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The San Pedro Sun

Belize District tops 2017 Primary School Examinations
After Standard Six students sat through two days of intense Primary School Examinations (PSE) on April 3rd and May 2nd, the Ministry of Education (MOE) issued a press release with the PSE results on Tuesday, June 6th. This year, a total of 7,271 Standard Six students sat the PSE countrywide, testing their knowledge in the four major subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Studies. Topping the country with 387 out of 400 total points was Bernice Yorke’s Curt Smith of the Belize District. With 18 out of the top 25 scorers, the Belize District outperformed the remaining five districts. Orange Walk had four top performers, Corozal and Cayo each had three and Toledo had two, while Stann Creek did not make the 2017 list. As for San Pedro Town, while there were no students in the top 25, there were several students who still did exceptionally well.

Five-a-side Football Tournament: Week 4
The San Pedro Town Council’s Five-a-side Football Tournament continued with several action-packed games from Wednesday, May 31st to Sunday, June 4th. Held at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, large crowds showed up to support their favorite players and teams. On Wednesday, three male division games took place, and saw sweeping victories favoring the most prepared teams. At the end of the first night of games, the results were: Jokers FC 3 vs Tuff Strikers 0, Rough &Tough 2 vs Costa Boys 1, and Los Catrachos FC 2 vs Goliath 2. Games continue this weekend with games starting at 7PM at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th. On Sunday, June 11th, games will resume at 4PM.

7-year-old girl abducted in San Pedro Town
The San Pedro Police Formation is investigating the abduction of a seven year old girl, Hamy Alena Reyes, which apparently took place on Sunday, June 4th. According to the mother of the child, 32-year-old Hade Anaide Chacon, Belizean prep cook from the San Mateo Area, she was informed that the child was taken to Guatemala by her mother, Maria Quixchan, without her permission. Chacon told police that on Saturday, June 3rd about 8PM she dropped off her daughter at her babysitter in San Mateo and went out with a friend. The following day on Sunday about 11AM, she went to the babysitter’s house to pick up her daughter, but was informed that she went to church along with her kids. Chacon decided to wait for her daughter until 12 midday.

Dorian Pakeman freed of criminal charge; offers settlement
In March of 2016, Dorian Pakeman, Director of the Government Press Office, fatally knocked down 45-year-old Dean Dawson. Ten months later, he was charged for ‘death by careless conduct’. During Pakeman’s trial at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, May 25th, Magistrate Sharon Fraser dismissed the case, freeing him of the criminal charge. Despite the findings, Bryan Neal, Pakeman’s attorney, stated to the court that there was insufficient evidence to charge Pakeman. “Any reasonable jury could not have convicted Pakeman. So my submission was not to clog the court system, and just dismiss it, and the magistrate found favor with my submission,” said Neal.

Governor General Welcomes Ambassadors at the Belize House
Belmopan. On June 5th, 2017 at the Belize House, four ambassadors presented their letters of credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young. The ambassadors included H.E. Mr. Daniel Chuburu of Argentina, H.E. Mohamed Chafiki of Morocco, H.E. Zurab Eristavi of Georgia and H.E. Mr. Jorge Roman Morey of Peru.

Peace Corps and Belize Ministry of Education Launch Collaboration to Further Early Child Literacy Initiative; Swear In Four Volunteers
Friday, June 2, four new Peace Corps Response Volunteers were sworn in as Literacy Intervention Specialists to officially begin their close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture in furthering the Ministry’s literacy goals. The Swearing In ceremony was held at the Peace Corps office in Belmopan with Ministry officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Peace Corps staff, host families and Response Volunteers in attendance. Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Mission, Adrienne Galanek, administered the Oath, as these four Volunteers officially joined the ranks of more than 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in Belize since 1962.

Little Angels Preschool present Talent Show
With assistance from their teachers, the young students of Little Angel’s Preschool delighted their parents and many invited guests who attended their annual Talent Show. The fun took place on Saturday, June 1st at the San Pedro Lions Den, where children of various age provided much entertainment through dances, skits, and songs. School Principal Marina Kay welcomed everyone, and introduced a group of students singing a few nursery rhymes, and popular religious songs. A group of little angels joyfully sang about different shapes, the weather, and animals. Afterwards, a ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ skit showcased the students’ acting skills. The audience cheered and applauded the youngsters for their effort. As the event also served as a fundraiser, the gathering contributed as they bought food, drinks, and tombola tickets.

