capital as twenty-one-year-old Everal Martinez was briefly and quietly arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court for murder charges this morning in the death of seventeen-month-old toddler Allyssa Nunez. It…

Cops Caught on Camera Harassing Avocado Vendor

Source: Channel 5 Belize Around six o’clock on Thursday evening, there was a ruckus outside the Michael Finnegan Market, Belize City that quickly became violent. Officers attached to the Special Patrol Unit were caught on camera man-handling avocado farmer, Lauriel Novelo. The video shows three officers dressed in camouflage uniforms – at least one…

Family Says SPU Must Pay for Spoiled Goods

Source: Channel 5 Belize This evening, the nineteen-year-old resident of San Victor visited News Five along with his family. Sister Maria Cowo said that while he was held at the Racoon Street Police Station, officers harassed and beat him, but ultimately no charges were laid after an inspection done by the Customs Department and…

‘Di plane lan’ again; this time, one is held

Source: Channel 5 Belize The third suspected drug plane in two weeks was found deep in the farmlands of Blue Creek, Orange Walk around midnight on Wednesday. The area where the plane crash landed is called “Cuatros Lenguas.” It is believed its cargo had been removed and was transported across the Rio Hondo River…

Emil Audinett gunned down at home

Source: Channel 5 Belize Emil Audinett Twenty-nine year old Emil Audinett was a marked man and on Wednesday night he ran out of luck. He was sitting inside his home on Ordonez Street, Belize City, with his common-law-wife when a gunman entered the house and opened fire. Audinett was shot multiple times on the…

Trail cooling in Corozal slaughterhouse murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mark Anthony Clarke, an I.T. technician, was stabbed as many as seventy-one times and dumped near a slaughterhouse along the San Jomal Road in the Corozal District.  His body was later discovered on Saturday afternoon.  The brutal slaying of the forty-one-year-old resulted in the detention of several persons, all of…

KHMH trims back services after roof issues

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital says that it is operating on an ‘emergency mode’ after a section of the hospital’s roof collapsed. According to the hospital, a preliminary structural assessment shows a need for immediate reinforcement to a section of the building. The necessary repair has started and is affecting…

U.B. Students Take Anti-Crime Protest to National Assembly

Source: Channel 5 Belize In Belmopan, where the upper house met today, a group of students left their classrooms at the University of Belize and headed over to the national assembly building. For about an hour, they protested the spike in violence against children, which is ripping apart families and communities.  From sexual abuse…

Emergency Evacuation after Ceiling Problems at K.H.M.H.

Source: Channel 5 Belize This evening, there was mass movement at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. News Five understands that there were issues with the ceiling of the national referral hospital, necessitating urgent action. We are told that doctors and nurses had to be called back to the hospital to assist…

Teacher Charged with Assault of Minor, 16

Source: Channel 5 Belize A teacher of Independence Village is being accused of sexual assault of a sixteen-year-old girl.  Lennox Mejia, known as “Namule,” was read the charge before Magistrate Deborah Rogers in the Independence Magistrate’s Court and remanded until June eighteenth. On March eighth, the minor reported that she caught a vehicle to…

Taxes Should Be Going Down, Says Mark Lizarraga

Source: Channel 5 Belize The debate for the 2018 Budget is set for next week Thursday and Friday. One of the key points will be how the government is managing the tax base for revenue in relation to its spending. Business Senator Mark Lizarraga, a watchdog for the business community, argues in advance of…

Gov’t Still Too Spendthrift

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to Lizarraga, G.O.B. in 2017 had promised austerity measures to cut back on operational expenses. In the 2018 Budget, they’ve only been able to do so by two percent, as opposed to the proposed five percent. The Senator calls for the government to more seriously pursue being efficient in…

Will Belize Bank Finally Be Paid for U.H.S.?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Caribbean Court of Justice this morning heard dueling applications from the Belize Bank Limited and the Attorney General in Port of Spain concerning the still-outstanding U.H.S. matter. The C.C.J. ordered the forty-million dollar Belize Bank loan to be paid last November. The loan, made to the original owners of…

In Washington, Court Says Assets Can Be Collected

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Belize Bank is tightening the screws. On Monday a U.S. district court judge ordered that the Bank can seize property owned by the government of Belize “in the jurisdictions where such attachment or execution is appropriate.”  The ruling was mentioned by Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay during arguments for the…

The True Value of B.T.L.

