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The San Pedro Sun
Taxi driver murdered in broad daylight, his van was to be used in a robbery
The San Pedro Sun understands that police have reviewed surveillance footage from a financial institution that shows when the taxi cab was boarded, which pointed investigators to a quick lead. Broaster would not discuss if indeed they have reviewed surveillance footage, but explained that their investigation has seen some early but positive results. “We’ve determined that there were three main suspects involved in the shooting…we are looking for two more. As part of our investigation, we have detained a total of three people, one of whom is our main suspect,” indicated Broaster.
While police would not go into details regarding the motive for the murder, Broaster indicated that the perpetrators were planning a robbery. “The investigation that we are carrying out will reveal what transpired between the time the culprits went and got the cab, to the point where they got to the location where the van was found. We know for sure that there was a boat, which we have in our custody that was utilized to flee from the area. The information we are receiving is that the taxi would have been used to commit a robbery. We are investigating the information as to where the robbery would have taken place.”
Successful Awareness Walk/Run for Special Needs Children held by ACES
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) dedicated Sunday, April 26th to raising awareness for children living with special needs on the island. Along with the support of over a hundred island residents, ACES organized the first even 5K walk/run for awareness to coincide with Autism Awareness Month. Being the only school on the island to have a separate classroom for special needs students, the ACES event was a way to raise much needed funds for the initiative. ACES prides themselves in providing a quality and individualized education for special needs children and hoped to raise awareness on the issue for all islanders.
According to Sarah Freudenberg (Master of Education Teacher), who has been leading the ACES’s special education program, this walk/run was important to sensitize the island community to the particular education requirements of special needs children. “This project is close to my heart and I am so thankful for all the support we have received from the residents and even the business community. I am very happy with the special needs program at ACES and with everyone’s support, it will only continue to grow,” said Freudenberg.
Flashbacks: When San Pedro Transitioned from a Fishing Village to Tourism Hot Spot
This Flashback has so much to comment on but the bottom line is that it depicts the last days of the fishing era just about to change into a tourism community. We see the last of the lobster fishing boats hauled up on the beach for renovation and a touch of fresh paint during the off season.
The boats still carried masts for sails but were equipped with a bracket at the stern where an outboard engine was installed. Notice the 20 horsepower Evinrude motor on the ground. We also see a few hobby cats, a sign that tourism had commenced in San Pedro. Oh there is a Land Rover Jeep, one of four vehicles on the island. Occasionally it was used to haul the boat up on land. Notice the police station on the side of Central Park. The little building with the glass window was the office and the side with the single small window was the jail. Do take a look at the wood circular water tank called a “curbato”.
25 Years Ago - International Radio Stations were Entertainment for Island Villagers
The biggest name in radio today in Belize is Love F M. (98.1 FM) but did you know that back in the 1950's there was a whole lot of international radio in San Pedro? And what's more, a lot of villagers had their private antennas in their own yards.
First let me take you through the International radio stations. There was first and foremost Radio Harlengin Texas. Yes all the way from Texas we got to enjoy musical programs in the days when Country and Western was very popular.
Then there was Radio Havana, bringing us salsa, merengue, and hot Latino music all the way from Cuba. Radio Havana also had fine comical programs. Added to this was radio La Ceiba from Honduras. In this radio station San Pedranos enjoyed several radio novelas of love and romance as well as good family comedy and adventure.
Murdered Taximan Found Dead Inside His Own Vehicle
Residents in the area recall hearing a single gunshot and did not expect to hear the grim news of the body of 42-year-old San Pedro Taximan, Jose Rigoberto Beltran, found inside his own vehicle with one gunshot wound to the back of his head. After experiencing a decrease in criminal activity due to an increace in patrolling, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was shaken up once again on Tuesday, April 27, 2015.