Ambergris Today

Seven Year Old Girl Abducted By Grandmother
Hade Anaide Chacon, 32yrs Belizean Prep Cook of San Mateo Area, San Pedro Town visited the San Pedro Police sub-formation and reported that on Saturday June 3, 2017, about 8:00p.m. she dropped off her seven-year-old daughter Hamy Alena, Reyes Belizean student of Ambergris Elementary School, at her babysitter in the San Mateo area and went out with a friend. As per the Police Report, Hade stated that on Sunday, June 4, 2017, she went to the babysitter's house around 11a.m. to pick up her daughter but was informed that she went to church along with her kids. Hade then decided to wait at the house up until 12:00midday. The babysitter's children arrived at home and she inquired of the whereabout of her daughter. She was reportedly told that “Hamy had gone with her grandmother to her house and did not return to the church or with us”.

Belize To Announces World Oceans Day Activities
In celebration of World Oceans Day 2017, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) is hosting a series of activities on June 8, 2017 at several preschools across Belize City from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With the theme this year, "Our Oceans, Our Future," CZMAI is joining with hundreds of organizations and millions of individuals from around the world who will recognize this special day for ocean awareness and action. The activities will focus on educating Belize's children about the importance of our oceans, seas and other water bodies and what they can do to help to reduce pollution.

Southwest Airlines Begins Daily Flight From Ft. Lauderdale To Belize
On June 4th, Belize welcomed Southwest Airlines’ first daily direct flight from Fort Lauderdale. To mark the occasion, two inaugural ceremonies were held, one in Ft Lauderdale prior to the flight departure and the other in Belize. Speaking at the Ft. Lauderdale ceremony, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation said, “Today marks a new milestone for our country, as we bolster our presence in North America, but also as we fortify our partnership with Southwest Airlines. This new service to Belize is a resounding reaffirmation that Belize continues to be a growing, viable and a must-go destination in the Caribbean and Latin American Travel Market. I am happy to say that we remain committed and today serves as yet another example of how Team Belize is ensuring that our jewel remains accessible to the North American market and beyond.”

Misc Belizean Sources

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Top 25 PSE performers for 2017
Bernice York in Belize City takes coveted top spot snd 6 total in rank. Belize Elementary in Belize City took the second place and had 5 students in the top 25. Punta Gorda Methodist and St Peter Claver from Toledo made the top 25. San Francisco RC, La Immaculada RC and San Estevan RC in Orange Walk made the rank. The Shepherds Academy, Immaculate Conception RC and Howard Smith Nazarene in Cayo had students in the top 25. Mary Hill RC in Corozal had two students in the top 25. Hummingbird Elementary in the Belize District had 3 students in the top 25. All Saints Primary and Ebenezer Methodist in the Belize District also had students in the top 25. The top student for 2017 is Curl Smith. Please see the chart below for details.

PRIMARY SCHOOL EXAMINATION PRELIMINARY RESULTS
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture hereby issues the preliminary results of the 2017 Primary School Examination (PSE) which was administered countrywide on April 3, 2017 and May 2, 2017.Student PopulationA total of 7,271 candidates registered for the PSE of which 7,077 candidates actually sat all parts of the exam this year. Of the registered candidates, 3558 (49.8%) were male and 3585 (50.2%) were female. This year, there were 11 private candidates. PSE numbers for 2017 show that there were 121 less registered candidates than 2016.

Cayo Money Gram robbed
On Monday June 5, 2017 Nely Jimenez, the cashier at Money Gram which is located on the George Price Highway in Santa Elena Town reported that at 2:10 p.m. while she was at her work place, two male persons entered the building to conduct a transaction. However, one walked towards her and pulled out a hand gun pointed at her and then demanded money. She threw some money at him which he took. On making checks it amounted to $1,000 in twenty dollar bills. The two men escaped.