Source: Channel 5 Belize When the new budget was presented to the House of Representatives last Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made claims with respect to the value and cost of B.T.L.  Tonight, we take a closer look at the facts, which when analyzed, appear to be quite outrageously positive, giving the appearance that…

Bella Vista Pre-Teen Charges Sexual Assault; 3 Held

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Public condemnation of violence against children has been fast and furious on the heels of the killing of Allyssa Nunez and murder of Treshawn Goff. Today, it escalated when it came to light that yet another minor, this time an eleven-year-old girl from Bella Vista Village, is the…

Mother Gunned Down at Home; Children also Injured

Source: Channel 5 Belize Bernadine Lauriano In further violence against children, a young girl and her brother, who lives with disabilities, were both victims of gunfire on Friday night; their mother, however, did not survive and succumbed to multiple injuries.  Fifty-two-year-old Bernadine Lauriano, a sanitation worker in the city, was senselessly shot and killed…

In Corozal, IT Technician Sent to the Slaughterhouse

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mark Anthony Clarke A pair of farmers made a gruesome discovery over the weekend off the Phillip Goldson Highway in the outskirts of the village of Paraiso, Corozal. Forty-one-year-old Mark Anthony Clarke was last seen alive at a casino. It is suspected he was stabbed multiple times on his chest,…

Bernard Wagner Brings in Old Hand at City Hall

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mayor-elect Bernard Wagner and his team of ten councilors will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, exactly a week after their landmark victory in municipal elections on March seventh. The P.U.P. nominally won six of ten divisions and votes in the other four, knocking off the veteran United Democratic Party…

Justice Lennox Campbell’s Ties to Dean Barrow

Source: Channel 5 Belize On March fifth, Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell took the oath as a judge on the Belize Court of Appeals. Campbell is from Jamaica and a retired justice of the Supreme Court. He succeeds Franz Parke, who left under a cloud of scandal shortly after his judicial appointment. Campbell and fellow…

Changes to Immigration Acts Bring Unease

Source: Channel 5 Belize Concerns have been raised about a trio of bills introduced by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in Friday’s House of Representatives meeting. The amendments to the Immigration, Belizean Nationality and Passports Acts, respectively, speak to dividing the functions related to immigration and nationality services and in the case of the Immigration…

How Much Did Lawyers in U.S. Cases Get?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Opposition Leader John Briceño asked the government side how much G.O.B. has paid to local and foreign attorneys in connection with the arbitration cases in the U.S. courts. There are about four and Belize has had no success with any. But Prime Minister Dean Barrow dodged an immediate answer…

Teachers’ Union Responds to Crime Surge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier we told you that a number of organizations and bodies have been publicly condemning the recent spate of violence on young children and women, particularly during child stimulation month and on the heels of International Day of Women.  The Belize National Teachers Union, the Bar Association and the P.U.P.’s…

A Tragic End for Angel Cisneros, 15

Source: Channel 5 Belize A fifteen-year-old boy went missing from his family in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk, on March third. As the days went by, the Cisneros family became concerned then grew alarmed. For eight days, Angel Gabriel was not seen or heard from despite search parties scouring the area. But on…

New Justice of the Court of Appeal sworn in

Source: Amandala News BELMOPAN, Mon. Mar. 5, 2018– Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was today sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. […] Link: New Justice of the Court of Appeal sworn

Cricket Update – BNCA

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 7, 2018– Greetings from the BNCA (Belize National Cricket Association)! There were some interesting cricket games over the weekend! The young and upcoming Rural Mix defeated the hot, hot Summer Fever with wickets to spare. Special ”Big […] Link: Cricket Update – BNCA

PUP blowout in Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal!