But as police conducted its investigations, the body of Beltran lay inside the taxi van well after 1p.m. parked lagoon-side, into some shrubberly off the road in the San Juan Area. The body of Beltran was discovered by a Coast Guard unit that was patrolling the lagoon, who were flagged down by a man who spotted the taxi van. The crime scene was just around the corner of the San Pedro Police Department and police believe that it is likely that Beltran was subdued, taken to that spot and killed. Police gained knowledge that the criminals needed his vehicle to conduct a robbery.
San Pedro: Dead Taxi man discovered this morning
With crime being down for sometime now, it's sad to report the discovery of a taxi man found dead inside his vehicle in the San Juan Area this morning. More information to come as it becomes available.
Weather Forecast Calls for Heavy Rains After Heat Spell
It has been HOT and DRY the past few months but according to weather forecasts this week and an obvious spike in humidity – rain is on its way, and lots of it. According to AccuWeather.com, big changes are on the way for parts of Mexico and Central America and that includes possible rain and thunderstorms that could bring flooding to the region. Red sunsets, like the one pictured above, taken yesterday are one indication of possible rain.
What was a long stretch of dry weather and record heat, a cold front will be pushing down its way into the Gulf of Mexico bringing rain to southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
Belize’s National Meteorological Service’s forecast calls for seasonably hot and dry weather today with the approach of a late season cold front that will support a break in these conditions. Neighboring city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico experienced a sizzling high of 110 degrees F. the last couple of days, while in Belize temperatures reached in the high 90’s in the mainland.
Misc Belizean Sources
Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead
At 1:00pm, the body of 42 year old San Pedro taximan Jose Rigoberto Beltran is still inside his van, parked off the road near the San Juan Layout. He was allegedly shot once to the back of the head. Residents say they heard one shot at approximately 9:45am. and the body was found at around 10:00am. Police allegedly have two men detained, and are awaiting Scenes of Crime personnel to process the area.
Cayo Citizens on Patrol Program
Congratulations to all those that aced the training for the Citizens on Patrol program! Great to see. Thanks go out to the SI police for organizing the training. Best of luck to all.
"On Sunday 26th April 2015 San Ignacio Police concluded the first training for the citizens on patrol program. We would like to congratulate the newest members of the COP."
Thinking of applying for the ESF Grant? Time is running out….
Political/Economic Chief J. Nathan Bland recently appeared on Open Your Eyes to discuss the 2015 Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) Economic Support Fund (ESF) grant opportunities. The U.S. Embassy intends to issue three to five awards in amounts between US $100,000 and $400,000 for projects that aim to strengthen citizen security by focusing on job creation and providing alternative activities and better education for youth at higher risk of gang affiliation and/or engaging in criminal activity.
Vaca Forest Reserve Fires
The Vaca Forest Reserve located north of the Chiquibul National Park has been under constant wild fires, that have created large gusts of smoke into Benque and Succotz. Without any fire lines, farmers have caused the destruction of large areas of the reserve. The fires still continue.
CSKC Wins at Copa Poptun
Congratulations to all the CSKC students that won at the Copa Poptun Karate tournament! They took home 28 medals.
" The Cayo Shotokan Karate Club in conjunction with the Belize Karate Federation participated in the 3rd Copa Poptun in Guatemala on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The delegation led by Sensei Herman Pastor Jr. and David Diego was comprised of 13 Junior athletes ranging from ages 6 to 16. The team was awarded the 2nd Place trophy for winning 8 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals.
Reggae Street Slaughter
At the end of last night's news, we told you about the fatal shooting on Reggae Street. The victim was 29 year-old Wayne Rocke, who became the Belize District's 6th murder victim in 48 hours.
Courtney Weatherburne was at the scene in the "Yabra" area last night - and she has this report:...
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
Those flashing blue and red lights and this flapping barricade tape are all too familiar to city residents.
And residents of the Yabra area were faced with that scene last night on Reggae Street after 29 year old Wayne Rock was shot and killed near this house.
Like the ending of most of these tragic murder stories, the family was escorted to see their loved one's lifeless body.