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Xunantunich Ferry Under Repair
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Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute Announces its World Oceans Day 2017 Activities
In celebration of World Oceans Day 2017, Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute (CZMAI) is hosting a series of activities on June 8, 2017 at several preschools across Belize City from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With the theme this year, “Our Oceans, Our Future,” CZMAI is joining with hundreds of organizations and millions of individuals from around the world who will recognize this special day for ocean awareness and action. The activities will focus on educating Belize’s children about the importance of our oceans, seas and other water bodies and what they can do to help to reduce pollution. For more information about Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, please visit https://www.coastalzonebelize.org/

Attention All Importers of Pharmaceuticals
The Office of the Director of Health Services hereby informs that the processing of ALL custom entries for pharmaceutical products, be it over the counter medication, FedEx, Amerijet, prescription medications and others, will now be processed from the Ministry of Health Belize Headquarters located on the Third Floor, East Block Building, City of Belmopan. This transition is expected to commence on July 1st, 2017. Queries in relation to this should be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health.

Launching of the Soca Season
June 17!! Flavaz entertainment is bringing to you the launching of the soca season at the Itvet grounds. Performances by Belize's best soca entertainers, the Pantempers and all the way from Barbados HYPASOUNDS. Saturday, June 17 at 1 PM, Belize City.

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES
The cost of crime to our society - Belize does not have a specific policy or program evaluation to estimate the actual cost that crime has been having on our communities. Estimating the economic cost associated with individual crimes and losses associated with criminal activity is essential. We know that past crimes have put such a tremendous burden and cost to certain families and friends of fallen victims in Corozal. For all of us that live in Corozal and have been on the edge for the past month in regards with two cases bearing so much similarities, except that in the recent case there has been no bodies recovered; crime does not only affect one sector of our community or one ethnic group in Corozal, so it is very important that we ALL (not excluding anyone) participate and provide some level of consideration and help when it is asked for and requested, certainly in these dire and sad circumstances.

The sedimentation occurring due to illegal gold panning is choking the Chiquibul headwater streams
Quantifying the damage is difficult. More attention and action is needed to address this problem.

This is about Big Red and Rosey the Scarlet Macaws
It's going to be a long post since I am putting together the facts such as I know them from reading all I could. I also want to state that I have no horse in this race. At the end of May Big Red and Rosey, both wild born Belizean Scarlet Macaws, were whisked off to life in captivity on Harvest Caye. Harvest Caye (HC) is the custom built Caye for Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) , depicting “live” in Belize but basically designed to keep cruise ship travelers on the island and from spending their money in the real Belize. So you may not be too ticked off about a couple of birds going off to the island to amuse tourists. Rosey is not releasable and Big Red may or may not be releasable. We don't know if he is releasable because no testing has ever been done before he was taken with minimal notice from Belize Bird Rescue where he was groomed for release back into the wild. My question is why was he not tested by the Forest Department? And how can anybody condemn a bird to captivity without being sure he was not releasable?

BELIZE ZOO CAMP 2017
Applications for TBZ's annual Conservation Camp are now being accepted. Young Belizean's ages 12-17 are invited to apply for this Summer's session being held at the Tropical Education Center from July 3rd-7th. How to apply: Send us a short essay describing an environmental issue affecting your community. district, or Belize in general that is of concern to YOU. Why is it a problem, and how would you go about solving it? Entries must include: name, age, school, community, and phone number.

Free Corrective Surgery
A team of 30 medical volunteers, led by Dr. Jordi Espel, who currently practices in Mexico, will be at the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk from June 9-12, 2017 to conduct free Corrective Surgery. Take advantage and visit the hospital for evaluation day on June 9, 2017. LEAP Global Missions Orange Walk, Orange Walk, Belize Nothern Regional Hospital

National Song Competition 2017!
Each year, the National Celebrations Commission strives to highlight Belize’s rich and unique cultural heritage through the numerous events held to commemorate our national celebrations. One such event is the National Song Competition which was created to provide professional and amateur musicians with the opportunity to create and showcase their original pieces. The goal of the competition is to promote artistic expression, national pride and Belize’s diverse culture.

Caye Caulker Palapa Gardens
June 30 – July 2. Caye Caulker.

U.S. Embassy and Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize Task Force Jaguar leadership recently met with the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House
The U.S. officials were honored to update the Governor General on the Beyond the Horizon 2017 medical events and construction projects as well as the Embassy’s various cultural and educational initiatives.

