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#516460 - 08/03/16 07:03 AM Today's Belize News: August 3, 2016
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The San Pedro Sun

ADVISORY NO. 7 Tropical Storm Earl approaching Belize
NEMO is hereby upgrading the Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch to a Hurricane Warning for the entire coast of Belize, as Tropical Storm Earl is likely to intensify to Hurricane strength, just before making landfall. Weather conditions over the country is expected to deteriorate to hurricane conditions within the next twenty four (24) hours, meaning winds in excess of 70 mph will be affecting the country of Belize. Rainfall is estimated to be as high as 12 inches. Storm surge is likely to be 3-5ft.

NEMO has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the entire country. At 6:00p.m Tropical Storm Earl was centered near Latitude 16.4°N, Longitude 82.3°W or 398 miles east of Belize City. Earl is moving westward near 16 mph. On this track, the center of Earl will make landfall on Belize Wednesday night or early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical Storm Earl Forms East of Belize
NEMO hereby informs that Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Central Caribbean. TS Earl is moving due west at 22 mph with winds of 47 mph. Present location is 16.3 north latitude and 80.2 west longitude. The system is likely to make landfall on Wednesday night/ early Thursday morning. Tropical Storm have the potential for further development into a Category 1 Hurricane. NEMO hereby declares Phase 2, one red flag with black centre is to be flown. A Tropical Storm Warning/ Hurricane watch is in effect for Belize. This means that within 24 hours’ time we should experience rough seas, wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour and continuous rainfall along the coast drifting westward over Belize. We are anticipating storm surge of about 2-4 feet high and up to 16 inches of rainfall which can result in extreme flood conditions.

The National Emergency Management Organization hereby informs that the strong, fast moving tropical wave in the central Caribbean located 150 miles south-southwest of Kingston or some 650 miles east of Belize continues to move westward at about 20 mph. The system is producing winds of 40 to 45 mph, however it still appears to lack a closed surface circulation. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for additional development, and Tropical Storm Earl could form later today. An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this morning. As much as 6 inches of rain can be expected in our region.

Ambergris Today

NEMO Releases Info on Evacuation for Tropical Storm Earl
NEMO has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the entire country. At 6:00p.m Tropical Storm Earl was centered near Latitude 16.4°N, Longitude 82.3°W or 398 miles east of Belize City. Earl is moving westward near 16 mph. On this track, the center of Earl will make landfall on Belize Wednesday night or early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Ambergris Caye to Benefit from Free Seminars
Arcadia University from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA will be hosting a series of free seminars from Saturday, August 6 to Friday, August 19. The seminars are divided into morning and evening sessions, and will be offered at the San Pedro Lion’s Den, Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II, and the San Pedro Town Council Conference Room. From business to health and even education, lessons will be taught by select professors, and participants are invited to attend and receive useful information. If you would like to sign up for a course or need additional information, please contact Lara Goldman at 670-5272. For information about the programs and services, please go to the Village Initiative Arcadia – San Pedro Facebook Page for the most current information, or email Goldman at lemoncrushbelize@gmail.com.

Tropical Storm Earl Treks Towards Belize
As Tropical Storm Earl forms in the central Caribbean, the Governments of Mexico and Belize have issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Punta Allen, Mexico, southward to the Belize/Guatemala border. The Government of Honduras has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire north coast of Honduras from Cabo Gracias a Dios westward to the Honduras/Guatemala border including the Bay Islands. Residents on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are being advised to begin start making preparations to secure properties.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Second press release from the San Pedro NEMO - EOC
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) - Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker, have been meeting to discuss the plan of action of the fast approaching tropical wave. Residents on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are being advised to begin start making preparations to secure properties. NEMO reminds boat operators and owners to start taking necessary steps to secure their vessels and advise vessels to remain in safe harbour. Contractors and hardware store owners are being asked to remove any and all items above their building that can be flying missiles during a storm. Hotel and resort owners are being asked to begin to put in place measures to secure their guests and employees.

During 2016, four (4) workshops were held, the latest one was held on July 27th. . This workshop was held at the Tilapia Hatchery Center in Central Farm under the theme “Capacity Building in Production and Marketing”; more than 40 participants got exposed to different areas of tilapia farming. During this event, the participants received lectures with different subjects, including “Planning for Tilapia Cultivation & Pond Construction”, “Pond Management for Tilapia Cultivation”, “Demonstration of Tilapia Cleaning Process” and “Small Scale Tilapia Business”. These participants were also involved in a role playing activity in which they portrayed as a tilapia provider who wanted to sell their products to the supermarkets and restaurants. After receiving lectures and partaking in the different activities; the participants had an open discussion with the Aquaculture Unit Technicians, which included the sharing of tilapia farming experience and business. Many producers mentioned that the tilapia farming was a good way for the agriculture business and also could serve as the solution of getting good protein for family; furthermore the producers also shared their personal experience of the key points to achieve a successful tilapia farming, such as good pond planning, good feeding system, good quality of water and good marketing skills.

This year, Belize will celebrate the 20th anniversary of being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leading up to the celebrations in December, the Wildlife Conservation Society and other conservation stakeholders have organized a number of activities, one of which is a LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION. PLEASE NOTE The deadline for submission of entries has been extended to August 12, 2016.

Moscow on Ice Show postponed
From The Organizer: "Due to Tropical Storm Earl the Moscow on Ice Show has been postponed. We are trying to work out the logistics to still be able to bring the show to San Pedro. The show, however, has prior commitments as part of their tour to perform in Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia so this might be difficult but we will do our best to make it happen." - Horacio Louis Guerrero

San Pedro Town Council closed Aug 3
Due to the storm.

Bowen & Bowen announces countrywide office closures in preparation of Tropical Storm Earl.

Snippet of the Cultural Explosion
Held on Saturday July 30, 2016 sponsored by the Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH), COLCHA, NICH, NCIC which featured multicultural performances from a diverse platform. Special guest presentation and appearance was International Indian dancer Brian Mangaroo. Despite threats of rain, the show went on.