Before it was wrapped in a blood stained sheet and driven away. The family admits to Rock's street reputation but says that was his past.
Second Victim From Medina Shooting Succumbs
Adding to the frightening spate of murders is 55 year-old taxi-man Egbert Hemmans. He was the driver who took 31 year-old Mark Medina to Iguana Street on Sunday morning. He walked right into a trap, and a gunman was waiting for him. He killed Medina and shot Hemmans in the chest and abdomen - the bullet exited his back - damaging his liver.
Hemmans sped off and drove himself to the KHMH - arriving there in a critical state.
Doctors did what they could for him, but he passed away last night at around 8:00 from complications due to his injuries. According to his sister, the doctors called her telling her that he went into shock and about an hour later he died.
Today police said that he was the victim of an unfortunate circumstance:
Supt. Hiberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division
"Mr. Hemmans was pronounced dead yesterday around 8:20PM. That post mortem will be conducted sometime today."
San Pedro Cabbie Killed For His Golf Cart
42 year-old Jose Beltran, a San Pedro Taximan better known as Mr. Rigo, became the 7th murder victim in two and a half days. Police found him dead inside his vehicle in the San Juan Area of San Pedro this morning at 10:00. He had been tied up and shot in the head. The senior command of the Police Eastern Division has been on the island for weeks trying to root out the crime problem, and this evening, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster briefed the media about what they've been able to find out.
He told us just over an hour ago that it appears that his killers targeted this law abiding resident for his taxi, which they planned to use in the commission of a crime:
Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster
"We responded, we found the male person with one gunshot wound to the head and our response to the incident, we managed to apprehend one of the main suspects. We've confiscated a boat with a 75 horse power engine that was use as the getaway vessel. We have one main suspect in custody and we are searching for two others."
60 Hours, 7 Murders In Bze District
So, that San Pedro murder brings the toll between Saturday night and Monday night to seven murders in the Belize District in a little more than 60 hours. It's a staggering number, and that's why everyone was on high alert this afternoon when shots rang out in Munoz Alley in the Fort George area. No one was hurt - but a number of shot rang out in the alley which adjoins the notorious Pink's Alley. Police maintain active patrols in the area.
Security Guard Arrested For One Murder
Police have made an arrest for one of the killings over the weekend. Diarron "Percy" Hamilton, the security guard who fatally stabbed 41 year-old Wilmer Cisneros, was charged for murder this morning and tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison.
Hamilton was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, and due to the nature of the offence, no plea was taken. He was denied bail and remanded to prison until his next court date, which was scheduled for July 22.
As we reported, the incident happened at around 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Cisneros and a friend were patrons at the Blue House Bar in Ladyville. They were having a drink, when Hamilton and another security guard allegedly approached them and asked that they pay the entrance fee. According to his family, this fee only becomes a requirement after 9 p.m., and so they intended to leave. They somehow got into an altercation which escalated to a fight. Cisneros and Jimenez were stabbed during the fight, and Cisneros' injuries to the chest and abdomen were fatal.
PM Back From Talking To Bank of America and Carnival Cruise
Taking a break now from all that crime....Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country today after a quick trip to Miami to meet with senior officials from the Bank of America and Carnival Cruise Lines. He's having a press conference tomorrow to discuss the outcome and what it means for the banking sector and the cruise tourism industry, but the media wanted a preview and met him at the airport today. Here's what he told us:...
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"Well in respect to Bank of America, I think that the way forward is clear. What is going to be permitted and not permitted in terms of the government's hand-holding with the Belize Bank. It was useful, we know exactly how we are to proceed and that's been extremely helpful. In terms of Carnival, again, my mind is certainly clear as to Carnival's position re-Stake Bank and that again alone was worth the trip. I can't suggest that there is all of a sudden now a very bright well-define yellow brick road."
