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Elvin Penner Case thrown out for lack of evidence
The case against ex Minister of State Elvin Penner was struck out on Thursday. The Cayo Northeast area representative was being tried for alleged wrongdoing in the passport scandal via a private prosecution since the state decided not to pursue the matter in the courts. Government Ministers had gone...
Fatal traffic accident on Yo Creek Road
There was a fatal road traffic accident in Orange Walk on Thursday afternoon. The victim was identified as Nadir Munoz. According to reports, Mr Munoz was driving a jeep belonging to Maya Tortilla on the Yo Creek Road. At mile two on that road, and...
Man drowned, alcohol may have been a factor
A 29 year old Belizean labourer of Long Bank Area Dangriga Town was found floating in the Old Belize River near the banks of White Swan, Hope Creek Village on Tuesday July 22nd apparently dead. According to police investigations, 29 year old Roque Magdaleno Sanchez Jr. left his house...
Family of four in Orange Walk homeless due to house fire
There was a fire in Orange Walk on Thursday afternoon. A house located in the Black water creek area of Orange Walk was completely gutted by the blaze. Four persons resided at the house and while investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire, preliminary indications are that...
Maurice Tomlinson case continues before CCJ
On Thursday morning a short case management conference was held between the parties in the original jurisdiction case of Maurice Tomlinson vs. Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. Maurice Tomlinson, a gay Jamaican residing in Canada, is seeking the court to overturn provisions of each country’s immigration law which he...
Man charged for robbery of security guards
Three security guards participating in a routine escort were held up last Thursday, July 17 on Oleander Street. Police have now charged 23 year old Francis Arana with two counts of robbery and one count of aggravated assault. According to Marlon Wade, employed with Fort Point Security Services, they...
San Pedro Man killed during dispute with common law wife
28 year old Felix Eduardo Alamilla is dead after he and his common law wife got into an argument. Early this morning, Wednesday, Mr Alamilla was stabbed to his head, chest and leg, allegedly by his common-law wife. We spoke to the Officer in charge of the investigation, Sergeant...
Police fight crime by arresting bicycle riders
Hundreds of Belize City residents are currently up in arms following the implementation of a once dormant law which has now come into effect as Belize City police have begun to seize both bicycles and cyclists who lack bell and light.
The move has affected hundreds of cyclists, mostly the poor whose bicycles are in fact their “vehicles.”
Police have said that the move is an attempt to get a handle on a wave of violent city shootings and murders in the recent past; however, affected citizens are of the opinion that these are petty offenses and that they are being unfairly targeted by police who do not exercise any discretion in the performance of their duties.
Since the start of the month, a contingent of police officers and BDF soldiers have been deployed along main thoroughfares across the city to monitor persons who hang out on the street side, persons drinking in public, along with persons found to be guilty of the aforementioned bike offences, but many of the people who have gotten arrested and charged for what are known as “quality of life crimes” simply do not believe that the law is serving its purpose.
71-year-old attacked by 4 rottweilers
Less than a month ago, on the night of Friday, July 4, three dogs attacked and killed Jeffrey O’Brien, 23, a fisherman of Independence, and on Saturday evening, an eerily similar incident occurred, in which a senior citizen was attacked and mauled by four rottweilers.
The victim of the attack, Mckesson Garrett, 71, of Belize City, was bitten on the hands, arms, legs, and foot, and a piece of his nose was ripped off by the dogs. He is now admitted to ward at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he is recovering from the injuries.
The incident occurred about 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, at the home of Garrett’s friend at Mile 4 on the Philip Goldson Highway.
Garrett, who has served several years as Chairman of the Belize City branch of the Belize Ex-Services League, told Amandala that his friend had invited him to his house and had released the dogs in the yard. But after his visit, as Garrett was walking out of the yard, the dogs, without provocation, attacked him and began to bite him.
Penner case struck out
The Hon. Elvin Penner, the former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration who is accused of violating the public trust that accompanied his Cabinet portfolio, walked out of the courtroom of Belmopan Magistrate Aretha Ford in silence, ignoring reporters’ questions, after the Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action’s (COLA) private prosecution was struck out for want of prosecution.
At 9:19 a.m., the court was called to order and Penner took his seat in the dock, as attorney Kareem Musa, COLA’s attorney and prosecutor in the case, began addressing the court.
