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Kim Simplis Barrow participates in the First Ladies High Level Forum
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow the Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, had the honour of being a speaker at the First Ladies High Level Forum a side event held within the margins of the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 23rd, 2014 in New York. The event was hosted by the Africana Women Working Group at the UN and supported by the Nigerian Consulate General in New York, the United Nations Population Fund, the Jewelry Institute of America and the Joint Office for the Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations.
Caribbean Export awards over $200K USD to agro-processing companies across the region
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) announces the awarding of over $255,000 USD or €197, 000 in financial assistance to CARIFORUM agro- processing firms as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
“It is of paramount importance that food producers are able to compete on a global scale. This can only be achieved through meeting the stringent regulatory or certification needs for international food safety. The allocation of these funds will help these businesses in the first instance to get them export ready or be able to increase their exports to new markets. This is the boost that the sector in the region needs.” expressed Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the Agency.
The Agro-processing sector within the Caribbean is relatively fragmented and underdeveloped, comprising mainly of small and medium sized enterprises involved in the processing of traditional agricultural products for domestic use and export. There are a number of competitive constraints that currently hinder the expansion of the agro- processing sector, one of which is food safety requirements.
Island PUP celebrates National Service Day
As part of National Service Day, the Belize Rural South (BRS) People’s United Party (PUP) held several activities to commemorate the Father of Our Nation, Right Honorable George Cadle Price. Throughout Friday, September 19th party members participated in several community service activities including a beach clean-up, town upkeep and visiting the elderly. Later in the evening, a procession was held. Party members departed from the BRS PUP office with candles, flags and George Cadle Price portraits on hand as they made their way across town core to the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church. Immediately after the procession, a mass of thanksgiving was held.
Trinidad Entertainer Machel Montano is One with Belize
Machel Montano, Trinidadian soca singer, record producer and songwriter, was in Belize from September 17 to September 22 as the Headliner for Belize’s first ever Soca and Jazz Festival. The festival proved to be one of the most attended events in Belize. Machel proved to be a huge hit during the festival; one to remember.
During his stay in Belize Machel had the opportunity to visit many popular spots of the country and he was very happy to share pictures and videos on is Instagram account. He obviously had a great time and Belize made a big impact on him. Tour company Chukka Belize assisted the organizers with sponsorship of transfers and tours for Machel and his group.
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COASTAL AWARENESS WEEK 2014
The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) will be hosting Coastal Awareness Week 2014 under the theme, “Planned Development Today for a Sustainable Coast Tomorrow” to be held September 29th 2014 to October 3rd 2014. CZMAI would like to extend a cordial invitation to you for your attendance and coverage of our official opening ceremony as well as the activities listed in our schedule of events.
FIU is demanding that you re-register any accounts that do international business!
FIU is demanding that you re-register any accounts that do international business! That includes resorts. Just found out that one of our accounts was closed even thou it was already registered with the FIU TWO damned years ago! No warning from bank or FIU! Is this fall out from this???? F S ! Jump through all the hoops, obey by the laws, pay taxes and now this? Hell our business was even recommended to the international financiers!
Compiled by Abdulmajeed K. Nunez. Violence cannot be stopped by locking people up
That’s government chickening out and passing the buck
Violence is a behaviour, so we need to know our triggers
We need to change our economic behaviour
In order to change our political behaviour
And when those are changed then we will see progression
Dr Omar explained that violence is and outward manifestation
Of pain, anger, misery, frustrations, feeling of abandonment and hopelessness and trauma
Will Smith has a saying that “Black people
Are the only people that spend money they don’t have
First Ladies High Level Forum
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow participates in the First Ladies High Level Forum at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly: “Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health”
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow the Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, had the honour of being a speaker at the First Ladies High Level Forum a side event held within the margins of the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 23rd, 2014 in New York. The event was hosted by the Africana Women Working Group at the UN and supported by the Nigerian Consulate General in New York, the United Nations Population Fund, the Jewelry Institute of America and the Joint Office for the Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations. (4 photos)
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Man Charged For Brazen City Murder
On June 13th, Tulio Pinelo Caceres was shot down and killed at the entrance of Pink’s Alley – right in front of city hall and right across from St. Mary’s Primary School. It happened in broad daylight – and its brazen-ness stunned even those city residents accustomed to violent crime. At the time, it was seen as a gang related hit since Caceres was from Taylor’s Alley, a known gang neighborhood. And now, police have charged the man who they believe did it. He is Keyron Gibson, a 22 year old from Lord’s Bank. Gibson spent the long weekend in lockdown, and after three nights, he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith in Court #1. He was read a single charge of murder and no plea was taken since it is an indictable offenses. He was remanded to jail until November 11, 2014. Caceres would have been a key witness in the murder trial for Dale Tillett which was held in July.
