CIBC Closes Its Doors in Belize
CIBC First Caribbean International Bank officially exited Belize today. All its branches across the country also closed and banking transactions are shutting down as of tonight to make way for [...]
CWU President Says MOU Was Not Authorized
But according to CWU president Audrey Matura-Shepherd, the union did not authorize the signing of the MOA. In a text sent to News Five, Matura-Shepherd asserts that she was “shocked [...]
No Bail for Jahan Abadi and Haung Chong Park
The strange legal tangles of US national Bradley Paumen, the owner of Dark Knight et al remain very fluid tonight. In a nutshell, three persons were formally arraigned on Thursday [...]
Paumen Gets Supreme Court Bail Hearing Hours After Remand
But back to Bradley Paumen….He’s a millionaire investor, owner of Dark Night Tours and a resort in Hopkins, but is tonight behind bars at the Belize Central Prison. On Thursday [...]
3 Men Arraigned for Murder of Ian Blair
It was not until after two p.m. today that eighteen-year-old Windell Thurton, twenty-one-year-old Max Orosco and nineteen-year-old Byron Flowers, all of Belize City, were arraigned before Magistrate Deborah Rogers for [...]
No Update in Swaney Murder Investigation
On Thursday, January fourteenth, ABC7 Chicago Executive Producer Anne Swaney was murdered on the grounds of the Nabitunich Resort in San Jose Succotz. Her senseless and brutal killing created shockwaves [...]
DHS Confirms Unexplained Deaths At the K.H.M.H.
There are far more questions than answers available tonight from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where various persons have died in the past four months due to an unknown illness. [...]
MOH Says No Cause for Alarm
The cause of death of three persons this month remains unknown and the ministry says samples have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, and that at this [...]
P.U.P. Leadership Convention to Be Held on Sunday
Turning to political news…The People’s United Party will be holding a historic national leadership convention this weekend. As you know, three candidates are offering themselves for the top job of [...]
Heritage Bank Anticipates Smooth Transition
Earlier you heard the farewell from FCIB’s Country Manager, Glen Smith. At the close of business a few hours ago, the official transfer of assets from FCIB to Heritage Bank [...]
Credit and Debit Cards Must Be Activated by Monday
While Heritage Bank is embarking on an automation process to ensure that the changeover is easy, customers of FCIB are being asked to make certain that their new credit and [...]
Heritage to Assume Control of FCIB Buildings Countrywide
So what will become of FCIB’s infrastructures in the various districts. According to Duncan, a majority of those buildings will be used to expand Heritage’s operations where necessary, including the [...]
Cayo Police Provide Clarity on Reported Bus Shooting
On Wednesday, San Ignacio Police swarmed Esperanza in response to reports that a man had been shot in the head on a Westline Bus. Conrad Thomas, bleeding profusely and unconscious, [...]
B.D.F. Passes Out 80 New Soldiers
The various arms that provide national security to the country keep growing in numbers and in strength. This afternoon, eighty new soldiers joined the ranks of the Belize Defense Force [...]
Minister of National Security Says Work Has Commenced at Sarstoon FOB
Since breaking ground for a new forward operating base near the mouth of the Sarstoon River in December 2015, the much talked about military installation has seemingly taken a backseat [...]
CIBC Makes Final Donation to Belizean Organizations
CIBC First Caribbean International Bank in its final act of social responsibility, made a contribution of fifteen thousand five hundred dollars to nine organizations in the city. Today at its [...]
Spreading Zika Virus Raises Global Alarm
There is global concern tonight about the ZIKA virus which is spreading quickly throughout the region. Last week, we spoke with Doctor Marvin Manzanero of the Ministry of Health about [...]
Cayo Police Go Into Schools to Deal With Youth Issues
There have been two suicides in the West recently, young persons who took their own lives. There are organizations which deal with depression and other related factors, but as we [...]
Cayo COPP in Full Effect
Across the country, Community Policing has taken root, and it has become the rule rather than the exception. Just around Christmas time the San Ignacio Police Formation received twenty-four new [...]