Source: Amandala News PUP snatched the grand prize, Belize City — turf of the UDP’s most powerful ministers BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 8, 2018– Thousands of Belizeans in Belize City, San Pedro and the other district towns began casting ballots in important municipal […] Link: PUP blowout in Belize City, Orange Walk and

The Opposition needs a good showing

Source: Amandala News Today, Wednesday, I have no clue about what the results of the municipal elections being held today in the nine cities/towns across Belize will be. The sense I get is that people expect that the PUPeez will do better than […] Link: The Opposition needs a good showing

Debt Nears 100% of GDP

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow In the last few weeks, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, in a memo to C.E.O.’s of government ministries, suggested that national debt had reached one hundred percent of GDP. The official figure is lower, but not by much. Belize is completing its first year of the re-structured Superbond. Interest…

The Final Price for B.T.L.

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Government of Belize’s acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited was also a feature of the Budget speech. A figure of more than half a billion dollars was widely quoted, but the final figure of four hundred and forty-eight million dollars is all fully paid to Dunkeld and B.T.L. Employees Trust.…

Briceño: We Have Not Given Up on San Pedro

Source: Channel 5 Belize As for the situation in San Pedro, Briceño says that contrary to what the prime minister said on Thursday, that the P.U.P. had signed off on the reconciliation sheet, as well as the final statement of poll, that is not the case.  In fact, lawyers are reviewing the outcome in…

Eamon Courtenay Confirms Court Challenge

Source: Channel 5 Belize Following the interview with Briceño in Belmopan, the P.U.P.’s legal advisor, Eamon Courtenay, in an interview with Ambergris Today this afternoon, confirmed that the party will take court action on the San Pedro results because of the discrepancy in the number of ballots. Courtenay further says that the P.U.P. is…

P.U.P. Makes Biggest Election Heist in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize The taking back of the Old Capital by the Blue Tsunami is compared to a repossession of the most valuable timepiece in the prime minister’s prized collection.  He is still left with many watches, but none as cherished as that vintage Rolex that gleams on his wrist.  That’s because, according…

“Boots” is Really Happy for City Residents. No, really.

Source: Channel 5 Belize Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez swears he has no hard feelings after Wednesday’s municipal elections victory for the People’s United Party in Belize City. He kept insisting to reporters this afternoon that the election, which the U.D.P. lost in his division, was not a referendum on him, despite…

City Goes Blue as P.U.P. Gain Ground in Municipal Elections

Source: Channel 5 Belize Following Wednesday’s momentous municipal elections, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a press conference this afternoon that was chock full of news and analysis ahead of Friday’s budget presentation. We’ll have more on that later on. But first, while the United Democratic Party retained six of nine municipalities, the People’s United…

P.M. Concedes, but Says All is Not Lost

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow Prime Minister Dean Barrow readily admits that the loss of the Belize City Council is a heavy blow to his United Democratic Party, and not one that will be easy to get over. But speaking as much to his supporters, as to the press, he encouraged the party…

Dion Leslie’s CitCo Farewell

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dion Leslie U.D.P. Belize City mayoral candidate Dion Leslie suffered a stunning defeat on Wednesday.  The People’s United Party slate, led by political newcomer Bernard Wagner, dealt the ruling party a staggering blow, trouncing them by eleven seats to none at City Hall.  Today, we caught up with the beaten…

P.M. ‘Bigs Up’ Leslie for Effort

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow Leslie was personally endorsed by both former Mayor Darrell Bradley and many of the upper echelons of his party. His victory at the ITVET grounds seven months ago over Philip Willoughby seemed pre-ordained. But it makes Wednesday’s loss sting all the more, and so Prime Minister Dean Barrow…

Keep Calm on Pickstock, Says Sedi

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington Steady efforts by area representatives Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington and Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez in the Pickstock and Port Loyola constituencies, did not prevent the United Democratic Party from losing considerable grounds in both electoral divisions.  While Martinez has declared that he will not offer himself for candidacy in…