Junior Heredia Has a "Plan B" For "Zone F"
A week ago, we told you about the land and conservation dispute on San Pedro. The issue involved a housing project, which the Area Representative Manuel Junior Heredia intended to put in an area set aside as a Wetland Reserve, one which was never formally recognized by the Government. As we told you, this wetland area, which features mangrove forests and a sprawling lagoon, was supposed to be part of Zone F expansion for the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The plans were drafted up, and funding was already secured, but, supposedly because of Government red tape, the reserve was never signed into law by a statutory instrument. The environmentalists who have been following the project closely soon unearthed a planned housing area in part of the wetland reserve known as Sunset Cove. A survey was already commissioned, and the lagoon was parceled off, but the environmentalists sounded the alarm.
Valley Of Peace Farmers Reach Accommodation With Multinational
Six months ago, we first told you about the dispute in Valley of Peace village in the Cayo District after 31 small farmers went head to head with the multinational, Green Tropics Limited. The farmers complained that Green Tropics sprayed herbicides on their crops from a crop duster. They claimed that the company damaged over a hundred thousand dollars worth of their crops, which they wanted compensation for. Green Tropics countered that these farmers were squatting on the company's land, and so, the dispute had to be settled by the attorneys for both sides or it would end up in a drawn out legal battle. Well, the news tonight is after months of negotiation, both sides have arrived at settlement believed to mutually beneficial. This morning, we spoke with the attorney for the farmers, and he told us what that resolution is:
Another Teenager Charged For Unitedville Murder
In August we told you about the murder of 34 year old father of 7, Victor Vargas. It happened in Unitedville village and police charged 19 year old Joseph Vacarro a few days later. And now they have charged another teenager; he is 19 year old Steven Gomez and he was arraigned for murder today. He was remanded to prison and the matter was adjourned to 2nd November, 2014. The two teenagers allegedly got into a fight with Vargas; one of them held him, and the other stabbed him in the throat.
Bar President Takes On AG
On Friday September 5th, Government introduced the Legal Profession Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives. As we’ve told you this bill makes it so that a lawyer no longer has to be a member of, or pay fees to the Bar Association. It also appoints the Chief Justice as Chairman of the General Legal Council, taking the place of the Attorney General. Those goals seem simple enough – but the legislation, perhaps predictably, has run afoul of the Bar Association. The Association has compiled and submitted its many complaints about the Bill to the House Constitution and Foreign Affairs committee which was supposed to meet yesterday, but didn’t. Today we did get to speak to the President the Bar about it. He stressed that the views he was expressing were his own and not necessarily those of the Bar Association:…
Former Bar President Says Compulsory Bar Membership Not Unconstitutional
The Prime Minister – who said he will definitely not renew his membership in the Bar association has told the media that under the constitutional provision for freedom of association, compulsory membership in the bar most likely cannot b enforced. But Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck told us that in the research done so far, there is no precedent which says that compulsory membership is unconstitutional:
Andrew Marshalleck - Former President/Current Member, Bar Association
"The doing away of compulsory membership is presumably being done on the basis that compulsory membership is unconstitutional. This is an issue that the bar has studied and has actually commissioned a legal opinion from and the conclusion is that it's not unconstitutional. So the need for the change starts from the wrong place. There is nothing that anybody can point to no decision in this region or decision of any court which demonstrates they compulsory membership in the bar association as presently provided by the legal provision act.”