First Quarter Tourism Figures Show Stagnation
2014 was very strong for both cruise and overnight tourism when record numbers were realised. But, the first quarter of 2015 shows numbers for the overnight tourism sector going down ever so slightly - a very worrying start to the year for the BTB and tourism interests. Now, we stress, it is down very marginally, less than half of one percentage point - but it is worrying because the quarterly figure comes after a succession of years in which growth was shown consistently in every quarter.
So, what's causing it? Well, according to a BTB release, you should blame it on the weather. The release says, quote, "There were severe snow storms that took place frequently during this period, resulting in cancellation of flights that affected travel from Canada, as well as the Central and Eastern United States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York City." End quote. And while that is perhaps plausible, the other side of that coin is that there are now more flights from more destinations to Belize than ever before - and the cost of air fares is trending down due to lower fuel costs - which should attract more travellers.
Opposition Leader Will Give PM Ultimatum
Leader of the opposition Francis Fonseca says he is writing a letter to the Prime Minister which will give him 21 days to repeal the Petrocaribe Loans Act. What happens after that? That's what we asked Fonseca after he appeared on the KREM WUB show this morning:...
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition
"We have drafted a letter which we are sending to the Prime Minister of Belize. Which our objective is to have all of these partners, even if it's the third parties, if they want to join in - to be signatories to this letter, demanding that this PetroCaribe act be repealed and if is not repealed within 21 days of that letter, then we will have to mobilize and take to the streets and get the support of the Belizean people on this issue. Because we believe it is a fundamentally important issue, that goes to the heart of governance and goes to the heart of democracy."
"This complicated by the fact that in 2005, the PUP signed the first PetroCaribe agreement. Two months after it had passed the Finance and Audit Act, which the former president of the PSU Mr. Dylan Reneau, wrote is in fact doing the same thing which the PUP now criticizes - undertaking a loan of infinite amount without the approval of national assembly."
PM Will Not Be Moved on Petrocaribe
Of course, the UDP says you can't be in favour of Petrocaribe spending and against the Petrocaribe Loans Act - because the ruling party maintains that Petrocaribe is such a strange instrument of credit that it cannot fit within the confines of the Finance and Audit Act. And that's why the Prime Minister said he wasn't fazed when we asked him about the Leader of the Opposition's 21 day ultimatum:..
"He will give you 21 days. Then after that he will take it to the streets."
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"Well, I am certainly prepared to make a statement on PetroCaribe tomorrow. It's not escape my attention that there has been an unrelenting campaign over the last week and I am now learning that it continues into this week. So, I will make a statement. Prepare for a long press conference, because there are so very many issues to address. But I can say from now, that there is not a chance in hell that there will be any repeal of the PetroCaribe loans act."
"Even if the social partners and the Opposition galvanized?"
86 Year Old Trapped In Fire
There was a fire in the city this afternoon. It happened at #17 Neal Pen Road around 3:30 this afternoon. But, it wasn't just the structure that was at risk, an 86-year-old woman was at home all alone - luckily neighbors were able to save her. The fire department was quick to the scene - and a neighbor told us off camera how she saved the octogenarian - we also spoke to the tenant downstairs about their damages:..
Voice of Neighbour
"I saw the smoke and I heard the lady crying. I went upstairs and tried to carry her down but I couldn't succeed so I called for someone and a young man came to help me, and that's how we brought her downstairs."
"Was she the only one in the house at the time?"
Voice of Neighbour
"She was the only one at the time and she cannot move."
Nicholas Mogual, Tenant, downstairs
"The downstairs is supposed to be wet right now because when I went in there it was getting wet and there was a lot of smoke so I couldn't stay in there. But it's just getting wet for right now."
DPP Says Ellis Meighan No Charge To Answer For "Zimbab" Shooting
It made big news last year when George Street General, Carlos Abraham known as Zimbab was shot on Lakeview Street. Ellis Meighan Jr -who lives around the corner from the crime scene - was one of the accused persons, but today he walked from attempted murder charges. The DPP directed that the charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm should be withdrawn. With that, Meighan Junior walked out the court a freeman.