Musa told the court that COLA has made partial and then full disclosure to the accused Penner, who was charged with two offences, under the Summary Jurisdiction Procedures Act, for his role in securing a Belize passport and Belize nationality certificate for an imprisoned South Korean, Won Hong Kim.
Jealousy, rage and murder in San Pedro
Anabel Matilde Bacelis Kumul, 36, a Mexican of Othon P Blanco, Chetumal, who is a resident of the Mosquito Coast area of South Ambergris Caye, was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court today, Thursday, before Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez and charged for murder. She will be brought back to court on September 19.
Felix Alamilla, 28, a caretaker and tour guide of the Mosquito Coast area of San Pedro, was stabbed to death early Wednesday morning while he was sleeping, and police say his girlfriend, Kumul, is the killer.
A police press release of Thursday, July 24, 2014 stated: “Police visited the Medical Center, where they saw the body of a Hispanic male person with what appeared to be stab wounds to the left thigh, left upper shoulder and left side of head. Initial investigation revealed that about 5:15 a.m., 28-year-old Felix Eduardo Alamilla, Belizean manager of the Boca Ciega area, San Pedro Town, was sleeping at a residence in the area when he was allegedly attacked by his 38-year-old common-law wife, Anabel Bacelis Kumul, a Mexican domestic of the Boca Ciega area, San Pedro Town, who inflicted his injuries.”
Minors playing with lighters cause 2 fires
A 75-year-old grandmother was rescued from a mid-morning fire that occurred on Southside Belize City today. That fire was one of two that resulted in agonizing losses for at least four families whose residences and belongings were either totally destroyed, or underwent extensive fire and water damage, all because of youngsters who were reportedly playing with lighters in both instances.
When we arrived on the scene of the blistering inferno on Berkeley Street, we observed neighbors and area residents in a state of panic and desperation, as they frantically tried to keep the hungry flames at bay until firefighters arrived on the scene.
As the fire ravaged the 2-storey wooden/concrete structure, generating intense heat and emitting thick, dark gray smoke, the firemen had to utilize breathing apparatuses, and the conditions hindered the efforts of the civilians who were assisting in the firefight.
Orin Smith, Station Officer at the National Fire Service, later told us how firefighters sprang into action when they received the call about the fire on Berkeley Street, which destroyed two homes and damaged another.
Report on Belize Central Prison brings to the forefront troubling questions of human and constitutional rights violations
Between 40 and 50 members of the legal profession attended a roundtable discussion on conditions at the Belize Central Prison entitled “Behind The Prison Gates,” that the Bar Association held in partnership with the Death Penalty Project, a London-based NGO that has been working in Belize for the past 20 years.
Recently, the Death Penalty Project partnered with Marine Parade Chambers and were instrumental in two murder cases in Belize – the appeal of Lavern “Anti-Christ” Longsworth and the trial of Felicia Chen, whose murder charges were both reduced to manslaughter and were given sentences consistent with the sentencing guidelines for persons whose offences fall within the category of diminished responsibility under the law, due to their mental condition at the time they committed the crime.
The roundtable discussion, held on Friday, July 18, 2014, got underway after opening remarks by Eamon Courtenay, SC, President of the Bar Association of Belize; Parvais Jabbar, Co-Executive Director of the Death Penalty Project and Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice of Belize.
Verden Blease, 51, arraigned on 3 more counts of carnal knowledge
A Gwen Lizarraga High School teacher who was remanded to prison in January on five counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and two counts of carnal knowledge of a minor between 7-12 years old, was arraigned on three more counts of carnal knowledge when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court this morning.
Verden Samuel Blease, 51, a resident of 18 Neal Pen Road, who has been out of prison on bail, was arraigned on the additional three carnal knowledge charges when he appeared in court before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith.
He was, however, spared additional remand time and was released on the original bail that he had posted.
On Monday, January 13, 2014, Blease was arraigned on the seven charges, after a 12-year-old minor and her mother reported to police that he had been having sexual intercourse with the minor when she was between the ages of 7 and 11. The sexual assaults occurred in the period between 2008 and 2012.
Grandmother, 72, charged with drug trafficking
Eight members of a Supal Street family, including a 72-year-old grandmother, were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after a Gang Suppression Unit raid of their home this morning turned up 6.5 grams of cocaine.