Bail Hearing For Bahamians Deferred
Bahamian Offshore Bankers Levin Leach and Rohn Knowles have been in jail pending an extradition request since September 15th. Today, their attorneys Eamon Courtenay and Godfrey Smith went to the Supreme Court to try and get bail for the principals of the now defunct Titan Securities. They appeared before Justice Denis Hannomansingh in a courtroom filled with their family members and media. Everyone was there except Leach and Knowles. It seems the paperwork hadn’t been put together to get them to the city for their bail hearing. Their attorneys explained the snafu and why they think their clients qualify for bail:…
Godfrey Smith, Attorney
"There were informed that neither of the two gentlemen have been brought down from Kolbe Facility and in addition to that the other side asked for more time to be able to respond to our written submissions. The position is the matter is adjourned until Monday, the 29th of next week."
"At this point has an extradition request been formally entered requesting your clients?"
DOE Says Water Taxi Did Not Hit Reef
Yesterday we told you about the San Pedro Water Taxi boat accident near an area called Coral Gardens. Well, we spoke to Kein Marin from the San Pedro Water Taxi today and he confirmed that it was a combination of inclement weather conditions and navigational issues that caused the crash. Apparently, the GPS failed and the boat captain had low visibility as result of the rain. It was also reported by the Department of Environment that the boat crashed into a rock, and not the Coral Gardens Reef area. They say the rock was miles away from the reef and the reef was not damaged. The company says it has taken drastic measures to ensure the safety of the passengers.
The Port, The Pacora and Merchants
And while the Port Authority is dealing with that matter, the private Port of Belize is dealing with angry importers who were stopped from clearing their containers yesterday. And it’s because the Port has a dispute with one major shipping agency which has arrears – reportedly into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s the agent responsible for the CFS Pacora, which arrived two days ago loaded with 183 containers for various agencies and importers. But because of the arrears – the Port of Belize brought down the hammer and would not let any containers out of its compound even if they had been taken off the vessel and cleared customs. Today, Arturo Tux Vasquez, the CEO of the Port of Belize told us that they have reached an accommodation with Belize Shipping Agency and they are gradually allowing the containers to be released.
San Pedro Police Make Major Weed Find
San Pedro Police found one and a half pounds of weed in the Boca Del Rio Area of the island town. Today at around the 2:15, a team of San Pedro police comprising of Special Branch and the Quick Response Team searched an abandoned swampy lot and found a black plastic bag with the 1.4 pounds of weed. Island police say that a Hispanic man from the area found the drugs 15 miles north of the town, in the Bacalar Chico area and it is believed to have originated in Mexico. But the man wasn’t in the area today and no arrest was made.
FFB President Discusses Team Failures In Nation's Cup
Two weeks ago, we told you about the dismal performance of the Belize National Team at the 2014 Copa Centroamericana. There were high expectations that the team was going to perform much better this time around, given that they had placed fourth in this tournament in 2013. But this time around, the Jaguars came in 7th out of 7, last place. Upon return, the players told us that their poor performance was foretold because the Football Federation of Belize did not call the entire team for preparation until a little over a month before, and the Head Coach, Leroy Sherrier, was not retained until 3 weeks before. Everyone involved blamed the executives of the FFB for this foul-up, but the media didn't get a chance to speak with the President to hear his side. Well, he returned to the country on last week Friday, and we caught up with him on Saturday. Daniel Ortiz asked him to explain why the team was organized at the very last minute:
Ruperto Vicente, President FFB
“What may have effected the players is the players went into this tournament expecting the same performance they did in the last central american cup. We have to understand going into these tournaments that we have to go in a lot more prepared mentally because we will not be looked upon as the underdogs as before, so we have to prepare more. What I can say though, is that our team performed admirably and they performed better than they did the last time around. According to the studies done that our team is the most improved team of the tournament. While Salvador came out as the youngest national team, our team came out as the most improved team”
Prison CEO Jones Moves On
Prison CEO Earl Jones, who had been at the Kolbe Foundation for over 4 years, has resigned from his post; his departure was effective last week Friday, September 19. Jones is currently out of the country, so, we couldn't reach him for comment. The Board of the Kolbe Foundation released a statement yesterday in which they offered an explanation. It says quote, "Citing personal reasons for this decision, Mr. Jones thanked the Board for the opportunity to have served, and offered to continue to advise the organization during the transition." End quote. He is recognized as one of the facility's leaders where "tremendous progress" has been made, but now the Prison is moving forward with the process of choosing a new CEO. In the interim, Virgilio Murillo will be the acting CEO. Jones reportedly had a difference of opinion with the Board over plans moving forward.