Now, only a 17 year old minor stands accused of the crime. A preliminary inquiry will be held in early June.
Gang Rape Allegation From Southern Tertiary School
There is a troubling allegation of gang rape coming out of one of the Tertiary Education Institutions in the South. It involves a case where a female student is accusing as many as five of her male counterparts of raping her on a class trip.
For the protection of the victim's identity police have asked us not to release certain sensitive information - like the name of the school. But we have confirmed that this tertiary level class trip was taken from the school in the south to San Ignacio on Thursday April 16. We understand that an 18 year-old female special needs student was on the trip with 75 other students and 2 teachers
We understand the student was returning from the restroom, when she was pulled into a room and forced into having sexual relations with several of her male peers. We've confirmed with San Ignacio police that a report was made last week, and police have visited the school in the south to investigate the allegations.
Minister's Nephew Being Protected From Gun Charge
Earlier this month we reported on the boat accident near the municipal airstrip which left boat captain Romy Badillo critical. We also told you about the fundraising event that was organized by his family and friends to cover medical expenses. While the family advertised the event as being a fun filled one, there was one confrontation that changed the entire mood. Edison Usher better known as DJ Vintage came to our studios to tell us about a frightening encounter he had with another man at the fundraising event. Usher told us that he was setting up the sound system at the Hour Bar Field for the event when a man drove over his speakers wires twice. Usher told us he was only trying to dissuade him from driving over the wire by waving or signaling him to go another way but the young man in the vehicle took it to another level by pulling a gun. Here is Usher's account of what happened next.
Edison Usher, Had a gun pointed at him in public
"The reason why we're trying to divert things is because there's wires on the ground that damage the equipment and it's very expensive. He mumbled something, I didn't hear it too well because the breeze was blowing a little bit.
Teenaged Girl Missing For Two Weeks
A 16-year-old girl has been missing for about 2 weeks now and her family came to our studios yesterday to ask for help in finding her. Shania Bain's sister, Kemiesha Perry, told us today that she has run off before with friends but in the past she always came back. This time though concerns are mounting for the family because she has never been gone this long. Her sister told us more:
"No one said anything like having her or condoning her at their house, but the only thing that I heard was that she's in the complex and PIV area. That's the only thing that I heard but I didn't...."
"Someone saw her in that area?"
"Yes, because a couple people to whom I spoke to, like people who are in her class and different things. They said how they saw her in the area and if they would see her again, I gave them my number so if they see her just let them contact me and just let me go for her. When she use to go, she use to go two days and return. Sometimes nearly a week and then she comes back but then it wasn't such a big deal. Yes, we would go look for her even if it were two days but, now she hasn't returned so I can't say. Well I know she's alive there but I just don't know exactly where she is. I just hope wherever she is, she's safe and I hope she comes back home so she can go back to school."
Deputy PM Vega Wants To Sue, Doesn't Want To Appear In Court
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega's defamation lawsuit against his PUP political opponent, Ramon Cervantes Jr. went back to the Supreme Court today. We're referring to the decision by the DPM to sue Cervantes because he released an explosive phone call recording on the evening news and on national radio. In that phone call, the man claiming to be Manuel Castillo, the wanted murder mastermind, named Vega as the person who orchestrated Cervantez father's murder last year.
Today was a case management conference which focused mostly on an application to amend the claim, made by Vega's attorney, Rodwell Wiliams. We waited outside of court and spoke with Cervantes and his attorney who claims that in this application, Vega wants the lawsuit to continue against Cervantez, he just doesn't want to be obliged to appear in court regularly for it:
26 Year Old Man Raped Child
Last night we told you about a 38 year old who was remanded for sexually assaulting a 10 year old girl, and tonight the story is about a 26 year-old accused of doing the same to a nine year old girl.
Salvadoran National Daniel Rios, a taxi driver of Starfish Crescent, was arraigned on the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse and harm against of a female child 9 years and 5 months old when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Due to the nature of the offences, he was remanded into custody until August 5.