They were all arraigned in court on the charge late this afternoon, and were released on bail, after they entered a not guilty plea.tamika faber
The GSU conducted a raid at 3150 Supal Street, the home of Marina Elizabeth Plunkett, 72.
When the GSU arrived at Marina Plunkett’s home, they were armed with a search warrant. At the time of the search, all eight persons were inside the yard where the suspected drug was found in a plastic bag, which was inside anther plastic bag.
Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament 2014 ends, City Boys are champions
All roads led to Crooked Tree this past Saturday, where the first of a best-of-three games series in the cricket finals (of the Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition 2014) was to be played between the home team, Brilliant, and Easy Does It of Lemonal Village. From around 10:00 in the morning, visitors started convening on the grounds. At 10:30 a.m., it was known that Brilliant had won the toss and had decided to bat first.
What a lovely day it was! A big crowd had gathered in the village playing field, friends and families of both teams, and cricket fans that came out just to watch the game.
Well, the game started. The Easy team took the field, and first two Brilliant batsmen went out to face the bowling of Kenroy Reynolds and Cyril Banner. These two batsmen started to show good defensive plays. After a few overs, one of the batsmen was out. Brilliant had 13 runs for the first wicket. When the 2nd wicket fell, they had a comfortable 73 runs. There was noise coming from Brilliant’s corner, where friends and family gathered. The remaining inning went this way: 3 for 75; 4 for 92; 5 for 105; 6 and 7 for 116; 8 and 9 for 123; all for 131. Raynard Gillett and Arturo Wade scored 34 and 27, respectively. Andrew Banner took 4 wickets.
“Pa Rush”, Carlton Rushford visits home
One of the original Raiders and also my one-time teammate on Milpros, Carlton “Pa Rush” Rushford stopped by the zinc fence this afternoon to share a few moments with old friends.
A younger brother of Michael “Suffudge” Rushford of 1975-76 Charger fame, Carlton played his first senior football season with Landivar before joining Parra’s Milpros for the 1983-84 competition in which Milpros prevailed in the championship game, 4-1, over Bailar’s Royal Rentals. He was the stopper for the legendary “Rest of the World” Coke Milpros team that went undefeated in the 1985-86 Belize City Competition.
The tall and multi-talented Carlton was also an original member of the Raiders basketball team in the inaugural semipro season in 1992, leaving Belize for the U.S. a couple years later, after the Raiders had claimed the championship.
Easy Does It takes the first one
The 3rd Annual Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament, which started back on May 10 of this year, climaxed on Saturday, July 19, at the Yabra Football Field where the 3rd place game was followed by the championship match, and then the awards ceremony.
In the 3rd place game which started at 10:00 a.m., Brown Bombers got a goal apiece from Jovann Ramos and Dion Cacho to defeat Collet Strikers, 2-0. Missing from the Collet lineup was their star defender, Shemar Bowen, who had already been selected for the Best Defender award.
The championship match between #1 seed City Boys and #2 seed Rising
Stars was another “down to the wire” affair, as the 20-20 regulation ended scoreless, and the 5-5 overtime period also failed to produce a goal. So it was on to penalties, and two early misses by Collet allowed City Boys, who were perfect from the penalty spot, to clinch the championship with their fourth kick, winning by a 4-1 margin.
EDITORIAL: The thuggish side
Whenever you see the ruling UDP behave in an aggressive or threatening manner, you must understand that they learned from the best: they learned from the PUP. During their glory years from 1950 to 1984, there was a distinctly thuggish side to the PUP, a side which has been lost amidst the canonization of their late Maximum Leader.
The two major political parties are like gangs in many respects, except that they enjoy all the rights and privileges of the Belizean state when they are elected to office. When the UDP or the PUP are in office, they comprise a large gang which is blessed by Buckingham Palace, represented in Belize by the Governor-General.
The behavior of political parties in Belize when they are in office represents a manifest threat to those who would dissent on public matters. In office, Belizean politicians can and do make life uncomfortable for those citizens who dare to speak out openly. The politicians have their “dirty works” departments, which can hire various “specialists” in the community to harass and intimidate dissenters.
From the Publisher
For the last two decades or so, it has been characteristic of new political candidates in Belize City, when the UDP or the PUP first send them into a constituency, for them to start organizing football and basketball marathons and tournaments. Through these sports mechanisms, politicians can build energy which is favorable to their cause.