Two More Men For Gang Membership
Last night, we told you about the gang crackdown in which 7 men were arraigned for various offences, which tied them to the criminal gangs in Belize City. Well, yesterday, there were 2 other men, who we didn't tell you about that were arraigned on similar charges. Those men, 24 year-old Alexander Underwood and 26 Wababa Norales, are at prison tonight because Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart denied them bail on the charge of professing to be a member of a criminal gang. They are known to be linked with the gang known as SSG. Their attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd told the court that both men were picked up from their homes by the GSU, and they were told that they were being detained for crime prevention.
A Sprucing Up For Xunantunich
Xunantunich in San Jose Succotz, Cayo is one of the most towering, iconic and often visited mayan sites in Belize. And while it has been upkept and refurbished over the years, the site still needs work. And today that came in the form of a fifty five thousand US dollar grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. It was awarded to the Institute of Archaeology to restore the Site. Director, Dr. John Morris discussed the details of the project.
Dr. John Morris, Director, Institute of Archaeology
"The Benque archaeological is a small to medium centre that is located within the confines of the town of Benque Veijo Del Carmen but it is actually a suburb of the main side of Xunantunich. It was discovered back in the 1930's and since then the town has grew and has encroached upon the land that are apart of the archaeological site.
Revisiting Winston and Busta
And while on the subject of iconic Mayan temples, we dug into our archives yesterday to find footage of Wilhelm Busta Leslie – The Rockstone Pond Villager who along with his buddy Winston found the legendary Jade Head at Altun Ha in 1968. Almost ten years ago, we went back to Altun Ha with them to relive the glory of their discovery, and reminisce about the legendary dig led by Dr. David Pendergast:…
Jules Vasquez Reporting
Little do we know how much we owe to the hard headed and stick to it I've-ness of two boys from Rockstone Pond. Walking into the main plaza at Altun Ha you might think these two men - both residents of the adjacent village of Rockstone Pond were accidental tourists. But in fact even as tourists and tour guides walk past them without even a second glance, Winston Butler and Wilhelm "Buster" Herbert are pivotal, central figures in the history of Altun Ha, the site that draws all these visitors. But these men are not even footnotes in the storied and gloried history of Belize's most visited Maya site. In fact they are forgotten, and now they want recognition.
Hon. Francis Uncomfortable But Not Completely Opposed To NICH Project
And keeping it on the subject of culture, last week Friday we asked Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca to state his position on the so – called Colonial Museum that Tourism Minister Manuel Herredia announced on the Tenth of September. Artist and former NICH President Yasser Musa called it quote, “retrograde, racist and disturbing.” He called on the opposition to reject the project. But when we spoke to Fonseca last week he supported Musa, but didn’t reject the project:…
Francis Fonseca, Leader of Opposition
“I completely agree with Yasir, it’s a fool hardy decision. I have not obviously been briefed on the project by the government or by the ministry of tourism or culture but certainly I know as a former minister of culture that is not the direction in which we wanted to take culture. So we don’t support that project at all but we have to hear more about it and I’m prepared to hear more about it before offering any further criticism of the project.”
A Special Sign
A week ago, we told you about the newly mounted Belize Sign at the Seashore Children's Park in Buttonwood Bay. It's the brainchild of attorney Estevan Perrera who lives in the area, and it was officially recognized by the Belize City Council – and, for that matter, Soca artist Machel Montano who did his pose at the site. Well now, the BTB has decided to give it's endorsement of the sign, and today, the Minister of Tourism held a ceremony with Perrera. Now, he didn’t get up on it like Machel but he told us that one of the reasons for embracing it is that the sign is in the official BTB colors:
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism
"Today we are here to witness the unveiling of this beautiful sign that showcases our beautiful Belize. If you see the colours it well reflect the logo of BTB and BTB is an institution of tourism but this park is a little different.
Bail Hearings for Bahamian Nationals Adjourned
Incarcerated stockbrokers, Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, were scheduled to appear in Supreme Court this morning where bail applications were to have been made before Justice Denis Hanomansingh. But there [...]
AG Says U.S. Made Extradition Request…Attorneys Say No
But last week, contrary to what Smith says, in an exclusive interview with News Five, Attorney General Wilfred Elrington acknowledged that there is indeed a request being made by U.S. [...]