Mayan Language Workshop
The intelligent individuals that took part in the Mayan Language Workshop at Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) along with the Maestro Mario Colli Colli.

Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trafficking Workshop
Ambassador Moreno recently participated in the Wildlife Conservation Society's Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trafficking Workshop Belize Illegal Wildlife and Timber trafficking workshop. The workshop focused on looking at Illegal Wildlife Trafficking (IWT) from the global and regional perspective, IWT in Belize and the implications of CITES, enforcement technology and prosecution, intelligence and a IWT gap analysis. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

Price Gouging During Emergencies: Government of Belize Press Office

The Belize Hotel Association conducted an intensive membership recruitment drive in San Ignacio and surrounding areas in Cayo, on Wednesday July 27 and Thursday July 28, 2016. BHA's Marketing Director, Tessie Duran Tonaco, met with over fourteen Resorts, Hotels, Eco-lodges, Tour Operators and affiliated businesses in this area. We received a very positive response from our hoteliers and business partners in the West, and we expect to have several new members join the Association for the 2016/2017 year. The BHA has seen that there has been an increase in requests for properties and tours in the Cayo District, Western Belize with more persons showing interest in nature and adventure activities. The greater number of properties and services, in different categories, that we can offer at the International Shows we attend, allows for our members to capitalize more from our marketing efforts. See list of 2016/2017 trade shows.

NEMO Public Advisory # 6
NEMO has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the entire country. At 6:00p.m Tropical Storm Earl was centered near Latitude 16.4°N, Longitude 82.3°W or 398 miles east of Belize City. Earl is moving westward near 16 mph. On this track, the center of Earl will make landfall on Belize Wednesday night or early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula. Earl will produce rainfall accumulation of 8-12 inches over Belize. These rains could cause flash floods and mud slides especially over higher terrain. For coastal areas, there is also a risk for flooding, especially in low lying areas such as Belize City. All marine interests, especially small crafts, should exercise caution this evening and tonight, and seek safe harbour tomorrow morning as large swells will be affecting our coastal waters. In case of urgent /emergency last minute runs in the morning large Seagoing carriers are to exercise best judgement based on the sea state conditions. You are asked to keep NEMO informed. The NEMO Operations Officer number is 661 1190.

**Minor Change of Date** Costa Maya moved down by only 1 day
The International Costa Maya Festival has been working very closely with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of Belize, and will continue to do so until the threat of Tropical Storm Earl has passed. Based on the information received from NEMO, it has been decided that the Reina de la Costa Maya International Pageant, originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 4th will now take place on Sunday, August 7th but all other events of the festival will proceed as scheduled.

San Pedro: Caribena posts fuel hours

SBDC Workshop: Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights Postponed until Tuesday, 9th August 2016
Presented by: Mrs. Koreen Flowers. Post/Teaching Description: Sr. Assistant Registrar of Intellectual Property, BELIPO. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan. Workshop Date: August 9th, 2016. Time: 9am to 12noon. This course is designed for entrepreneurs, managers and business owners who are interested in learning more about Copyright, Patent, Trademark and Industrial Design.

Atlantic Bank on Caye Caulker open today til noon

Our boats will leave San Pedro at 6 am, 8 am and 10 am and Caye Caulker at 6:30 am, 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Please check in early to reserve your seat. Safe travels. Feel free to call 226-2033, 226-2033 or 223-0033 for support.

San Pedro Mayor visits former mayors
Over the past week, Mayor Daniel Guerrero visited former Mayors, Mr. Alberto Nuñez Sr. and Mr. Gilberto Gomez and presented them with a token of appreciation for their service to the community. These two gentlemen gave their all for the betterment of San Pedro Town and for that we thank them.

Fire on Jones Street
An over night fire on Jones Street in the St Martin's area of Belize City has completely destroyed this wooden structure. Firefighters and police are investigating the possible cause of the fire.

Belize Integral Health Center will be closed August 3, 2016 until the all clear is given by NEMO
As of 3, August 2016 Belize Healthcare Partners Limited will ONLY be providing Emergence services until the all clear is given by NEMO

Corozal Town Council closed today
Corozal Town Council has confirmed to the Corozal Daily that it will be closed today.

Benque Summer Camp 2016
Benque Viejo is having their 2016 Summer Camp at Sam's Community Park next week, from the 8th to the 12th of August. They'll have food and fun in large amounts. Thanks, Cayo District Youth Council! "Youth from Benque Viejo be one the look out for a week of exciting activities at Sam’s Community Park located in Zone 4. Lots of Fun activities, Arts and Crafts, Sports, and Refreshments. Come and join us from August 8th to 12th 2016. Don’t Miss out!!!!"

Meet Candy; she is a Red-Lored Amazon
She came to the rescue on June 12th as a fledgling with a terrible fungal infection that was taking over her mouth to the point that she couldn’t even close it fully. She couldn’t fly and had a sinus infection among other symptoms and discomforts. In the time that she’s been here while cleaning out her mouth and nares and bringing her back to health she has captured each of our hearts. In the beginning she needed a lot of care, multiple times, every day. She now is living full time in an outside aviary with other parrots and loving it! Though she does sometimes miss being the baby and getting hand fed our delicious baby parrot goop she is well on her way to being a healthy bird; she can fly and with practice and time she will be great at it.

Downtown Rejuvenation Project's Summer Camp
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project's Summer Camp with Myrna Manzanares and children from the downtown area started on Monday August 1st . The children are learning about our history, traditional games, cultural songs, oral history and listening to stories. The children had a blast over the last two days.

All Archaeological Reserves including cave sites and CLOSED
As a precautionary measure against the approaching storm.