Out in Belmopan, John Saldivar has been using sports for politics for at least twenty years; basketball and football have served him well in his constituency. Saldivar has risen from rural anonymity to become the powerful Minister of National Security. This is his second term in Cabinet, and Saldivar has achieved national political recognition. John is a “big man.”
Most of you readers do not want to hear about sports, even though I have spent these four and a half decades trying to convince you that sports is more than sports: sports is sociology; sports is economics; sports is politics; and sports is life.
:Letters: How about a donation to the Fire Department?
In the news lately you guys have been reporting many fires, and that is what I would like to talk about, when was the last time that the Fire Department had a meaningful donation? Where are the new equipment? In the last ten years according to the news, the Police and the Belize Defense Force along with the Coast Guard have all had big donations: so far the Fire Department has had nothing much, no new fire truck, no new respiratory equipment, no new lines, or fire hoses.
The Fire Department has a long way to go, The wonderful thing in this, is that the Fire Department has been and is doing a wonderful job without the new equipment they need. Imagine the job they will do if they had what they need. We need to look into how we can get improvement in the Fire Department before something happens more than what already has, as in San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Cleghorn Street, and Hattieville. We should look at how to improve the Fire Department. Training and education are the first improvement in the man power. Get more people to join the Fire Department.
Letters: Educated fools
There is nothing worse than an educated fool. So many people, in leadership positions and positions of responsibility, perhaps educated abroad, returned to Belize and became big fish in a small pond and have been treated like royalty. They have enjoyed privileges and a standard of living not available to the masses, the uneducated majority. And, they have become pompous, fat, and lazy. They are so proud of themselves that they stopped growing, closed their minds, and as a result are stagnant and stale.
I laughed out loud when I heard that the PhD’s at the University of Belize were upset that a man with only a Bachelor’s degree had been appointed President of the University, making him their boss. Never mind that this man has a wealth of experience and has continued to grow, reinvent himself, and to even maintain himself physically by regular visits to the gym.
Letters: Diaspora, what have you done for me lately?
Lately, some members of the Belizean Diaspora in the USA have been clamoring for political power; arguing that dual citizens should be allowed to hold elected political office in Belize. There has been no clear articulation about how such an arrangement would work in practice, particularly about how such dual citizens would avoid the obvious conflict of interests that are bound to arise in the practice of state craft.
Some argue that naturalized Belizeans are allowed to hold such office and therefore it is unfair to disallow “born Belizeans” the opportunity to hold high political office as well. Of course, this is comparing mangoes and oranges. No apples here, sorry!
I do not support the view that dual citizens should hold elected political office in Belize, simply because it seems wholly self-defeating. Why should we grant political power to those who do not have to remain in Belize to live with the consequences of their political decisions?
Dr. Alvaro Rosado refutes allegations of mismanagement of Fund
After being accused of gross financial mismanagement by one of its co-founders yesterday, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, president of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation, flanked by the entire board of directors of the foundation, organized a press conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI) campus today to make clarifications in response to the claims of misappropriation made by the foundation’s former treasurer, Bruce Sanchez, Sr.
Sanchez, Sr., who staged his own press conference yesterday, Thursday, was appointed vice president of the foundation’s board of directors, and acted as a co-signatory for the foundation’s cheques, but he began boycotting the foundation by refusing to sign the cheques after he claimed that he noticed improprieties within the structure of the foundation in the handling of its finances.
Sanchez, Sr. said, “It’s over $13,000 in cheques that either he alone signed, his wife alone, or both of them, excluding us, contrary to what the bank agreement said, which we have here. We weren’t aware of it [the cheques]; we, means me and my son, weren’t aware of it.
Father, 43, dies in traffic accident in San Jose
There was a fatal traffic accident near the village of San Jose in Orange Walk early this past Sunday morning that took the life of a Cristo Rey villager, while his wife, son and daughter – who were also occupants in the vehicle in which he was traveling – have been hospitalized.
According to Northern Regional Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Joseph Myvette, police went to the scene of a traffic accident at Mile 62 on the Philip Goldson Highway on Sunday at about 6:00 a.m., and upon arrival, they saw a Ford Escape SUV with license plate BZ C- 45968 overturned on the left side of the road.