Attorney Andrew Marshalleck Speaks On Legal Profession Amendments
It has long been spoken of by Attorney-General Wilfred Elrington, but on September fifth, government finally moved to amend the Legal Profession Act. The proposed amendment would have two significant [...]
Bar Association President Says Amendments Are Scandalous…
Current Bar Association President Eamon Courtenay was far less subtle in his reference to the proposed amendments, in particular the change in composition of the General Legal Council. According to [...]
B.T.L. Reports Profit Performance – Figures Dismal
The Annual General Meeting of B.T.L. takes place on Thursday evening at seven o’clock to review the performance of the company over the twelve months to March 2014. As you [...]
Manuel Heredia Visits Subdivision Site in San Pedro
Last week News Five showed you a proposed subdivision in the Sunset Cove area four miles north of San Pedro Town. Forty acres have been surveyed for a total of [...]
Heredia Says He Supports Proposed Reserve Status…
There is some confusion which Minister Manuel Heredia seems unwilling to clear up where the wetlands of Los Bajos are concerned. When News Five spoke to Heredia last week, he [...]
Green Tropics and Valley of Peace Farmers Settle…
In March 2014, crops planted on thirty-two farms in the Valley of Peace area were destroyed, allegedly by herbicide. The farms, operated by the Valley of Peace Farmers’ Association, were [...]
Five Persons Charged for Gang Insignias
As many as five persons were before the court in the past two days on charges relating to gang affiliation. Brandon Tillett, the son of Cyril McFoy who was [...]
Still No Motive in Los Tambos Murder…
A post mortem examination was conducted this afternoon on the body of twenty-seven year old Guatemalan national, Manuel Ramos, who was killed over the weekend at his home in Los [...]
Welcome to San Mateo…San Pedro Subdivision Turned Slum…
San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is a renowned tourism destination, the favourite of foreign visitors from every corner of the globe. Nestled alongside the world’s second largest barrier reef, and [...]
U.S. Embassy Donates to Preservation of Xunantunich…
The Benque Archaeological Site, an area surrounding Xunantunich, is an archaeological reserve that faces a number of issues pertaining to its preservation. Not only is the Maya monument in danger [...]
Ambassador Moreno on Cultural Preservation Efforts
Established in 2000, the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation awards grants for the preservation of cultural sites, objects, collections and traditional forms of cultural expression, including music and dance, [...]
Ministry of Tourism Endorses Belize Sign
Estefan Perera and other residents within the Buttonwood Bay area constructed a Belize sign as an attraction to the Seashore Children’s Park. The brightly colored signage easily became a well-liked [...]
DPM Promises To Upgrade People's Stadium For The Second Time
Belizeans all over the country were celebrating Belize’s 33rd birthday on Sunday. National ceremonies were held in Belmopan City where all diplomats gathered to commemorate our Independence and in a few we will bring you the speeches of both the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister of Belize who we must note promised a reduction in electricity rates for the year 2015. But first we bring you the coverage of the 21st ceremony here in Orange Walk where our local political dignitaries addressed the town. The official ceremony got underway with the arrival of political leaders followed by the inspection of the guard conducted by the Honorable John Briceno.Unlike the 10th of September, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable Gaspar Vega, accompanied by a few of his supporters, made an appearance at the ceremony.
Mass Held In Honor Of George Price
On the night of Friday September 19th, Orange Walk residents gathered at the Price Avenue to honor the life of George Cadle Price, a fitting occasion at a place named after the renowned Leader Emeritus, as mentioned by Orange Walk Central Area Representative, John Briceno. Before the speeches, a liturgy was celebrated by Father Oliver Smalls. Following the mass, members of the People’s United Party including elected leaders and standard bearers took to the podium to remember a great man. The following are a few of their thoughts as they remembered the struggles and achievements of the once Party Leader.Ramon Cervantes Junior – Standard Bearer for OW North“George Price, in addition to being a visionary, he was a great builder, he build on his vision, he not only spoke, he not only gave us a vision but he build on it and that is what has made us this great nation and this great people that we are today.”