P.G. is Also in Red Fold

Source: Channel 5 Belize The U.D.P. also retained their hold on the Punta Gorda Town Council. In the southernmost municipality, three political parties contested the elections. The U.D.P. led by mayoral candidate Ashton McKenzie; the P.U.P. led by the Carlos Galvez and the B.P.P. led by Francilia Williamson. The U.D.P. emerged victorious in its…

No Punishment, Says P.M., but Few Resources

Source: Channel 5 Belize The People’s United Party now claims three of nine municipalities, including Belize City.  With a United Democratic Party central government, how will they fare off for the next two years?  That’s what we asked Prime Minister Barrow at his press conference earlier today.  While he admits that Belize City, Orange…

Time for Action on Crime

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Barrow administration has been fairly quiet on the relentless issue of crime and violence that has been plaguing Belize City.  The Belize Police Department has rolled out its two-year national crime fighting strategy; however, government had been noticeably silent on the matter even while four children were injured and…

Car Dealer and Teacher are Gun Targets

Source: Channel 5 Belize Meanwhile, a Belize City resident remains in custody tonight pending further investigation into an attempt on the lives of a couple on the eve of municipal elections. Police say car dealer, twenty-seven-year-old Kadeem Myers and teacher Jerilin Flowers were injured in a shooting just after eight o’clock on Tuesday night…

4-year-old boy shot in the head on Nurse Findley Crescent

Source: Amandala News Uncle, 27, also shot; but Treshaw Goff passed away BELIZE CITY, Mon. March 5, 2018– Despite the fact that children were playing on the road of Nurse Findley Crescent, in front of the Abraham family’s house in Port Loyola at […] Link: 4-year-old boy shot in the head on Nurse

Justice for Baby Alyssa!

Source: Amandala News Everal Martinez, 21, arraigned on 4 sexual offences; cops say that because of child’s death, more charges are forthcoming BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 5, 2018– This morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford read four charges […] Link: Justice for Baby Alyssa!

City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week 4 results

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Sun. Mar. 4, 2018– Good night, Football Family. The City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 continued with Week 4 games on Saturday, March 3, at Yabra field. In the 4 games scheduled, Warriors FC won by […] Link: City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week

4 year old Treshawn Goff is silenced, and nobody knows why

Source: Channel 5 Belize Treshawn Goff A young boy, a student of the Port Loyola Pre-school, did not live to see his fifth birthday. Before eight o’clock on Monday night he became the latest victim of the relentless gun violence in the City in which mothers have been left to grapple with the pain…

Baby Allyssa Dies

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allyssa Nunez Tonight, we have full coverage of the events leading to the death of a little girl from Maskall, who has rallied the nation against the despicable sexual abuse of children. And the latest word to our newsroom just before five this evening is that a post mortem has…

Everal Martinez Faces Sex Charges Amid Protests

Source: Channel 5 Belize Everal Martinez Seventeen-month-old Allyssa Nunez passed on Sunday morning, but from Friday, twenty-one-year-old Everal Martinez of Maskall was in police custody on a charge of dangerous harm. That charge has been lifted and he is now facing four counts of sexually-related offenses.  This morning, as Martinez was read his charges,…

Belizeans Vent Rage at Battlefield Park

Source: Channel 5 Belize The death of the Baby Alyssa has sparked outrage across the country, some impromptu and others organized protests have held since the weekend. This morning before Everal Martinez was brought for arraignment, Belizeans came out in front of the Magistrate Court to make a statement that abuse against children cannot…

Family Wants to Speak with Police

Source: Channel 5 Belize Prior to being arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, Everal Martinez was charged with deadly use of harm on Friday evening.  The single count was presumably a holding charge, a temporary indictment to keep Martinez in custody until this morning when the more substantive charges were preferred.  While there were…

Corozal 7-Year-Old is Target for Sex Assault

Source: Channel 5 Belize As outrage grows against the vile circumstances that led to the death of Alyssa, there is another case that police are investigating. A seven-year old schoolgirl was allegedly abused by a sixty-seven year old man who she called granddad.  The incident happened about two weeks ago and came to light…