After further investigations, Myvette said, police found out that the driver, Remijio Botes, 43, had been traveling in a northerly direction with three other persons when he lost control of his vehicle and overturned.
$350 mil, 30 megawatt facility from cohune nuts
Rudolph Castillo, an economist and former corporate manager at the Belize Bank, told Amandala today that he has partnered with EKOL, an energy corporation in the Czech Republic, in coming up with a $350 million proposal [...]
Puerto Azul is not for Belize, says alliance of 7 NGOs
A group of 7 local and foreign conservation NGOs, including Healthy Reef Initiative, the World Wildlife Fund, Oceana in Belize and the Belize Tourism Industry Association, have evidently strengthened their resolve against the Puerto Azul project, [...]
Legal battle over BTL and BEL goes to the Caribbean Court of Justice
The protracted legal battle over the nationalization of two major utility companies, the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), is set to enter a new round inside the Caribbean Court of Justice [...]
Climate outlook for August, September and October 2014
The National Meteorological Service provides weather and climate information and products of various timescales such as daily, weekly, monthly. This service has now been extended to providing seasonal climate outlooks of projected rainfall for a three-month [...]
12 volunteers from Taiwan’s top university visit Belize
Twelve students from Taiwan’s top university, National Tsing Hua University, paid their own way to travel to Belize, where they intend to build people-to-people linkages, particularly with their peers here, as they impart some of their [...]
US president meets with Central American leaders
Leaders from Central America have informed US President Barack Obama that they are working on a “comprehensive plan” that will look at why their youths are migrating to the United States.
The meeting with the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala tok place at the White House on Friday as Washington struggles to find a solution to what many consider a humanitarian crisis.
Obama and Presidents Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador announced their commitment to prevent people from undertaking this dangerous journey an.d to work together to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration.
Mystery surrounds teacher’s death
Stephen John Michael Jr., a 28-year-old Seventh Day Adventist school teacher, was killed in his home and found early Friday morning.
Michael’s father, who lives across the street, found him lying nude in his bed with a spot of blood at the back of his head after being alerted by a neighbor that his front door was open.
According to Sergeant Roberto Novelo, head of CIB at Precinct II, police don’t suspect foul play and are classifying the case as a sudden death at this time. The police report sent prior to that however, said that police suspected foul play.
According to Novelo, there were no signs of forced entry, though some of Michael’s belongings were missing. Post mortem results won’t be available until Monday.
Company offers reward for safe return of missing employee
There is now a reward for the safe return of Kevin Carcamo, the chairman of Hattieville who has been missing for the past five days.
Carcamo, an employee of Discoverseis Geophysical Swrvices disappeared while on the job in the Freetown Sibun area behind Hattieville Village.
Discoverseis is offering $10,000 for information leading to the safe return of Carcamo to his family.
Ambassador Ho speaks of students’ mission to Belize
Twelve volunteer students from Tsing Hua University in Taiwan are on a working visit to offer their expertise in the area of information technology to local students in western Belize. From the time they arrived last week until they leave on August 24 the […]
Caneros reject offer and call for continued bagasse negotiations
SAN ROMAN, COROZAL DISTRICT, Sun. Jul. 20, 2014 The Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB) will be asked to intervene in the commercial agreement dispute between cane farmers and sugar product producers after the farmers’ latest rejection of what the producers say is their final offer. […]
BSI’s gets technical with bagasse renumeration
Belize Sugar Industries, owned by the American Sugar Refineries (ASR) group, maintains that it has given the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association a fair remuneration for bagasse based on the amount of fiber the company uses. Olivia Avilez, BSI’s officer for Cane Farmer Relations, explained […]
Domestic fight ends in fatal stabbing
A woman faces possible charges of murder following the fatal stabbing of her common-law husband, Felix Eduardo Alamilla, 28, of San Pedro Town. The incident happened at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday at Alamilla’s workplace, about five miles outside of the town where he was the caretaker of a building. […]
Belize delivered Kim’s passport, but just can’t deliver it back!