September Celebration Parade, a Huge Success
While Corozaleños held their carnival on Saturday, Orange Walk Town had a full house for this year’s celebration. The streets of town were invaded by Orange Walkneos and visitors who came from near and far. Without a doubt there was an economic boost as hotels across town were booked, restaurants and vendors ran out of food and just about everything that was on sale, sold out. But back to this year’s parade. It was bigger than ever before with more than 35 floats. The ambiance was that of festivity as spectators lined up to view the parade. And if you missed it here are the highlights.
Carmelita Perez – Reporting
In Orange Walk, there’s nothing like the 21st day parade and this year was no exception. The parade was led by the Mexican Marching Band followed by political leaders of both parties.
Man Stabbed On Independence Day
The festivities over the weekend didn’t go without incident in the crime scene and while we don’t have many details, we have confirmed that two stabbing incidents occurred during the course of the weekend. The reason we don’t have much details is because no one has made an official report to the police thus there is no police investigation ongoing into these incidents or information as to what transpired. One of the incidents we understand took place on Lover’s Lane in Orange Walk Town around two in the afternoon on the 21st while the official ceremony was being carried out. We have images of the scene immediately after the stabbing where police responded.
PM Comes Bearing Gifts On Independence Day
As is customary, Independence Day in Belmopan was all about speeches by the two political leaders, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca. Before an audience of elected ministers, dignitaries, other invited guests and the wider public Prime Minister Dean Barrow lauded the work of his political party as the present administration. The Prime Minister gave a glowing report of the state of the nation pointing to several initiatives, some new and about how much money is being pumped in the nation for infrastructural works across all municipalities. Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca was first on the podium and spoke on the general state of things in the country; taunting the incumbent and this is where the verbal sparring started between both leaders.
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition
"A growing political divide grounded in a troubling brand of governance which offers no regard or respect to duly elected representatives of the people who do not belong to the party in government. Political parties are important and necessary but once elected to government that political party and its leader have a solemn duty and obligation to serve the people of Belize wherever they may live and regardless of who they voted for."
21st Parade Ends Up With Tragedy, One Man Crushed By Trailer
The Independence Day celebrations fever in Orange Walk Town was shattered at the 21st Parade. Amid the enthusiasm, a tragedy unfolded on Dunn Street almost towards the end of the parade. Sixty-seven year old Santos Belarmino Uh was run over by one of the trailers as the parade moved along the street. The scene was one mixed with fright and confusion and we captured some images of the incident. While there are several versions of what transpired going around town, Deputy Commander of the formation here, Inspector Selvin Tillett, told us what their investigations have revealed.
Inspector Selvin Tillett“A truck, Cuellos’ truck was driven by one Domingo Cabanas of Concepcion Village when one Santos Uh, 67 years old of Otro Benque Road apparently heading towards the truck was given out rum and he fell and the wheel went over his head and died on the spot, and the driver of the truck has been served with a notice of intended prosecution.”
Police Continue Investigation On Robbery Of Hung Yun Store
Orange Walk Police continue their investigation into the shooting that occurred on Friday near the Northern Regional Hospital. In our Friday Newscast, we told you about the fate of a thirty year old man who, along with another male person, robbed a Chinese grocery store but ended up being shot and killed. Police were called about three Friday afternoon and by the time they arrived, the body of thirty year old Leslie Kenrick Logan was being carted away by employees of the Northern Regional to the hospital. It appears that Logan, accompanied by another male of creole descent, robbed Hung Yun Store located at #2 Otro Benque Road at gun point. The men looted five hundred dollars in cash and two cell phones to a total value of $1,075. That however, was not the end of their heist as things took an unprecedented turn for the duo. Deputy Commander of the Orange Walk Police Formation, Inspector Selvin Tillett told us more about the incident.
Jouvert Held In Orange Walk For The First Time, a Huge Success
After a night of partying on the 20th, the celebration continued as early as 4:30 on the morning of September 21st as party goers witnessed the first jouvert to take place in Orange Walk Town. While it is a tradition in Belize it will apparently also become on for Sugar City as revelers took to the streets of town and got themselves covered in mud and paint. It was a first time experience for them as it was for us.
Carmelita Perez – Reporting
At the break of dawn on Sunday September 21st, while most Orange Walkneos were asleep, party goers bathed themselves with mud and paint as they took part in the first jouvert to hit the streets of Orange Walk Town.
Completely covered in mud and with the excitement that categorizes jouvert revelers invaded the town as the real fun got underway without any rules or regulations.