Human Remains at Antelope Street Yard?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Today police went on the south side looking for what’s reported to be remains of a baby buried in a yard.  Reports had been circulating since Sunday that a mother had killed and buried her newborn at a yard on Antelope Street Extension. This morning, there was no confirmation on…

Boots Martinez Felt Charitable

Source: Channel 5 Belize Leader of the Opposition John Briceño has written separate letters to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, and director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Kent Clare, demanding an investigation of Minister for Human Development Anthony “Boots” Martinez. Briceño writes that an apparent illegal and corrupt scheme was…

2 Dead in Red Bank Collision

Source: Channel 5 Belize Two men were killed in a road traffic accident on Sunday night. Around eight-fifteen p.m., James Andrews and Michael Martinez were behind the wheels in separate vehicles travelling in opposite directions when they collided into each other near the Red Bank Junction in southern Belize. Two other persons travelling with…

O.W. Man Gets Run Over by Tractor

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Saturday around ten in the morning, a man lost his life in a fatal freak accident in northern Belize. Elio Grajalez was reportedly fixing a tractor that had mechanical problems when it accidentally ran over him, killing him in San Luis Village. This is what police had to say…

More Organizations Condemn Baby Allyssa Death

Source: Channel 5 Belize The widespread condemnation and presentation of solutions in the wake of the death of Baby Allyssa is mounting. Separate press releases were issued by the Belize City Council Child Advisory Board; Maya Leaders Alliance/Toledo Alcaldes Association; National Evangelical Association of Belize and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, offering…

Atrocious rape of 17-month-old toddler

Source: Amandala News MASKALL, Belize District, Thurs. Mar. 1, 2018– Belizeans across the length and breadth of the country were stunned today when news broke of the barbaric and inhumane sexual abuse of a 17-month-old baby girl. The child was left in the […] Link: Atrocious rape of 17-month-old toddler

Another sick UDP land compensation hustle uncovered

Source: Amandala News  “The Montero family has been compensated by the taxpayers of this country a grand total of $3,147,683,” said Hon. John Briceño BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 1, 2018– Hon. John Briceño, the leader of the People’s United Party, at a media […] Link: Another sick UDP land compensation hustle uncovered

Belize City’s Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys are 2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Champions

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 1, 2018– The 2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championships were held last Friday, February 23, at the Multipurpose Complex in Orange Walk Town, where the six district champion schools for females and for males participated in […] Link: Belize City’s Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary

Children’s organizations lead widespread condemnation

Source: Channel 5 Belize Margaret Nicholas The rape of the seventeen-month-old baby girl has sparked outrage across the country and the National Committee for Families and Children (N.C.F.C.) joined the UNICEF AND B.F.L.A. in condemning this brutal attack on the toddler. The N.C.F.C. says that it, “condemns all sexual explicit acts, especially of this…

Montero payments “abuse” says Eamon Courtenay

Source: Channel 5 Belize Eamon Courtenay Five members of Minister Rene Montero’s family, in 1998, acquired between them eighty-one acres of land in two pristine and remote locations. One was the Privassion Enclave in the Mountain Pine Ridge and the other on northern Ambergris Caye. They paid a total of twenty-four thousand, two hundred…

Speednet defies P.U.C. on license fees

Source: Channel 5 Belize In 2016, the Caribbean Court of Justice ended months of impasse when it ruled that the Public Utilities Commission could not charge excessive spectrum fees to Speednet Communications, parent company of Smart, totaling three million dollars in as many years. Speednet had previously lost in the lower courts. Now, the…

UNICEF Belize speaks out

Source: Channel 5 Belize The urban violence and abuse of children has prompted UNICEF to speak out. The U.N. organization issued a release this afternoon highlighting the responsibility of adults to protect children and encourage them to grow. Children, says UNICEF, have been tragically hurt and some have lost their lives due to gun…