Channel 7

Soca Queen Ernestine's Brother Killed
A church man was gunned down and killed in the city early this morning. 27 year old Jerson Carballo was heading home on his bicycle when a gunman opened fire on him. Carballo was struck to the head, chest and back. His is the brother of Belize's Soca Queen Ernestine Carballo . She and her family couldn't believe that their loved one who was known to live a Christian life was executed near their home. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Two of Jerson Carballo's favorite things were his gospel reggae selections and his bible. Cyril Pitterson "Reality Youth", Friend: "He was a very positive young man, he was a man that always trying to strive to do the right thing, stay out of trouble and I know him as person who always trying to encourage other people like other young guys like him to follow Jesus and do the right thing."

Corozal Couple Still Missing
Last night, our headline story was the couple from Corozal who went missing since last week Thursday. Their families have been frantically searching for them ever since, and today, they completed day 5, with absolutely no results. As we told you, 32 year-old Zeidy Orozco, a resident of San Andres Village, and her 41 year-old Ranchito Village boyfriend, Baltazar Lopez, went missing on last Thursday night. On Friday, the following day, the cops found her burnt Chevy Prism car in a very remote location off the road linking Patchakan and Yo Chen Villages. It had been set on fire by someone who was trying to make it very difficult to find.

Morality Commission Stumbles After Two Bishops Withdraw
The Church State Commission on Public Morality was formed in September of 2016, and the churches are expected to present their position paper to the Government later this week. But, sources tell us that all is not well on the Church side of the Commission. That's because both the President of the Council of Churches, who is Bishop Roosevelt Papouloute, and the representative of the Anglican Church, Bishop Phillip Wright, have withdrawn from the church group. While no official explanation has been given, sources close to us suggest that the Bishops felt that the views of their churches were not being adequately represented in the final position paper. And so, rather than be an under-represented minority in positions they did not support, the two decided to step back.

Opp. Leader Briceno Gets Free Of Charges
In February of 2014, opposition leader John Briceno was criminally charged for a trio of traffic offences - after Gaspar Vega's driver, Chris Hendricks accused him of driving over his foot. Briceno was charged for negligent harm, failed to report an accident, and drove vehicle without due care and attention. From the outset Briceno maintained the charges were made up - as a form of political harassment. Well, tonight, he's clear of those charges because the case was thrown out of court. Hendricks didn't appear and police had no witnesses - so the magistrate threw the case out.

PSE Results Dismal In Math and Science
The results for the Primary School Examinations are in, and they continue to show that hundreds of Standard 6 students are failing. Right now, the Ministry of Education is preparing detailed reports for each of the more than 7,000 candidates who sat the exams, but, they already know how these children performed on the exams. Of the 7,077 students who completed the English exam, 1,826 - or one quarter of the test takers - failed, meaning they got an "E", or a percentage score of 49% or lower. The average test scores for this year are marginally up by 0.1 percent, but overall, they are similar to the other average scores for the past 10 years. In Math, where there was the poorest performance, 3,451 candidates - or about half of the test-takers - failed. The Ministry says that immediate remedial actions will be taken following this outturn. The 10-year trends show that the average score for math remains around 51%.

Rapist's Conviction Overturned, Gets Retrial
36 year-old Antonio Gutierrez, who had been serving 8 years in jail for a rape conviction, is home tonight, after he successfully appealed his conviction at the Court of Appeal which has ordered a retrial. Gutierrez was convicted back in May of last year in the northern session of the Supreme Court. Justice Herbert Lord presided over a trial in which the complainant was a 16 year-old. She testified in the trial that on August 12, 2011, at a street corner in Orange Walk Town, Gutierrez raped her.

Western Union Robbers Got One Grand
Tonight more is known about that Western Union robbery in Santa Elena, Cayo. As we showed you, two men in shorts and t shirts casually strolled into the office. Police say that they entered at 2:10 PM, and made it seem like they wanted to conduct a transaction. But things quickly changed course when one of them walked towards 30 year old clerk Nely Jimenez, pulled out a hand gun, pointed it at her and then demanded money. Fearing for her life, she picked up a stack of fifty 20 dollar notes and threw it at him. that's a thousand dollars and the men then walked out just like they had come in - except the one int he orange shirt, was in a half run. They left on foot, walking across the street like they were just regular folks, not gun wielding robbers. Cayo Police have this video but need your help to identify the men. So if you know who they are, please call Cayo police.