by Louis Wade Won Hong Kim was in a Taiwanese prison about to be extradited to his home country of South Korea to answer to charges of embezzlement of Half a Billion dollars when the bright idea surfaced that, IF he were a citizen of another country, the officials must […]
Foreign Affairs hosts forum on water security
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a public forum this week on water security and the effects of Climate Change. The forum was held at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday night, and is a part of the ministry’s efforts to hold a forum every month. The forum […]
CCJ appeal for GOB acquisition of BTL and BEL starts
The final appeal of the case regarding the government’s acquisition of BEL and BTL began Wednesday via teleconference with Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Wednesday’s session was mostly case management and scheduling a timetable for the appeal. The hearings are expected to start in […]
BELIZE SCHOOL COUNSELLOR ASSOCIATION (BSCA) TO HOST FIRST SCHOOL COUNSELLING CONFERENCE
The Belize School Counsellor Association (BSCA) was formally established in October, 2012. The mission of the BSCA is to represent, support, and develop professional school counsellors in Belize and to encourage efficient delivery of counselling services at educational institutions. The BSCA’s objectives are to aid in educational and professional development […]
IDB President meets with Belize’s Prime Minister
Inter-American Development Bank President, Luis Alberto Moreno met today with Belize Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, to exchange information and provide an overview of the IDB’s activities in the country. President Moreno and Prime Minister Barrow also discussed the current IDB portfolio as well as future projects for Belize. The current […]
BCCI OSH amendment proposals
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has submitted proposed amendments to the recently tabled Occupational Safety and Healthy (OSH) Bill to the Public Service, Labor, Industry and Trade Committee. The revision submitted by the BCCI includes 46 suggested amendments, 54 points of […]
Eu ban forces vessels to change Belizean flag
The European Union (EU)’s ban on fishery products and services from Belize has affected several international vessels and forced them to start finding alternatives to the Belizean flag. Three tuna vessels belonging to Thai Union Frozen Products and one belonging to Spanish tuna catcher, […]
No comment on replacement ambassador to Guatemala, says CEO of Foreign Affairs
The person chosen to replace Ambassador Alfredo Martinez as Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala is a matter solely for the Prime Minister to decide, says Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Rosado. Rosado, a career diplomat, has been cited by several local media houses as the one […]
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has submitted a number of thoughtful and relevant amendments to the Bill called the Occupational Safety and Health Bill now before the House of Representatives. The Chamber is not opposed to the legislation in principle. It is saying that it is too ambitious […]
Penner Walks COLA says they will appeal the case
The private prosecution case against Elvin Penner, the former minister of state in the Ministry of Immigration, has been dismissed. Magistrate Aretha Ford on Thursday struck out the case against Penner because it lacked evidence for a trial, but Citizens Organized for Liberty through […]
Two fires same story: children were playing with lighters
Two houses in two separate areas burned down Thursday morning and reports indicate that both fires were caused by unsupervised children who were playing with lighters. One of the fires occurred on Berkely Street and the other was in the Conch Shell Bay area. A […]
Conch Shell Bay grandma charged for public gambling
Gambling is what the police claim five Conch Shell Bay area residents were doing when they found them with a deck of cards on a slab.
Three females, including a 64-year-old grandmother and three males, were at the corner of West Collect Canal and Conch Shell Bay area when police detained them.
All five appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, where they were all read a single charge of gambling or “assemble to gamble.”
Initially, all pleaded guilty to the offence, including Quinn Arnold but after the facts were read in court she protested saying, “I nuh agree with it because dah nuh such it happen.”
School teacher found dead in his bed in Belize City
Police in Belize City suspect foul play in the death of a man who was found dead in his bed this morning.
The body of Steven Michael, Jr., 28, was found just after 7 o’clock this morning inside his home at the corner of Jaguar and Tapir Streets in Belize City.
A preliminary report from police say that Michael, Jr. was found lying face down in his bed and bleeding from his nose. Reports say that Stephen Michael, Jr. was last seen alive by his father around 8o’clock on Thursday night.
Authorities say that a television set as well as the victim’s wallet and cellular phone were missing from the house.
It’s Not Too Late to Enjoy a Summer Vacation in Belize
Summer has peaked and the days have begun getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of time to discover what so many savvy travellers have – Belize is one of the best summer vacation destinations on the planet, and especially convenient if you’re based in North America.