Channel 7

TS Earl Bearing Down On Belize, May Be Hurricane By Landfall
Tonight the entire country of Belize is under a Tropical Storm Warning and there is a Hurricane Watch for the entire country. This is for Tropical Storm Earl, which at 6:00 pm had strengthened to maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour - making it a very strong tropical storm. The storm is moving westward near 16 miles per hour and the Met Office says that - at this rate - the center of Earl will pass just north of the Honduras Bay Islands Wednesday afternoon, and be very near the coast of Belize late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. So, tonight, Belizeans all over are waiting with apprehension and watching carefully, and here's what you need to know.

CEMO Standing By, Shelters Not Open Yet
So, right now, NEMO personnel in all different parts of the country are on standby ready to activate on a moment's notice. NEMO liaison officer and all leading emergency management officials met in Belmopan this afternoon to discuss the storm variables and managing the emergency needs that will arise. This evening, we spoke with the Belize City Council's CEMO leaders, and they told us that they are hoping that City residents will keep calm, listen carefully to the NEMO advisories, and move wisely if they are advised to evacuate from the City's most vulnerable areas which are flood prone. Here's the Mayor and Councillor Willoughby assuring that they are on top of things: "Councilor Willoughby and likewise has been making arrangements for certain operational functions within the city to occur smoothly in terms of for example the swinging of the bridge, of course those will be done this evening, early tomorrow morning. We encourage every person in Belize City just to stay close to their radio and television and to pay keen attention to the advisories.

Mechanic Killed By His Own Car In Accident
Tonight the family of 27 year-old Levert Lauriano is mourning his untimely passing after he wrapped his SUV around a tree last night, just before 7:00. It happened right next to Diamond Motel on the Phillip Goldson Highway, just before the Haulover Bridge. Lauriano was northbound to his Ladyville home after work. Police don't know what exactly went wrong while he was driving his White Honda Pilot SUV, but, he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into tree after jumping a drain. The impact sent his body flying out the windshield, and the when vehicle came to a stop, it ended up on top of him, killing him on the spot. Today, we went searching for answers, and we spoke Police and one of his Mechanic colleagues from Ladyville. Here's what they had to say:

Senator Francine Burns Is A Senator No More
Last night we told you all about the moves in the Barrow Cabinet - all owing to the Danny Mason meltdown - which has left Minister John Saldivar as a political hot potato. Godwin Hulse takes over the Police Department from Saldivar - becoming the first Minister of Police in memory. Saldivar remains Minster of Defence with responsibility for the BDF and the Coast Guard. Hulse remains minister of Immigration. As Hulse moves over from Natural Resources, Attorney General Vanessa Retreage steps in to take that over, while holding unto the AG's Ministry. But, to become a Minister Retreage will have to become a Senator - meaning that one of the existing six government appointed senators will have to step aside to make room for Retreage. Yesterday the Prime Minister the press he could not announce who would be stepping aside, since he had yet to speak with that person. We understand he did so late yesterday and that it is Francine Burns, the young attorney from Orange Walk.

Report: More Senior GOB Officials Could Lose Visas
Last night we told you how former director of Immigration and present CEO of NEMO and Transport Ruth Meighan was refused entry into the United States, and returned to Belize with her US Visa revoked. That happened over the weekend - and today, persistent reports tell us that seven more senior government officials will have their visa cancelled. Now that is huge news! But, who are they? And are they CEO's or Minister's? Well, we couldn't find out - but it is a story we'll keep following. Reports say that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elringotn did meet with the Americans yesterday to query the incident, but was told that it is a matter being handled bot by the Embassy but by the State Department through US Immigration. As we noted, Ruth Meighan's signature continued to appear in machine readable Belize passports long after she left office in 2013.

The First House To Drop
We all know a storm is coming and the computer models say Earl could be heading right for Belize City. We should remember that the last time a hurricane slammed into the city in 2010, the Category One Richard devastated the coastline of the Yabra area. The housing stock there was and is very poor - so much so that - one house feel today, it seems just hearing about a storm. Lairrd Tucker and his family's home on Caesar Ridge Road collapsed this morning. The 5 foot stilts that it sits on, gave way, sending the house tumbling down. Today, Tucker called us out to his home to make a plea for help, especially since this storm is approaching: If you want to help Tucker you can call 629-3711.

Firearms Examiner Vera Accused OF A Dirty Deed
The Police Department is facing yet another scandal tonight after their Firearms Examiner, Orlando Vera has been charged with Abetment of the crime of perverting the course of Justice. Michael Modiri, the neighbour of Major American Tour Operator Bradley Paumen, has accused him trying to offer a bribe to get rid of evidence. You'll remember that Paumen and 4 others have been charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly trying to plant a gun on Modiri so that he could be arrested and sent to jail. According to Modiri, sometime between June 1 and July 31 of last year, Vera offered to tamper with that evidence against him so that he could be freed of the charges. Modiri eventually side-stepped that mess and the plot to frame him was exposed months after police charged Bradley Paumen for allegedly orchestrated a murder plot to kill him 3 other persons.

Wesley School Burglarized By Minors/Former Students
Last night a few crafty burglars ransacked the Wesley Lower School, right down form our studio on Albert Street. It happened around 11:30 and the police and the Acting Vice Principal were called out to the school. Today we went to see the aftermath of the break-in and find out how the school administration and staff will deal with this second hit. Classes resume on September 5th and the students at the Wesley Lower College are looking forward to see their colorful classroom charts, recite their alphabets, read their story books and participate in fun activities, but the teachers will have to work extra hard to re-create that open and welcoming space for the kids after the school was raided last night.