Willows Bank Villagers Need Access to Water
A resident of Willow’s Bank Village in the Belize District has come to the media in the hopes that the challenges the villagers currently face would be addressed. Rose Perriot has a house in Willows Bank along with five other families but they have been living without access to potable water and the only well […]
Trio Arraigned in Home Invasion Case that Claimed Ian Blair
Three young men were arraigned on a charge of murder for the death of Ian Robert Blair when they appeared today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. The accused murderers are 19 year old Byron Flowers, 21 year old Max Orosco and 18 year old Windell Thurton. The trio was also charged with aggravated burglary, attempted murder […]
Paumen Associates Arraigned in Court
The case involving American Investor and owner of Dark Knight, Bradley Paumen continued today in the court room of Magistrate Albert Hoare in San Ignacio. Paumen stands accused of plotting the murder of Michael Modiri. He allegedly did so with other persons including Jahangi Abadi and Haung Chong Park who have been charged for Abetment […]
Deaths During Flu Season Urges Investigation at KHMH
A post on social media stirred up some talking today about a number of deaths that had occurred at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital. The post referred to those deaths as an undiagnosed illness. Tonight Love News can confirm that the deaths at the KHMH are six deaths being investigated between the span of last […]
Briceno Says He Is Ready for Leadership Convention
The People’s United Party will be holding their national convention on Sunday in Belmopan. One of the men vying for leadership of the party is Orange Walk Central’s area representative, John Briceno. Earlier today we caught up with Briceno to get his views heading into Sunday’s convention. We asked Briceno what are some of […]
Belize Makes 1st Draft Report on Civil and Political Rights
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a validation workshop on Belize’s draft report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. On hand was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. This is Belize’s first draft report and will encompasses only up to 2014. In his address Minister Elrington spoke of a number of […]
First Caribbean Officially Closes Its Doors in Belize
The Christian Workers Union and CIBC First Caribbean International Bank have signed a memorandum of agreement, MOA. A release from the bank says that both bodies were able to reach an agreement on an exit package for its employees. The MOA was signed last week Friday and today was the bank’s final day of operations […]
City Council Takes Heed to the Children
A document that seeks to add to the initiatives of the Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities was signed yesterday at City Hall in Belize City. Hyacinth Latchman-Cuellar, who is the councillor responsible for women and children at the Belize City Council, spoke on how this signing will add to the initiative. Councillor Latchman-Cuellar told […]
The Taiwanese Are Coming for the BDF
We have been hearing of the addition to the military air wing by way of helicopters and planes for quite some time. Today we got an update from the Brigadier General, David Jones as to the status of this expansion as well as training for the pilots and technicians. As Commander Jones mentioned, a team […]
61st Intake for Belize Defense Force
The 61st Intake for the Belize Defense Force had their graduation ceremony this afternoon at Price Barracks in Ladyville Village, Belize District. Brigadier General David Jones spoke of this intake and how crucial the additional numbers are to the force. Love News asked the BDF Commander to comment on the training curriculum for the recruits […]
Man on the run after chopping up wife captured
A murder suspect accused of chopping his common law wife to death and fleeing the scene has finally been captured. He was captured by civilians who recognized him and handed him over to police. Our Dangriga correspondent Hary Arzu has the story. ...
Professional cyclist knocked down by bus
A young professional cyclists was knocked down by a bus yesterday, Wednesday January 27. 16-year-old Shakille Tillett of Camalote Village ,professionally for cycling team WKC Strikers and was onthe road on his bicycle sometime around 10 o’clock yesterday morning. When he approached mile 11 on ...
Was bus Passenger hit or shot?
Yesterday, we reported on the bus incident where one passenger was injured by another passenger on an afternoon bus headed from Benque to Belize city. As we told you at the time of the newscast, the information we had was still sketchy, though eyewitnesses told us on and off camera that the victim,...
Three persons charged in Ian Blair murder
Yesterday we told you about the murder that occurred in Belize City on Simon Lamb street. 44-year-old Dr. Marcos Christopher Rugama Miranda, who lives at the house on Simon Lamb street, was stabbed to the center of his chest while 37-year-old Ian Robert Blair of Belize City was stabbed to the u...
Suicide Pact in Cayo???
Plusnews has received disturbing reports coming out of the Cayo District regarding recent suicide incidents that claimed the lives of two teenagers in separate incidents recently and another suicide attempt reported two nights ago. Now, Plusnews does not normally report on suicides and we avoid rev...
Vehicle in Belize City Canal
How did a vehicle end up in the Haulover Creek in the Lake Independence area of Belize City last night? The report we got is that 36-year-old Anthony Young was stabbed to the head while inside the vehicle, causing him to lose control while driving on Partridge Street. We do not know if he was stabbe...
NTUCB looks forward to permanent representative in Senate
On Wednesday 27th January, we saw for the first time since this new Administration, a representative for the Unions seated in the Senate meeting. Mind you, it is only temporary. PlusNews introduced the nation to Educator and long-standing union activist Elena Smith as she took the oath at the start...