Press Release – Belize People’s Front on Elvin Penner’s Case Dismissal
The Belize People’s Front is alarmed and dismayed on hearing that the charges against area representative and former Minister of State in the Immigration Department have been dropped for a lack of evidence. While we respect the decision of the court, much more could have been done to ally the doubt that the state was not in collusion with stifling the investigation in an effort to protect the partisan politics that the existing giants maintain. The trust of the people have been broken once again, not just by the elected official, but by the state’s collusion in not adhering to the Constitution as it pertains to elected officials in public office.
These acts are treacherous and should not be condoned by a lack of mobility and inaction by the Police Department and the Director of Public Prosecution. The trust of the people have once again been ignored and the blatant disregard for honour and good governance have once again taken a back seat to partisan politics.
SALAD BAR – WARM BEEF NICOISE
Place the steaks in a shallow dish. Blend the vinegar with 1 tablespoon of the orange juice and a teaspoon of mustard. Pour over steaks, cover, let stand in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Turn over half way through the marinating time.
Place the eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove and plunge the eggs into the cold water. Once cold, shell and set aside.
Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.
Belize City bridge design put out to tender
The winning bidder will be required to complete a detailed design of the bridge replacement within six months.
Like a kid in a candy store
While I love the Ozarks as much or more than anyone I know, even I like to go on a vacation from time to time. My wife and I really like the beach, especially the Caribbean and the Riviera Maya (or Yucatan area of Mexico) and try to visit those areas every year or so. My wife says her favorite part of the ocean is that little strip of sand where it meets the land.
So a couple weeks ago my wife and I spent a week traveling. We took a cruise to two places on our “bucket list” of locations we want to visit. The trip included stops in four countries, but one was someplace we had visited several times, and the other was simply an add-on because it was the fourth stop on this particular loop. We started by flying to Miami, then boarded the boat with stops in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Cayman Islands, and then back to Miami.
CYNK Stock Crushed After Trading Halt Is Lifted
With no revenue, no assets and one employee, how did CYNK stock jump 25,000% earlier this month?
CYNK Technology (CYNK) resumed trading Friday, and plenty of shareholders probably wish it hadn’t as they watched CYNK stock plunge nearly 85%.
penny on chart 185x185 CYNK Stock Crushed After Trading Halt Is LiftedIn what’s been the scandal of the summer, CYNK — a penny stock trading over-the-counter — shot up 25,000% in a matter of days in early July. Then the Securities and Exchange Commission stepped in.
Never mind that the Belize company has no revenue, no assets and one employee. For a short time, CYNK stock had a market cap of $6 billion, which is bigger than about a tenth of all companies in the S&P 500.
That was bound to get the attention of regulators even when it comes to the OTC market, which is largely left to its own and therefore home to all sorts of dodgy companies. The SEC halted trading in CYNK stock on July 11 to investigate “potentially manipulative transactions” and the “accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace.”
Obama hauls Central American leaders to White House to order them to stop immigration flood – but they blame HIM for ‘ambiguous’ policies
President Barack Obama met with the leaders of the three Central American countries at the forefront of the illegal immigration debate this afternoon.
Obama held a joint meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and El Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren to discuss their 'shared responsibility' to promote 'safe, legal, and orderly migration' to the America, according to the White House.
Vice President Joe Biden, who met with Molina and Ceren last month in Guatemala, also attended today's meeting at the White House.
Neither Obama nor the Central American leaders took questions from the press after the meeting, but Honduras' Hernandez said on Thursday that he planned to ask Obama to do more to clear up 'the ambiguity' surrounding the country's immigration laws, including the president's Deferred Action for childhood arrivals program, and to step up law enforcement efforts to shut down drug smugglers and cartels.
Video: Marines Teach Infantry Tactics to Belize Soldiers, 3min.
Video: Belize is the North American Paradise, min.
The Discovery Channel has a North American video series, and they have a clip about Belize. It's appropriately named, 'Belize, a North American Paradise.' It's not long, yet a lot is on there.
"Belize, with the highest concentration of pristine rainforest in Central America and the second largest coral reef in the world, is a North American paradise."
Video: Welcome to Belize, 3min.
Video and pictures of different IBS events in Belize, IBS Summits and IBS Facilitators,
Fishing Belize this Summer, 10min.
Video: Lale Snorkeling in Belize, 3min.
Snorkeling the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Raggamuffin tours in Belize. The best snorkeling experience Ive had.
Video: Loading boat Camp Belize 7-2014, 1min.