Our panel joined us to recount the highlights and low points of the last decade. They talked about everything from social media and technology to the resurgence of African culture and activism, the growth of music and the rise in mental health awareness. They shared their perspectives on how these things reflected locally and the impact to our industries. On our couch: Jackie Castillo -Artist Tomas Gongora - Marketing Consultant Ashton Coleman - Social Media Influencer Bryton Codd - Student Athlete/ Volleyball
Amandala’s front page headlines in review for 2019
When 2018 closed, Belize had recorded 148 murders and instead of a tranquil beginning to the New Year, 2019 began with a grim record of 5 murders, which we reported in our newspaper’s first edition for the New Year, dated January 4, 2019.
The New Year’s murders began in the northern Belize District, in Lucky Strike, when a woodcarver, Howard Coleman, 58, was attacked and stabbed to death in his house. A 24-year-old man, Giovanni Jones, allegedly stabbed Coleman to death in a dispute involving a woman who was staying at Coleman’s house.
In that same week, the body of an unidentified man was found floating in the Belize River, in the vicinity of Blackman Eddy Village, Cayo District. The man’s hands were tied behind his back and a postmortem exam confirmed that he had died from manual strangulation.