The child reported to the police that Rios had sex with her at his home on April 24. The child was taken to the hospital where she was examined by a doctor who classified her injuries as wounding.
Rats At Western Regional
The Western Regional hospital has an infestation of rats and health authorities are trying to eradicate these rodents as quickly as possible. On Friday afternoon around 11:30 staff members were cleaning the storage room when they found drawers, cupboards and other areas over-run with rats. We spoke to the Regional Manager of the Hospital, Melinda Guerra and she says that pest control as well the infection control unit are working together to get rid of the rats in the storage room and in any other room in the hospital where these rodents may be lurking.
Guerra told us that she met with CEO Peter Allen today and he approved the budget of $18,000 to thoroughly clean and renovate the storage room and works should begin as early as Friday. All foods items and supplies that were contaminated and unfit for consumption were discarded. All the other food items that are safe for consumption have been moved to another area in the hospital; the storage room is not in use at this time. Guerra says public health inspectors are conducting an overall assessment of the hospital.
PUP Taking GOB To Court for 13th Senator
Earlier in the news we told you how the PUP will be issuing the government of Belize with a 21 day ultimatum to repeal the Petrocaribe Loans Act. Well, the opposition will also go to court to force the UDP to bring into effect the constitutional amendment to add a 13th. Senator to the Upper House. This amendment was passed years ago, but the Barrow Administration simply refused to bring it into effect - because they say their very own amendment would paralyze the legislature. Well now the PUP is taking it to court. The Leader of the opposition explained:
Attorney Eamon Courtenay who has been an outspoken public critic of the non-adoption of the constitutional amendment will be bringing the action.
PUP Says No Cozying Up To Ashcroft
And while the PUP tries to generate momentum for a general election which is coming sooner rather than later, the truth of politics is that you can't get momentum without money. And for that, many seasoned political observers feel that the PUP will turn to Michael Ashcroft - who is the biggest single financier in Belize's post independent history. But, recently Ashcroft has been changing his strategy - both in Belize and in the UK where he no longer gives to parties as much as he focuses on what are called marginal seats - basically constituencies that could win with just the right infusion of campaign financing. But today the PUP would not admit to even that; they say Ashcroft has shown no interest in them - and the feeling is mutual:..
"The last time you were asked, you were dismissive about the presence of Lord Ashcroft in Belize. Since then, has the PUP met with him? And will the PUP be accepting campaign financing from him?"
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition
"We just discussed that on the KREMANDALA Show. No, we have not, Jules did not invite me to his meeting with him so I couldn't go. So we haven't heard anything from Lord Ashcroft at all and for me it's a moot question. We are not accepting money from someone who is not offering us money. I don't know if Jules told the man a lot of bad things about me, I don't know. So in any case for us, we are committed to raising money from the Belizean people. That's how we ran our election in 2012. From the Belizean people, the Belizean business community, that's how we're going to do it again whenever the elections are called."
PUP Will Present Public Plan For Convention
38 year-old Haitian National David Modest arrived at the PGIA with a fake Belizean permanent residency permit, and so tonight he's at the prison for it.
We have not been able to confirm which flight he arrived on, but the Immigration Officers flagged the immigration document he presented to them when he arrived. When they did a background check, the realized that the permanent residency permit was fake. He was questioned, and he later revealed he bought the document online.
He was then charged with using a document he wasn't entitled today, and when he was arraigned today before Magistrate Ladonna John, he pleaded guilty. He was fined $1,000 to be paid forthwith, and because he couldn't pay, he was sent to prison to serve 6 month. After that, he will be deported at the earliest convenience.
Murder on Reggae Street – Mechanic Slain While Repairing Vehicle
The murder count went up by three in the past twenty four hours. In San Pedro a taxi man was killed in his van, while in the city another cabbie [...]