The 1999 Allegation Against Mark Flowers
Tonight, Superintendent of Police Mark Flowers is out on bail facing two counts of unlawful carnal knowledge. Last week Wednesday we ran a story digging into a past incident - when Flowers was accused of sexual assault. We stress that he was never criminally charged, but he was demoted from AIP to Corporal after a female police recruit accused him of sexual assault. Last week we reported that she was kicked out of the Police Training Academy because she left the compound without permission. Well, this long-suffering victim of alleged sexual assault says that detail forced her to come forward and tell her story - after 17 years. Last week Thursday she spoke to Jules Vasquez - she asked for her identity to be concealed:... Victim: "When I heard it on the news last night that the young lady didn't disobeyed the rules, I said it hurts, because I guarantee I did not break any rules. I asked permission and they said you cannot come out unless a senior officer goes with you. He was the only senior officer at the time on the campus and I asked him because I was hungry. I did eat my supper and the kitchen was closed already. I trusted him to go with me..."

NCFC's Plan Of Action
The National Council for Families and Children is making youth voices heard. The council had organized an essay and poetry competition and winners from both categories were awarded today. But the participants had to stick to one theme and that was to reflect on how they saw Belize in 2030. This theme is also the main focus of the new National Plan of Action that was launched today. Today the NCFC coordinator Lindburgh Smith explained the link between the competition and the police and what it means for Belizean children. In terms of the competition, in the Expressive Arts Category Andrea Guiterrez came in first, 2nd place went to Cassandra Gloria and Markisha Jorgenson came in 3rd. For the English Essay category Loreto Pelayo Jr came in first, 2nd place went to Fredezia Lambey and Andrew Trejo walked away with the 3rd prize. The hope is that the policy will be reinforced in November.

UK Guardian Reports On Belize Bank International
One of the most influential newspaper in England and the English speaking world today published a probing article on the Belize Bank International. Titled, "Lord Ashcroft's Belize bank hit by wave of withdrawals", the UK Guardian reports that the value of deposits has fallen by 75% in six months because Belize Bank International is part of the US tax evasion crackdown. The lengthy article cites confidential emails which suggest some Belize Bank International "customers have struggled to recover their cash." The article also states that US tax inspectors are investigating suspected evasion by some of the bank's customers. The article reveals that one BBI account-holder to have complained of problems with money transfers was "the Belizean arm of Mossack Fonseca, the offshore law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal." The article quotes leaked emails which show Mossack Fonseca sought advice from a local law firm in Belize last August about its BBI bank account.

NEMO Reports
And we close tonight with one more work on Tropical Storm Earl which is bearing down on Belize tonight. At 6:00 pm, the storm was 398 miles east of Belize City and moving westward near 16 mph. It is expected to make landfall on Belize Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Maximum sustained winds at 6:00 pm were near 60 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula. Earl will produce rainfall accumulation of 8-12 inches over Belize and these rains could cause flash floods and mud slides especially over higher terrain. For coastal areas, there is also a risk for flooding, especially in low lying areas such as Belize City. NEMO advises that the Belize Airport Authority will be closed at midday tomorrow, and the last bus runs will leave from the north, west and south at midday and from Belize City to north, west and south at 4p.m. Also Municipal flights will be suspended at midday tomorrow. ?the public is cautioned to listen to the advisories and stay alert and if you live in a flood prone area and along the coast and your home is not safe you are strongly advised to move early to a shelter in your area.

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Channel 5

The Latest on Tropical Storm Earl; He’s Definitely Coming
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CEMO Prepares for Earl’s Landfall in Flood Prone Areas of the City
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What is Corozal Doing Ahead of Imminent Tropical Storm?
In Corozal, a total of ten shelters have been identified.  Personnel from the District Emergency Management Organization are in communication with residents in flood prone areas; making preparations for an [...]

PM Says It’s Impossible to Avoid People Who are Not “For Real”
Turning to political matters….on Monday, the Prime Minister announced a small reshuffle of his Cabinet, in effect taking only the Police Department away from John Saldivar who now becomes the [...]

“If Anybody Can Do It, Godwin Hulse Can” – PM Barrow
We were able to bring you the most significant morsels in Monday’s lengthy conference, but tonight we can shine somewhat of a spotlight on the players in the reshuffle. The [...]

Big Respect to AG Retreage
And just as Hulse enjoys the full support of the Prime Minister, so does Attorney General and now Minister of Natural Resources, Vanessa Retreage. She entered the political forefront in [...]

4 Employees of Vital Statistics Unit Face Disciplinary and Criminal Action
The A.G. will have her work cut out for her in the Ministry of Natural Resources, as she had and still has at the Vital Statistics Department which falls within [...]

Godwin Hulse Says Lands Department Was Once a Private Business
Retreage is expected to be savior number two at the Ministry of Natural Resources, following up on the foundation set by savior number one, Godwin Hulse. As a point of [...]

Should Minister of National Security be Removed from Cabinet?
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Lebert Louriano Perishes in Traffic Accident
Another traffic accident has ended tragically for a well-known mechanic. On Monday night, Lebert Louriano was travelling alone to Ladyville, Belize District, when he lost control of his SUV, overturned [...]

Near Fatal RTA on Phillip Goldson Highway
There was a near fatal traffic accident on Saturday morning involving another Ladyville resident. Alfred Espejo sustained head and body injuries during a traffic accident near the Napa Roundabout on [...]

Firearms Ballistic Examiner Charged for Attempting to Tamper with Evidence
Following weeks of investigation, Firearms Ballistic examiner Orlando Vera was arraigned on a single charge of abetment for the crime of perverting the course of justice in the case of [...]

Why Was C.E.O. Ruth Meighan Denied Entry into the U.S.?
In Monday’s newscast we told you about NEMO C.E.O. Ruth Meighan’s unfortunate experience in Houston where she was denied entry to the U.S. Meighan, a senior official in the Prime [...]

Mark Flowers and the Black Man Eddy Connection
Superintendent Mark Flowers is out on bail and on interdiction from the Belize Police Department.  Following his arraignment for unlawful sexual intercourse against a minor last week, a family reached [...]