BDF has 80 new soldiers
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) conducted a passing out ceremony at its Price Barracks headquarters in Ladyville on Friday evening for 80 recruits who have now joined the ranks of Belize’s military. The recruits started their rigorous training in October 2015, in disciplines ranging from: […]
KHMH investigates seven unexpected patient deaths
By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is investigating the circumstances leading to seven unexpected patient deaths since last October. Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero told the media on Friday that the patients, who all suffered from respiratory and flu-like symptoms and abdominal problems. […]
Potable water coming to Santa Anna, Toledo
Over 500 residents in Santa Anna village, Toledo will soon have potable water as the Government invests over half a million dollars for a potable water system in their community. The government’s press office says some 91 households, schools, churches and the village health post […]
Joint task force operation conducts drug bust on the Rio Hondo
The Coast Guard, Belize Defense Force (BDF) and Customs Department conducted a joint operation, this week, that led to the confiscation of 6.8 pounds of high grade marijuana. Security agents on patrol spotted a small boat in an area on the Rio Hondo river near […]
Belize “domesticates” extradition treaty with Mexico, but after Schnitzer’s escape
Belize’s law governing extradition is now in tandem with an Extradition Treaty it signed in August, 1988 with Mexico, which permits the extradition of any individual wanted in any of the two countries for trial. The law needed to be “domesticated” as described by Prime […]
BTB explains tourism rates
Although the first quarter of 2015 was off to a slow start, the next seven months, and particularly the last four months recorded spectacular tourism figures. This is according to officials at the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). Javier Paredes, director of business development and registrar […]
National Sports council begin country wide rehab sweep of facilities
The National Sports Council, this week, under its new directorship, began a country wide mission to rehabilitate sporting facilities. On Monday, newly appointed Director, Ritchel Dominguez, explained that works have already started at the MCC Grounds on Princess Margaret Drive, which will coincide with several […]
Airlines offering refunds to passengers traveling to Zika affected countries
Some airlines have began offering refunds to travelers bound for destinations that have confirmed cases of the Zika virus for the safety of passengers. British Airways, American Airlines, and United Airlines have all began rolling out options for passengers, particularly pregnant ones, to avoid visiting destinations with […]
EU gives UNICEF more than $100,000 US to fight child abuse
The European Union, this week, made a $100,000 donation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to fight child abuse in the Belize. EU Ambassador to Belize, Paolo Amadei, in her last undertaking in that role, was on hand for the donation. Sexual abuse statistics […]
Vega denies allegations of land repossession in Paumen case
In another twist to the ongoing developments of the Bradley Paumen/Michael Modiri property feud, Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Natural Resources (Lands), Gaspar Vega, has denied instructing the Lands Department to compulsorily repossess land from Modiri to accommodate Paumen. In an interview with […]
PM leads technical team to Washington to negotiate de-risking measures
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left Belize on Monday for Washington, D.C., where he is leading a technical team from Belize in discussions with senior officials of the US Federal Government and US banking monitoring systems over the ‘de-risking’ situation affecting financial institutions in the region. […]
Seven homeless after house fire, arsonist will not be charged
The Laws of Belize prohibit the Police Department from charging 21-year-old John Dawson for burning down a house and leaving seven people homeless. According to the department, Dawson is a certified mental illness patient and is therefore not fit to be charged for destroying the home of […]
BTB says Swaney murder hasn’t hurt tourism, yet
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), this week, said it is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of tourists while mitigating the negative impact of Anne Swaney’s murder last week. Noriko Gamero, BTB Marketing and Public Relations manager said the industry has not seen […]
No charge for woman who killed son-in-law
The Belize Police Department will not press any charges against 62-year-old Moszetta Reyes for the chopping death of 54-year-old Arthur wade. The police explained on Thursday that after the Director Of Public Prosecutions (DPP) considered the evidence in the case, she decided not to proceed with any […]
In the forties and fifties Toledo was called the “bread basket” of Belize. Rice was grown in abundance in Toledo and pigs were raised and shipped to Belize City on the MV. Heron H. and MV. Maya Prince. The colonial government erected a rice-mil and a warehouse […]
Falkland Islands raises awareness on sovereignty dispute
Most people who know of the Falkland Islands may have linked the name to the Falkland War, which occurred in 1982. The truth is most people don’t know much of the tiny nation struggling to establish its identity and are only aware that the war was ignited by Argentina’s claim […]
Chawla’s rice heads back to Guyana
Jack Charles’ three containers of imported Guyanese rice, which the Courts ruled had to leave Belize, are on their way back to Guyana. The re-exportation is barely within the Wednesday deadline granted by the Supreme Court for the grain to leave, or consequently be taken […]