Boom Residents Bex With Bradley's Boatyard
Since May, we've been following the story of Bradley's Boat Yard, which recently moved to Burrell Boom. Some residents don't like it - and that became apparent when two of Bradley's boats were set on fire a few weeks ago. Well, today the residents of Burrell Boom held a press conference to clear things up, and tell the public where they stand on the issue... Two weeks ago Steve Bradley of Bradley's Boat Yard was the victim of arson, which resulted in severe damage to two of his most used boat moulds. When we spoke to Bradley after the incident he told us that he suspected foul play by one of residents of the area, who have been in opposition to the business relocating there. Well today some of the residents of Burrell Boom, specifically an association named the Burrell Boom Protectors, held a press conference condemning the act, but also to voice their concerns about having the boat yard so near to where they live…

Guatemalan Grandma Accused of Abduction
A seven year old San Pedro resident is missing after being allegedly abducted by her grandmother. Hade Anaide Chacon dropped her 7 year old, Hamy Alena Reyes, at her babysitter's house on Saturday night before going out. On Sunday morning at around 11:00, Chacon, went to go pick Hamy up, but was told that she had gone to church with the sitter and her children. Chacon waited at the house for another hour until the other children returned. They told her that Hamy had gone with her grandmother. Chacon continued to wait until about 5:00 in the evening, and then went to her sister's house where her mother, Maria Quixchan, was staying. But when she got there, her sister told her that Quixchan took Hamy with her to Guatemala earlier that morning. She did not give her mother permission to take Hamy out of the country. Chacon suspects that her daughter is in San Andres Peten, Guatemala, where her mother is presently living.

Coast Guard Catches Cocaine
Also in San Pedro, last night at around 7:30, the Belize Coast Guard was patrolling the lagoon area west of San Pedro. They saw a small vessel exiting one of the channels and signaled it to stop. But, the vessel sped away instead, and the Coast Guard set chase. They eventually caught up with the small boat, and found San Pedro resident, Jaime Young carrying a knapsack. Inside, the Coast Guard found 2.9 grams of cocaine in two transparent plastic bags. Young was taken to the San Pedro Police Station where he was charged with drug trafficking.

Furious Infighting In FFB In Advance of Election
Elections for a new FFB president are coming up later this month - but a rash of infighting has broken out and there's fierce jostling for control of the country's most powerful sports federation. 7News has seen a flurry letters alleging corruption, bribery and other offenses in a bid to keep one candidate out. Additionally, three would-be candidates have been barred from running. And, now, even the sports council has gotten involved to caution the FFB about heavy handed tactics. The strongest letter is dated May 26th., and in it, the General Secretary of the Federation Michael Blease accuses Sergio Chuc - who was running for president and vice president - of bribery, conflict of interest, offer and acceptance of gifts, and corruption, quote, "all with the end of having the election swayed in your favor," end quote.

Paddlers Proud With Third
Today the six paddlers that represented Belize in the Puerto Rico Olympic Cup kayaking event returned. The delegation spent the last week racing against paddlers from around the region, and despite not having as much training as most of the competition, they managed to come home with a bronze medal. We spoke to members of the team when they came back, and they told us about the experience and their hopes for the next competition... The Belize Canoe Association expects the donation of four Olympic Grade kayaks to increase the team's chances of pulling out a win in next year's Cup.

Belize and US Collaborate on Education
The US may be sending all kinds of signals with the Edmond Castro visa revocation and the John Saldivar humiliation, but on the surface, harmonious Belize - US relations continue. And that's why 4 Peace Corp Volunteers will be helping the Ministry of Education with their literacy initiative. These volunteers or Literacy Intervention Specialists as they are called, will spend the next 6 months focusing on programs that will promote and enhance the effectiveness of the nationwide literacy initiative in Belize. Chief Education Officer, Dr. Carol Babb highlighted in the release that "This collaboration represents the culmination of more than two years of planning and preparation".