B.D.F. Prepare for Tropical Storm Earl
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B.D.F. General Says Troops Traverse the Sarstoon Unimpeded and Uninterrupted
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NEMO Advisory: 8 to 12 Inches of Rainfall Over Belize
The latest NEMO advisory was released at six tonight. It states that Earl will produce rainfall accumulation of eight to twelve inches of rainfall over Belize. These rains could cause [...]

Supplies Control Unit Issues Release on Gouging Ahead of Earl
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Costa Maya: Will It Be Held this Weekend Despite Inclement Weather?
One event that is being affected by Tropical Storm Earl is the annual Costa Maya Festival being held in San Pedro this weekend. The organization issued a statement late this [...]


Tropical Storm to Hit Belize
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City Council Visits Residents in Flood Prone Areas
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NEMO Toledo Activated for Incoming Storm
Authorities in the Toledo District have also been very active as we hear in this report that was filed earlier today by correspondent Paul Mahung. PAUL MAHUNG “NEMO TOLEDO members and their NEMO Toledo District Coordinator Kenton Parham have been in planning and preparation sessions. Kenton Parham advises the general public in Punta Gorda & […]

Mechanic Dies in Traffic Accident; Police Says It Was Speeding
A gruesome accident left a twenty seven year old dead last night. Around seven o’clock, a white SUV being driven by Levert Loriano, flipped on the Phillip Goldson Highway around Mile four in front of Diamond’s Motel. Deputy Officer in Charge of the Precinct Four Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police Francisco Ack gave us […]

BPP Says Cabinet Amendments are Only Cosmetic Changes
William Mason seems to have started an avalanche that slowly gathered momentum and has today placed several persons in the spotlight particularly so, the former Minister of National Security, John Saldivar. The avalanche did gather enough strength to prompt the Prime Minister to do some adjustments to Saldivar’s portfolio. Prime Minister’s move, however, did not […]

Opposition Says PM Barrow Is Enamored with Optics
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Panton Says Dickie’s Word on Mason Has No Weight
Last week we brought you an interview with Richard Dickie Bradley where he aired several allegations reportedly made by William Mason. Yesterday, whilst we were at the Outback Farm at mile 31 on the George Price Highway we met up with Mason’s attorney, Herbert Panton who told Love News that Bradley is not authorized to […]

Nude Photo of Government Official was Allegedly Taken in Mason’s House
Despite Panton’s comment of Richard Dickie Bradley’s statements made on the Mason case having no weight, Bradley went on to speak to Love News on other allegations that Mason has mentioned including the nude photo of a Government official that circulated some months ago which he says was taken in his home. RICHARD BRADLEY “He […]

Police Raids Mason’s Home, Taking All Video Surveillance
So, those are the allegations that Mason has reportedly made and is now being reported by Attorney Richard Dickie Bradley. But aside from those charges being made by Mason, there is the issue of video surveillance at the farm and at the home on Intelco Hill which would undoubtedly incriminate over a dozen of senior […]

Mason Wants PM Barrow to Have the Evidence of Wrongdoing of Government Officials
In a press conference held last Friday at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he made it clear that he would not entertain any meeting with William Mason. Prime Minister Barrow however did not strike down the idea of meeting with Mark Flowers. Bradley spoke of why the meeting between Barrow and […]


Belizeans brace for bad weather
Belize may get its first hit in 2016 from an Atlantic cyclone in the next few days, when it is forecast that a weather disturbance that has been on the radar since the weekend could hit with winds of 50-60 miles per hour and rainfall ranging from 4 to 6 inches. A storm does not have to reach hurricane force strength to prove fatal. In fact, today, it has been reported that at least 6 deaths have been attributed to the system in the Dominican Republic. On Sunday, the tropical disturbance downed a high tension power line, which sparked a fire when it struck a tourist bus with passengers returning from the beach. Twelve others were reportedly injured in the incident. It was also reported that three others may have been killed in bad weather spawned by the system. Three bodies had been recovered and four others remained missing after their boat capsized. Although the cause of the boating incident has yet to be confirmed, it has been reported that a small craft warning was in effect at the time.

Saldivar stripped of police portfolio
Hon. John Saldivar, who has been the minister responsible for the Police Department for the past four years, since March 13, 2012, but who has recently come under pressure for associating with and accepting money from an alleged con-man to finance his football team, has lost that portfolio, but Prime Minster Dean Barrow, head of Cabinet, asserts that it is not because Saldivar is being impeached for any wrongdoing, although, “seeds of mistrust” have been planted. Controversy continues to brew over Saldivar’s connections with a man known in Belize as William Mason, who was recently charged with four others for the murder and beheading of Belizean pastor, Llewellyn Lucas, and for the kidnapping of two others.

Killed while doing God’s work
A Belize City man whose blood/alcohol level was above the prescribed limit on Saturday morning, when he drove his SUV into the sidewalk on East Canal, fatally injuring one woman whose leg had to be amputated at the KHMH before she died, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison this afternoon when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on manslaughter by negligence and other accident-related charges. Two other women were also injured in the early morning accident, which occurred during the busy market hours. The accident occurred across the canal from the Novelos Bus Terminal. Victor Gibbs, a sales coordinator at Benny’s, appeared in Magistrate’s Court #8 before Magistrate Aretha Ford, who read six indictable offences to him.

The visa cancellation no one wants to talk about
Belize has been going through international embarrassment due to the hustling that was taking place at the Immigration Department, which became etched in the national consciousness when the Elvin Penner passport scandal broke in September 2013. Today at Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s press conference, the media asked him about another kind of embarrassment to Belize that occurred over the weekend, when the former Director of Immigration, Ruth Meighan, landed back in Belize on Saturday after she was denied entry into the United States and her personal as well as her official visa were reportedly cancelled. Prime Minister Barrow, in answer to the question put by the media, said that he had heard about the visa cancellation, but did not know why Meighan’s was turned back. Since the story broke, Amandala has attempted to get comments from several persons in authority.