Supporters of the UDP government were surprised and shocked to learn that a Minister of this administration had tried to dispossess a land-owner of a portion of his land on Ambergris Caye. This is the kind of dirty trick which used to characterize the work of the PUP, which would […]
Back to jail without bail
In yet another twist to the ongoing murder plot investigation involving Bradley Paumen, additional charges were brought against him, one of his employees and two others on Thursday. At 5:20 p.m. Thursday, friends of Paumen sat inside the courtroom of Magistrate Albert Hoare as Dark Night employees gathered outside and […]
Free Zone warehouse burns twice
P & P Home Depot, a three-story warehouse which stored children’s bicycles, clothing and toys at the Corozal Free Zone, made news this week for catching fire, twice! The original blaze started at around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Three fire trucks responded, according to […]
Corozal’s first murder is 12th of the year
The Corozal district recorded its first murder of the year this week, becoming the last of the six districts to see a murder, in what has turned out to be a bloody January, with 12 murders already on record. On Wednesday morning 29-year-old Paul Messam […]
Home invasion leaves one man dead; one critical
A home invasion in Belize City on Wednesday left one man dead and another – a well-known doctor, in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Dr. Marcus Rugama, urologist, was admitted to ward on Wednesday with a single stab wound to […]
Mexican and Orange Walk police capture wanted murderer
A joint operation between the Mexican police of Chetumal, Quintana Roo and Belizean police of Orange Walk town has led to the capture of the man wanted for the murder of the Vice Chairman of Indian Church village, Orange Walk. 59 year-old Juan Carlos Lopez […]
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PUP holds Leadership Convention on Sunday
On Sunday, January 31st, 2016 over 2,900 delegates of the People’s United Party will gather at the Belmopan Comprehensive School in the capital city of Belmopan to participate in a historic Leadership Convention that will elect a leader for the Party and members of the national executive. The candidates for leadership, Hon. Francis Fonseca, Hon. John Briceño and Hon. Cordel Hyde have been canvassing the entire country, meeting the delegates and offering their plans and ideas to move the Party forward. The national executive posts that will be up for elections are Deputy Leader North, Deputy Leader South, Party Chairman and Communications Director. The candidates for those positions are Corozal South East Area Representative Hon. Florencio Marin Jr. and Orange Walk South Area Representative Hon. Jose Mai for Deputy Leader North; Toledo East Area Representative Hon. Michael Espat and Stann Creek West Area Representative Hon. Rodwell Ferguson for Deputy Leader South; Toledo West Area Representative Hon. Oscar Requena and Henry Usher for Party Chairman; and Dolores Balderamos Garcia and Anthony Mahler for Communications Director. The campaign has been colourful and energetic, both on the ground and on social media, with supporters from the different camps rooting for their candidate.
PUP holds Leadership Convention on Sunday
On Sunday, January 31st, 2016 over 2,900 delegates of the People’s United Party will gather at the Belmopan Comprehensive School in the capital city of Belmopan to participate in a historic Leadership Convention that will elect a leader for the Party and members of the national executive.
The candidates for leadership, Hon. Francis Fonseca, Hon. John Briceño and Hon. Cordel Hyde have been canvassing the entire country, meeting the delegates and offering their plans and ideas to move the Party forward.
The national executive posts that will be up for elections are Deputy Leader North, Deputy Leader South, Party Chairman and Communications Director.
The candidates for those positions are Corozal South East Area Representative Hon. Florencio Marin Jr. and Orange Walk South Area Representative Hon. Jose Mai for Deputy Leader North; Toledo East Area Representative Hon. Michael Espat and Stann Creek West Area Representative Hon. Rodwell Ferguson for Deputy Leader South; Toledo West Area Representative Hon. Oscar Requena and Henry Usher for Party Chairman; and Dolores Balderamos Garcia and Anthony Mahler for Communications Director.
Gapi Knows a Hitman
The next leader of the United Democratic Party, Gaspar Vega, who is currently the Deputy Prime Minister and at times Acting Prime Minister, has tried unsuccessfully to wiggle himself out of another horrible political controversy involving murder plots.
Vega, in defending himself before news reporters last week Friday, even went as far as to suggest that his former employee, the embattled Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos is a liar, accusing him of making an untrue statement before a Supreme Court Judge, which is tantamount to contempt of court.
The murder plots involve two wealthy Americans, Michael Modiri and Bradley Paumen, who own large tracts of land in the Mountain Pine Ridge Area. Since early 2013, the businessmen have been clashing over the use of each other’s land to access their property. That year, while Modiri was away, the Ministry of Lands acquired a portion of his land, allowing Paumen to utilise it and access his property. Upon returning to Belize, Modiri was startled when he found a road through his property and applied to the Court for an injunction against Paumen. During the court proceedings, he learnt that the land had actually been acquired by the Government. He then launched a successful legal challenge to the Government’s actions. This was most embarrassing to the Lands Ministry which was accused of acting unlawfully, unreasonably and arbitrarily, and then ordered to pay $15,000 as compensation to Modiri.