Remember the Flowers Bank Fourteen
Last night we told you about Burrell Boom day - which celebrated the history of that river valley village. Well, down the road a bit, in Flowers Bank, they were also celebrating. But it wasn't just the village, they were celebrating the men history recorded as the "Flowers Bank Negroes" - 14 free black men who - legend has it - cast the deciding votes in the June first, 1797 public meeting to decide whether to run or to defend the colony. In this 9th annual Flowers Bank Festival - colonial historian Fred Hunter underscored the importance of that decision:

Hon. Aragon Touring
Police Minister of State Elodio Aragon continued his tour of Police Formations last week Thursday in Corozal. They toured the Police Station in Corozal Town and witnessed a guard of honor. It continued from there to several police sub-stations in the district, first to Patchakan and San Narciso, the latter of which was found to be uninhabitable because bats and pigeons had taken over the building. From there they finished up in Caledonia Village. The tour continues this week in Cayo.

Channel 5

Jerson Carballo Attacked on Way Home
In the Saint Martin De Porres area of the city on Monday night, the life of Jerson Carballo was snuffed out and police have no motive or suspect. Carballo had [...]

Man’s Body Found in Corozal
Around seven this morning, a body was found under a tree next to the basketball court and football field in the village of San Narciso in the Corozal District. It [...]

Couple Still Missing; Has The Worst Happened?
Also up north in Corozal, the search continues for a couple who has been missing since Thursday.  Thirty-four-year-old Zeidy Orozco and forty-two-year-old Balthazar Lopez were last seen in the vicinity [...]

Did Government Pay Footballers with B.D.F. Money?
The Belize Defence Force is under fire tonight. News Five has obtained documents showing invoices for fifty thousand dollars worth of payments of allowances made to members of the team [...]

Guatemalan Grandmother Kidnapped San Pedro Girl
A seven-year-old girl has reportedly been abducted by her grandmother and is believed to have been taken from her hometown in San Pedro across the border to neighboring Guatemala.  Hamy [...]

D.P.P. on Pakeman: Botched Investigation; Premature Dismissal of Charges
In a surprise statement, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has made scathing remarks against those who mismanaged the investigation of Dorian Pakeman, the Director of the Government Press [...]

Curt Smith, Bernice Yorke’s and Belize’s Best in P.S.E.
Students are breathing a sigh of relief tonight, following the release of this year’s P.S.E. results. Seven thousand two hundred and seventy one students registered for the exam that assesses [...]

Corozal’s Mary Hill, Methodist Schools Also Celebrating
Most top scorers in the P.S.E. are from the City, but while on assignment in Corozal, we dropped by the Mary Hill Primary School where there was reason to celebrate. [...]

Results Still Average; Slight Improvement for Math, English
Earlier you saw some of the top performers from twenty five highest overall marks – but they represent just a fraction of the seven thousand plus students who sat the [...]

Traffic Charges Dropped Against John Briceño
P.U.P. leader John Briceño saw charges of Negligent Harm, Failure to Report an Accident and Driving a Vehicle without Due Care and Attention tossed out of the Orange Walk Magistrate’s [...]

Is Expense Bill for B.T.L. Settlement Too High?
As much as one hundred and thirty million U.S. dollars is being sought by the former owners of Belize Telemedia Limited from the Dean Barrow administration. It is the final [...]

Why Did P.M. Sign Agreement?
The Government and particularly the Prime Minister have in the past tried to shove off at least part of the responsibility for the B.T.L. debacle to the shoulders of the [...]

Briceño Warns ‘Sticker Shock’ Coming for Belize’s Economy
There is also the question of economic shock caused by the B.T.L. payments. The Government recently re-negotiated the Superbond, but has accumulated close to a hundred million dollars in debt [...]

Accused Sex Offender Gets New Trial
A Corozal Free Zone employee who in August 2011 was accused of raping a sixteen-year-old minor has been granted a retrial. Thirty-six-year-old Antonio Gutierrez was convicted of raping the minor [...]

Osmar Sabido, Not Oscar
And on a matter of clarification, Osmar Sabido Junior was sentenced to twenty-one years for killing his common-law wife, Christie Carrasco. Sabido Junior is from Orange Walk and is not [...]

Burrell Boom Continues Battle Against Boat Yard
As we reported on Monday, residents of Burrell Boom village are up in arms that Bradley’s Boat Yard is relocating within their village, introducing them to a potentially cancerous future [...]

B.D.F. Chasing Suspected Guatemalan Incursions
It has now been a month since it was reported that the villages of Otoxha and San Benito Poite have been facing a takeover of acres of territory by Guatemalan [...]

Training in Results-Based Management for SDG Reports
Forty representatives from multiple Ministries are doing a three-day training under the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The participants are doing the training in results based management [...]