Barrow says Saldivar will not be moved without evidence
Rebuffing calls for the removal of Belize’s National Security Minister and the United Democratic Party representative for Belmopan, Hon. John Saldivar, from Cabinet, Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicated at a press conference held this evening that Saldivar—accused of having an unseemly association with the man identified as William Mason, implicated in the recent murder and beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas— will not be axed from Cabinet unless there is material evidence on the basis of which to do so. The Mason-Saldivar connection: how far did it go? About two years ago, Mason reportedly got a renewed passport from Guyana in the name Rajesh Ouelette—an unusual name for a Guyanese. He has claimed to have had a name change from Persaud to Oulette. In Belize, ranking ministers of Government, including Saldivar, came to know him as William Mason. His true identity remains in question.

Cane farmers demonstrate against ASR sugar company
About 200 cane farmers of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts and some of their family members carried out a peaceful demonstration today against American Sugar Refining (ASR), a sugar company operating the Belize Sugar Industries at Tower Hill, Orange Walk. The protest began at 9:00 this morning and lasted until 1:00 this afternoon, at the junction of the Tower Hill road and the Philip Goldson Highway. The farmers are angry because their second payment for their product was short of $209,000, which the sugar company deducted from their payment because some of the molasses produced by the factory had gone bad. Normally, the revenues from the molasses would be split – 65% going to the company and 35% to the farmers. However, the farmers did not receive those revenues. They contend that they bear no fault whatsoever in the spoilage of the molasses and so they should not be made to pay for the incompetence of the company.

National Belikin 8-Ball Tournament, Belize District semifinals
Good day, ladies and gentlemen! My name is Allan McCoy and, as vice president of the Belize District Billiards Association, I would like to update the general public on the National Belikin 8-Ball Tournament that is taking place at the district level in the Belize District. Our regular season concluded on Wednesday, July 27, with four teams making it to the semifinal round. Those teams are (1) Long Island, finishing with 122 pts; (2) Lakers Cool Spot, 104 pts; (3) Micheladas, 100 pts; and (4) Team Police, playing out of Lion King, finishing with 92 pts. The semifinals, which start today, Monday, August 1, will be a home and away match, with no. 1 seeded Long Island playing host to the no. 4 seeded Team Police. Tomorrow’s match-up will be the no. 2 seeded Lakers playing host to the no. 3 seeded Team Micheladas.

FFB postpones national U-17 tournament
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) announces that, due to the approaching weather system, it has postponed the Atlantic Bank Atlantic Insurance Road to U-17 World Cup and the FIFA Live Your Goals Campaign that were both scheduled for this weekend, August 5-7. In an effort to continue with the enhancement of football in the country, both events have been rescheduled for the weekend of August 19-21. The U-17 tournament, which will be held at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, is to select a National U-17 team that will be representing Belize in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Panama in November.

Belize records (3-3) for 4th place in U23 Central American Volleyball
The Belize U23 National Male Volleyball Team is expected back from Panama today, after failing to medal, but coming away with a respectable (3-3) record for a 4th place finish in the U23 Central American Volleyball Championship, which saw all seven Central American countries participating in the competition which was held in Panama. Belize won our opening match on Monday, July 25, against Honduras, 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11). Belize fell to Costa Rica on Tuesday, July 26, 1-3 (17-25, 25-16, 22-25, 17-25). On Wednesday, July 27, Belize lost to Panama, 0-3 (22-25, 18-25, 18-25). Belize bounced back on Thursday, July 28, to defeat El Salvador, 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-16).

BDBA Firms Tournament 2016 results
The Belize District Basketball Association (BDBA) Firms Tournament 2016 is winding down its regular season. In games last Thursday night, July 28, the opener saw Infotel with the 102-82 blowout of Mayan Man Warriors; and BTL clipped Bowen & Bowen, 75-70, in the nightcap. In Friday night’s opener, Belize City Council Dragons crushed Atlantic Bank, 84-64; and in the nightcap it was Central Health, 80-75, over Heritage Bank Heatz. On Saturday night, July 30, there was the completion of a game from July 7 that was interrupted due to rain, and it ended on Saturday with B.C.C. Dragons defeating Central Health, 90-84. In other scheduled games this past Saturday night, Infotel won by default over Civil Aviation Drones, and also BWSL got the default win over Bowen & Bowen.

Editorial: For whom the bell tolls…
It is said that before Richard Nixon left the American presidency enveloped in a cloud of shame, he was advised by Henry Kissinger, who was then his man on National Security Affairs that he should cut loose his closest implicated people and accept a measure of responsibility for Watergate. He never did. And in fact, six months later in January of 1974, the president was defiant in his State of the Union address, declaring he had “no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job the American people elected me to do for the people of the United States.” Six months later, in August of 1974, he would resign before his likely impeachment and removal by the US House of Representatives. We wonder whether there is any Henry Kissinger in this government who is advising the Belize Prime Minister that mayhap he should cut loose his Minister of National Security and really try to come to grips with this tragic, unsavoury nightmare that is unfolding. That we may never know because in this UDP administration there seems no one with the testicular fortitude willing to bell any cat, whether internally or externally, no matter the level of toxicity and filth surrounding the administration.

Belizean scholar’s private reading draws audience to Villa Garden
The Villa Garden at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina came to life after an informal private reading turned into a formal public conference. Dr. Candice Pitts had offered to read an extract of her PhD dissertation for Mrs. Margery Laing, the wife of iconic judge, professor and diplomat, Edward Laing. However, last Saturday shortly after 6 p.m., an audience converged on the Villa Wings Ground and made their way into the Villa Garden to give their attention to a prolific Belizean intellect. Her dissertation is firmly rooted in nationalism in the English-speaking Caribbean with a keen focus on the works of Antigua’s Jamaica Kincaid, Jamaica’s Margaret Cezair-Thompson and Belize’s very own Zee Edgell and how they represented the nationalist movements in their countries.