Taxi Driver Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries in Wake of Weekend Carnage
At eight-twelve on Monday night when the medical officers would pronounce Wayne Rocke dead, they were called to the bedside of fifty-five year old Egbert Hemmans to record his death. [...]
Popular Cab Driver Found Dead Inside His Van in San Pedro
The forty-third murder of the year happened in broad daylight this morning in the San Juan Layout of San Pedro. At around ten this morning, popular taxi-man, forty-two year old [...]
Should the Government Repeal the Petrocaribe Loan Act?
And our question for tonight is: Do you believe that the government should repeal the Petrocaribe Loan Act? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or [...]
PM Returns from Meeting with Bank of America and Carnival Reps in Miami
Prime Minister Barrow has been away on official business in Miami where he met with representatives from the Bank of America and Carnival Cruise Lines to discuss separate issues pertaining [...]
Will Petrocaribe Loans Act be Repealed Within 21 Days?
Will the controversial Petrocaribe Loans Act be repealed by May nineteenth? That’s what Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca and P.U.P. Deputy Party Leader Julius Espat are anticipating, following an [...]
PM Says Leader of Opposition’s Statements are Outrageous
During an appearance in the media earlier today, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca said that the stipulations within the Petrocaribe Loans Act were made by PM Barrow in order [...]
Petrocaribe Loans Act Won’t be Struck Out, PM Open to Tweak Law
While the prime minister has made it abundantly clear that there will be no repeal of the Petrocaribe Loans Act, he is open to the idea of fine-tuning the legislation [...]
Elderly Woman Escapes Mid-afternoon Fire on Neal Pen Road
An eighty-six year old lady had to be rescued from her house today after it caught fire. A neighbor and friends heard her crying out and they ran in to [...]
Administrator Comments on Rodent Infestation at Western Regional Hospital
In Monday’s newscast we showed you the food storage area at the Western Regional Hospital. The condition of that room, complete with rat infestation and just generally nastiness, came to [...]
Tourist Arrivals Remain Steady in First Quarter of 2015
The new tourism figures for the first three months of this year are in. According to the stats from the Belize Tourism Board, overnight arrivals remained steady while cruise arrivals [...]
Pre-Trial Review Commences in Libel Case Between Gapi and Monchie
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega speedily brought a lawsuit against his political rival of Orange Walk North standard bearer Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes Junior, last November charging libel because of a [...]
Ramon ‘Monchie’ Cervantes Shares Perspective on the Case
The DPM has steadfastly denied the charges, but his attorney, Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams, today applied to amend the statement of claim form, with a decision by the Chief Justice [...]
Security Guard Arraigned for Murder of Patron Inside Blue House Bar
Security Guard Darion Hamilton was slapped with a single charge of murder when he appeared in court today. Hamilton, a guard at the Blue House Bar in Ladyville, was charged [...]
Still No Motive for the Mahogany Heights Murder of Kevin Flowers
Earlier we told you about three murders over the course of Monday night and this morning. But the bloody Monday killings were preceded by an early morning shooting in Mahogany [...]
Who is John Doe? Body Still Unidentified Five Days Later
Last Thursday, the badly decomposed body of a John Doe was discovered floated near mile five on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The discovery was made when a caretaker of a [...]
Ellis Meighan Jr. Acquitted of Attempted Murder of Zimbab Abraham
Tonight, Ellis Meighan Junior is free of charges of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm with a Deadly Weapon. He was charged along with a [...]
Commissioner of Lands on Hopkins Beach Erosion
On Monday’s newscast, we showed you the images of the massive erosion in the southern village of Hopkins. It started about a week ago and since then, some residents and [...]
Is There Any Way to Reclaim Worn Beachfront?
As to residents and resorts who have lost their beachfronts to the erosion and whose property values have gone down, is there any way that they can reclaim their lands [...]
FCD to Receive Assistance from Kentucky University
On Monday, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center and the Western Kentucky University. The agreement seeks to help the region with its climate [...]