Bandits Vs Walter Ferretti in New CONCACAF Club League
In sporting news, there was a victory parade on Monday night in Belmopan for the national football and basketball champions, Belmopan Bandits, owned by Minister John Saldivar.  The matter of [...]

Kaina Says No to B.A.A., Forever
Last week, News Five spoke one-on-one with Kaina Martinez, Olympian sprinter turned All-American at Texas A and M University-Kingsville.  After completing her college track career with good performances in the [...]

CTV3

Man Found Dead In San Narciso Community Park
This morning Corozal Police were called out to San Narciso Village in response to a report that the body of a male individual believed to be in his 40s was seen lying motionless under a tree in the community park. The authorities arrived and transported the body to the Corozal Community Hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival. Our investigations indicate that the individual has been living in the community for many years, but without any family or home, and as a result of alcohol abuse, he has been sleeping around the community park. This morning his friends became startled when not only was he lying motionless, but they also noticed blood was oozing from his eyes. We met one of his friends who socializes at the park. He told us when he last saw the individual identified as Ramon Rejon alive.

Search For Missing Corozal Couple Intensifies
The search for missing persons 32 year old Zeidy Orosco and 42 year old Baltazar Lopez continued for a fourth day today with no success. The couple vanished into thin air on the night of Thursday June 1st, last seen by a Police officer along the sea side area along the entrance to Corozal Town. On Friday, Orosco’s vehicle which she was using on the night she went missing, was found burnt down and abandoned in a private cane field in the outskirts of Patchakan Village.

Opposition Leader Chides On PM For Rising Cost For BTL Settlement Agreement
On June 1st, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that the legal battles and mounting legal costs in relation to the disputes over the Barrow Administration’s 2015 settlement agreement with the Ashcroft Alliance over the Government’s takeover of Belize Telemedia Limited had not come to an end. Barrow confirmed reports that Ashcroft group was challenging the amount which the Government will be paying them as legal cost compensation and so the parties would head to the Caribbean Court of Justice. Today Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno decried the heavy costing which the entire fiasco has been to the country.

Charges Against Opposition Leader Dismissed
On February 4th 2015 the leader of the People’s United Party, Honorable John Briceno was charged for Negligent Harm, Failure to Report an Accident and Driving a Vehicle Without Due Care and Attention resulting from allegations made by Christopher Hendricks, the driver of former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. That case went back to the Orange Walk Magistrates Court today and was thrown out by Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. According to the court file the prosecution’s witnesses did not appear in court much less the claimant and as such Chief Magistrate Smith dismissed the charges against Briceno.

Suicide In Orange Walk?
One Orange Walk resident is tonight dead following what police have classified as a suicide by shooting. While reports are still sketchy, CTV3 news understands that just before nine o’clock this morning, 33 year old Roberto Carballo of Santa Elena Street shot himself once to the head using a shotgun. The incident allegedly occurred in the backyard of his family home. The reasons behind the shooting has not yet been ascertained and police have ruled the incident a suicide pending a postmortem on the body.

DPP Speaks on Dorian Pakeman's Case
The Director of Public Prosecutions has commented on the decision of Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer to withdraw charges of causing death by careless conduct against Government Press Office Director, Dorian Pakeman. At the preliminary inquiry on Friday May 26th, the Court found that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case. This is after the common-law-wife of forty-five-year-old Dean Dawson, a resident of Gardenia Village who was killed in March of last year during the accident involving Pakeman sent a letter to the DPP informing that she did not want the case to proceed. That’s because she and Pakeman had settled out of court and she received compensation of 45 thousand dollars. Speaking with the Amandala newspaper last Friday, DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal stated that her office was not informed - as required - that the defense intended to make submissions of no evidence.

Bomb Threat Interrupts Buisness At The Belize Bank O/W Branch
Just after lunch time today, Belize Bank Limited located on Main Street here in Orange Walk Town was compelled to close its doors to the public after receiving threats of a bomb planted inside the building. Reports indicate that after receiving the threat shortly after 1:00 p.m., police were notified about the situation and headed out to assist in securing the immediate area. The administration and staff of the bank as well as its customers were then evacuated from the building while La Inmaculada Roman Catholic School which is situated only a stone’s throw away from the bank, also closed its doors and immediately dismissed all students for security purposes.