Capistrano Sho plans to kayak 180 miles for the reef
Capistrano Sho, 30, from Blue Creek, Toledo, fell in love with Belize’s beauty when he became a freelance tour guide over 5 years ago, and last November, he established a Belize City-based alliance, named after his personal cause: “Paddling to Protect Belize Barrier Reef and Marine Ecosystem.” He names Rodel Beltran and Frederick Hunter, Jr., as his two important allies in the cause. “When I became a tour guide, my appreciation for the life and the beauty of the sea grew. While snorkeling, I began understanding what fishes do and how important they are to the ecosystem—what they need to continue producing,” said Sho. “As the years passed by, that is when I saw lots of Sargassum [seaweed] starting to flow along the coastline. People were also complaining that garbage was floating in the water. Fishes go and peck on them. It looked so sad that fishes are consuming what they are not supposed to,” lamented Sho, who is also concerned about the impacts of climate change and the phenomenon known as coral bleaching.

Cane farmers demonstrate against ASR sugar company
About 200 cane farmers of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts and some of their family members carried out a peaceful demonstration today against American Sugar Refining (ASR), a sugar company operating the Belize Sugar Industries at Tower Hill, Orange Walk. The protest began at 9:00 this morning and lasted until 1:00 this afternoon, at the junction of the Tower Hill road and the Philip Goldson Highway. The farmers are angry because their second payment for their product was short of $209,000, which the sugar company deducted from their payment because some of the molasses produced by the factory had gone bad. Normally, the revenues from the molasses would be split – 65% going to the company and 35% to the farmers. However, the farmers did not receive those revenues.

Belize’s largest bank still cut off
Belize Finance Minister Dean Barrow told the media today that “the system is being choked,” in consequence of de-risking, which, he said, has been having a knock-on effect in Belize. Barrow made the comments in response to a question over the schemes ran by the man known as William Mason in Belize, who had allegedly been approached to facilitate transfers into US accounts. Barrow said that while he does not know that de-risking is the cause of these types of informal transactions, it appears that they have become “more voluminous.” Since last year, several Belize-based banks have been cut off by foreign banks which had been providing correspondent banking services to Belize. Barrow said today that two banks had completely lost all correspondent banking relations, but today, one bank has been able to secure a formal arrangement, leaving just one bank without formal correspondent banking relations.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Tropical Storm Earl continues to strengthen, may make landfall in Belize as a hurricane
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, USA is reporting that Tropical Storm Earl continues to gain strength slowly, and may landfall in Belize as a hurricane early Thursday. As of 5 a.m., Earl was located about 315 miles southeast of Belize City with […]

NEMO Advisory No. 7 Tropical Storm Earl approaching Belize
NEMO is hereby upgrading the Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch to a Hurricane Warning for the entire coast of Belize, as Tropical Storm Earl is likely to intensify to Hurricane strength, just before making landfall. Weather conditions over the country […]

NEMO Advisory No. 6 Tropical Storm Earl forms East of Belize
NEMO has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the entire country. At 6:00p.m Tropical Storm Earl was centered near Latitude 16.4°N, Longitude 82.3°W or 398 miles east of Belize City. Earl is moving westward near 16 […]

Belize, Mexico and Honduras have issued phase two advisories of an approaching Tropical Storm within the next 48 hours
Late this evening tropical storm Earl is expected to strengthen and possibly become the first hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean as the system nears the coast of Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula by early Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Earl is expected […]

Stores reminded to avoid price gouging
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) warns grocery shop owners that as the public prepares for the oncoming storm, they should not increase the price of goods. In a release by the SCU under the Belize Bureau of Standards, selling priced controlled goods “above the […]

Man drowns in the Macal River in Cayo
Breaking Belize News has just been reliably informed that a man has drowned in the Macal River in the Cayo District. Information is still sketchy but we were made to understand that the victim was crossing the river to go to work when his canoe […]

NEMO Advisory No. 5 Tropical Storm Earl forms East of Belize
NEMO hereby informs that Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Central Caribbean. TS Earl is moving due west at 22 mph with winds of 47 mph. Present location is 16.3 north latitude and 80.2 west longitude. The system is […]

Belize and its poor bourgeoisie
There are people in Belize who really believe they are rich. Rolex, Hummer, Jaguars, BMW, million-dollar mansions, vacation condos, fancy yachts, golf clubs, first-class frequent-flier, you name it…they have it all. Get into an accident on one of our highways and “bam”, they’re poor […]

Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the western Caribbean
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, USA is reporting that Tropical Storm Earl has officially formed in the Caribbean Sea. According to the NHC, the tropical storm is passing south of Jamaica and is moving rapidly westward at about 20 mph toward the […]

Can police be trusted to impartially investigate the beheading murder of Llewellyn Lucas?
Can police be trusted to properly and impartially investigate the beheading murder of Llewellyn Lucas? Some do not think so and have called for an independent investigator to be assigned from outside of Belize. But on Friday Prime Minister Dean Barrow told us that the official […]

Advisory No. 4B Strong Tropical Wave in the Central Caribbean becoming better organized
The National Emergency Management Organization hereby informs that the strong, fast moving tropical wave in the central Caribbean located 150 miles south-southwest of Kingston or some 650 miles east of Belize continues to move westward at about 20 mph. The system […]

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Lord Ashcroft's Belize bank hit by wave of withdrawals
Value of deposits falls by 75% in six months as Belize Bank International gets caught up in US tax-evasion crackdown. An offshore bank owned by Tory donor Lord Ashcroft has closed a large number of customer accounts and faced a wave of withdrawal requests after becoming increasingly caught up in a US tax-evasion crackdown, the Guardian has learned. The value of deposits at Belize Bank International (BBI) shrank by almost three-quarters in the space of just six months, and confidential emails seen by the Guardian suggest some BBI customers have struggled to recover their cash. So stretched is the position that BBI in April told a court in Belize that it could not pay a $3.3m judgment against it without liquid assets falling below the minimum amount required by law.