More to come; P.U.P. says they didn’t deserve it

Source: Channel 5 Belize Briceño, himself a former Lands Minister, says the seventy-one million figure paid out for land compensation is more than three times the amount paid out under his Ministry in eight years in charge. As for why the land was taken back, Briceño says there were separate issues at play. But…

Misused or Just Used? Kirk Lamb and Minister Boots Face Off

Source: Channel 5 Belize Between July of 2016 and October of 2017, when he was terminated, the first of several regular payments by journal voucher, for eight thousand two hundred dollars, was deposited to the Saint John’s Credit Union account of Kirk Lamb, only to be withdrawn days later.  The pattern became similar: deposits…

S.J.C.U. Cites Client Confidentiality on Lamb’s Account

Source: Channel 5 Belize This afternoon, Saint John’s Credit Union which is named as the institution where the deposits were made into Lamb’s account issued a brief release stating it will not be providing information on the account. The release states, “Saint John’s Credit Union Limited is aware that our institution has been mentioned…

P.U.P. Cries Shame on Port Loyola Rep

Source: Channel 5 Belize Bernard Wagner While on the ground in Port Loyola, the P.U.P. were sure to put their two cents in on the revelations made by Kirk Lamb on Tuesday night. Standard bearer Gilroy Usher Senior and mayoral candidate Bernard Wagner both deplored what they see as bare-faced corruption and mishandling of…

Housing for the Poor is Not for the Government

Source: Channel 5 Belize Anthony “Boots” Martinez Minister “Boots” Martinez carefully distinguished between the non-governmental organization Housing for the Poor and the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, the former of which Kirk Lamb claimed he deposited monies given to him for. The Minister says he is, as far as he knows, not aware that Lamb…

Why Special Effects Tires are the Best for Ministry of Works

Source: Channel 5 Belize Anthony “Boots” Martinez The 2012-13 general audit conducted by the Supreme Audit Institution listed numerous instances of mismanagement and improper practice in several ministries of government, most notably Works and Education. Under the tenure of Anthony “Boots” Martinez, a total of nine hundred and forty-seven thousand dollars was expended to…

Alaine Garcia, 35, reported missing, feared dead

Source: Amandala News HATTIEVILLE, Belize District, Mon. Feb. 26, 2018– A Hattieville man has been reported missing, but his family fears that he has been murdered. Alaine Garcia, 35, was last seen at around 5 a.m. last Tuesday, February 20, when he walked […] Link: Alaine Garcia, 35, reported missing, feared dead

Barrow administration “a sinking ship!” says Opposition

Source: Amandala News The Curacao registered tanker “Syrtos” awaits word of payment from Belize before discharging 300,000 gallons of fuel Reports are that 14 fuel tankers have arrived from El Salvador to help avert disaster BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 26, 2018– Characterizing the […] Link: Barrow administration “a sinking ship!” says Opposition

Akeem Augustine, 23, charged with attempted murder

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Fri. Feb. 23, 2018– He has been in the news several times, in some instances as the perpetrator and at other times as the target. Today, Akeem Augustine, 23, a laborer of 10 Croton Lane, was the defendant. […] Link: Akeem Augustine, 23, charged with attempted murder

City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week 3 results

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 26, 2018– The City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 held its Week 3 games on Saturday, February 24, at the Yabra Field. In the 4 games played, Reality Youths clipped Sampson Academy, 2-1; Ladyville […] Link: City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week

Another Suspected Drug Plane Down in Corozal

Source: Channel 5 Belize The illicit drug trade appears to be thriving in northern Belize.  In the past twenty-four-hours, two suspected drug planes, or what was left of them, were found at different locations in Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. This morning, the news was that a drug plane landed early on Monday night…

Going Inside the ‘BSAG Eight’ Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize There are more details tonight on the deadly beating of Ariel Audinette Salazar at his house in Orange Walk.  Eight lawmen are spending their second night behind bars, charged with his murder and the attempted murder of Oscar Payes. They are not cooperating with the investigation, so there are lingering…

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