Our Consumption Of Earth’s Natural Resources Has More Than Tripled In 40 Years
Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet’s natural resources to survive. Yet we’re using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be “irreversibly” depleting some of them - and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. The report from the International Resource Panel, part of the UN Environment Program, said extraction of primary materials has more than tripled in 40 years. Rising consumption driven by a rapidly growing middle class is fueling the rate. In 1970, about 22 billion tons of primary materials were extracted from the Earth. These included metals, fossil fuels like coal, and other natural resources, such as timber and cereals. In 2010, that number had ballooned to 70 billion tons. “The alarming rate at which materials are now being extracted is already having a severe impact on human health and people’s quality of life,” said IRP co-chair Alicia Bárcena Ibarra in a press release about the report, published late last month. “It shows that the prevailing patterns of production and consumption are unsustainable.”

154 Years, 1179 Days: The Long Wait For Gay Rights In Belize
The upcoming verdict of an LGBTQ discrimination case brought against the Attorney General of Belize will help decide whether the nation’s antiquated colonial laws regarding homosexuality may soon be updated. While such laws are generally not enforced, they contain inflammatory and bigoted language that impedes individual freedoms and encourages an intolerant society. The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) condemns these laws and hopes that the verdict of Orozco v. Attorney General of Belize will finally guarantee human rights for members of the country’s LGBTQ community. Though a ruling was expected on July 27, this landmark decision has been delayed until August 10. After three years of uncertainty, anticipation is mounting—significantly, the University of the West Indies keeps a clock on their homepage indicating the number of days since the case’s hearing. As of August 2, this number was 1179. Orozco v. Attorney General of Belize was brought to court in May 2013 by Belizean Caleb Orozco, a gay man, and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), the only gay rights advocacy group in Belize, led by Orozco himself. For years, Orozco has endured being called batiman (literally, “butt man”) and other slurs, and hardly dares to leave his house, which is protected by barred windows and six locks. In 2012, he was hospitalized after being attacked by a passerby who threw a beer bottle at him.

New Mayan Tomb Discovered in Belize Largest Ever
The newest Mayan tomb discovered in Belize is thought to be the largest ever found in the Central American country, providing a unique opportunity for archaeologists to study the ancient civilization. According to The Reporter Newspaper Online, an English language news website located in Belize, the ancient Mayan archaeological site known as Xunantunich, about 80 miles to the west of Belize City, is the location of the new discovery. Dr. Jaime Awe, an archaeologist from Northern Arizona University and native Belizean, led the expedition to excavate the tomb discovered on site. It was found 16 to 26 feet below ground and filled with more than just the accumulated detritus of the centuries. Once they had discovered the tomb, researchers found within it the skeletal remains of someone who is assumed to have been of some importance, with the construction of the tomb such that it is likely a reverent final resting place for a Mayan leader. Archaeologists say the skeleton within was likely male and aged between 20 and 30 years, based on the teeth, the appearance of the skull, and the size of the femurs of the skeleton.

Tomball family hosts baby boy from Belize receiving medical care
Houston is known worldwide for being the premiere location to receive top medical care due to the Texas Medical Center. With the help of an amazing group, HeartGift, one blessed baby boy from Belize was able to receive care and be comforted by a great family in Tomball. Edwin is a 10-month-old from Belmopan City, Belize, who was born with three holes in his heart due to Congenital Heart Disease. His mother Anita says since finding out about her son’s condition, she has been doing her best to have him helped and healed. “I found out when he was two weeks old. The pediatrician that tends to him, she told me there was no one in Belize that helps babies heart problems and we would have to go out of the country .We were admitted that day, and she took us from the hospital by ambulance to Belize City where the cardiologist was. They did an ultrasound on him and they told me he needed operation. If not, he wouldn’t live that much longer.”

Anglers of the Caribbean, Part III: The language of fishing
As chronicled previously in Parts I and II of this column, my wife and I enjoyed an awesome vacation in Belize this summer. It was an unforgettable week filled with snorkeling, sightseeing, tropical adventures and, of course, fishing! We spent part of the trip at Blackbird Caye Resort, a quaint establishment on remote Turneffe Atoll. Blackbird is known for scuba diving and snorkeling, and rightfully so. Turneffe Atoll is situated on the world’s second-largest barrier reef, and the underwater views and ecosystems are unbelievable. The resort didn’t offer a fishing charter, so I brought my own gear and asked around for the inside scoop. During the 90-minute boat ride to the island, I was able to learn what species hung out near the pier and beach. Bonefish, snapper, barracuda, jack, snook and tarpon were on the list. I couldn’t wait to get a line wet. As we approached land, one of the dive masters overheard me talking about fishing. “If you want to catch some fish,” he said, “you need to talk to Rigo.” Rigo — short for Rigoberto — was one of the resort’s groundskeepers. He stood maybe 5-foot-1, with a weathered face that told the tale of many days under the Caribbean sun. It didn’t take long to find Rigo after dinner. Just as his colleagues predicted, he was fishing on the pier.

We Sent a Man to His Death': How the British Army Betrayed Its Own Informant to a Murderous Junta
Using papers found at the UK National Archives, VICE previously revealed the extent of cooperation between British forces and the murderous Guatemalan junta at the height of that country's 36-year long civil war. In 1983, Britain had a garrison of 1,500 soldiers stationed in neighbouring Belize. They were supposedly there to prevent a Guatemalan invasion of the former British colony, but our investigation showed how they ended up helping the regime of former president Rios Montt – currently awaiting trial for genocide – and hunted down Guatemalan rebels sheltering in Belize. They also shared intelligence about rebels with junta officers that had been linked to human rights abuses. Following our investigation, a former Belizean spy who worked with the British has claimed that a rebel informant was handed over to the junta's forces, who later killed him. As the British passed him over, they played a recording of the rebel detailing massacres carried out by the Guatemalan government's forces, something which could have led to the informant's death.


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