“…malicious, stinking UDP hand” targets outspoken Yhonie Rosado
The UDP Government is like a mob. Anyone who offers criticism or attempts dissension is dealt with a heavy blow. This week, businessman Yhonie Rosado felt just how petty and vindictive the Government is when officials of the UDP Belize City Council swarmed his business premises on the Phillip Goldson Highway, demanding that it be shut down.
The CitCo officials told Rosado that his business does not have a trade license therefore it shouldn’t be operating.
“I don’t know what they say really, but you can see that obviously, it is just a pure malicious, stinking UDP hand,” commented Rosado.
Rosado’s small business, a used tire shop named “Econo Tires”, has been operating for the last eight months. He does not have a trade license, but not for the fault of his. Rosado did apply for a trade license. In December, he paid the required $90 inspection fee and was told that he would be getting his official trade license certificate in about two weeks. He never got it.
Prepare for worse under the UDP
Where oh where has Petrocaribe gone…oh where oh where can it be?
Mr. Barrow is singing the Petrocaribe blues in 2016 and it sounds like a funeral march.
You see…in 2015 Mr. Barrow and his UDP were riding high and fancy thanks to hundreds of millions in Petrocaribe millions. There was no wrong they couldn’t correct, nothing and no election they couldn’t fix, nobody they couldn’t entice. But now it’s all done and karma is paying the PM a little visit.
Old people will tell you that the true measure of a man is how he handles adversity, not how pretty he looks with bulging coffers. Now, with empty pocket syndrome, Mr. Barrow is being measured and he’s not looking too great.
Think About It
Belize’s leading newspaper has written a damning Editorial exposing a frightening fact that Belize has lost half of the Sarstoon River to Guatemala, including the Sarstoon Island.
First, let us say we are the first ones to have carefully considered the facts that emerged last year August and came to this inescapable conclusion. The Editor of the BELIZE TIMES was among over one hundred citizens who went to Barranco Village and loaded a small flotilla led by Wil Maheia and the Territorial Volunteers.
It was a shocking experience to see, with our own eyes, the determined behavior of the Guatemalan armed forces and naval boats in jealousy, guarding what they claimed was their territorial waters inside our section of the Sarstoon River.
Up to that time the Belize government had been mocking and cursing the minor efforts of Wil Maheia to expose the behavior of Guatemala and the non-behavior of our government. Remember the Prime Minister’s blatant refusal to even offer a comment.
When the Honourable Madam Justice Sonya Young, in delivering her learned judgement, declared that “This is a strange tale…” she could not have possibly imagined how truly strange that said tale would eventually turn out to be.
The case was between two foreigners who were fighting over some valuable real estate in Belize. Seems both men had been able to acquire prime land in the historically rich area near the foot of the fabled Maya Mountains. The area is rich with flora, fauna and an intricate network of caves, some full with relics of the long gone Mayan civilization. The business website for the company of one of the men proudly boasts: “Also located on the property are numerous caves treasured with centuries-old Mayan artifacts, which not only underscore the historical importance of the area, but also provide visitors with a valuable insight on the underworld life of the early inhabitants of these caves. We have found evidence dating back 3,000- 5,000 B.C. to the Paleo-Indians who hunted the wooly mammoth & giant sloths. We have discovered an abundance of potteries and Lowe & clevis points (Maya spear point) dating to 600-900 A.D.”
The writing on the wall…
Political observers have already begun to brainstorm how the political landscape will be changing for both political parties over the next few months.
These observers are expecting seismic shifts where the PUP will begin to rise and the UDP will prepare for a heavy fall after eight years (three short terms) of rule.
The political pundits have concluded that despite the PUP’s present testy leadership race with a three-way competition and fiery supporters and campaigns from each camp, the Party will only come out stronger and more united. The truth is that no matter who wins on Sunday, the PUP needs Francis, Johnny and Cordel to be on the same page and on the same mission, united, to rid Belize of the UDP. The supporters of the PUP deserve no less of the men seeking their support.
Unity has evaded the PUP for too long, causing the Party to enter elections fragmented, under-resourced and not fully prepared. A house divided will not stand. The UDP, or at least Dean Barrow and his close political mercenary, Mark Espat, who has been fattened by taxpayers’ dollars, know how to exploit those weaknesses well.
ACC & Wesley tied for No. 1 spot
The undefeated Anglican Cathedral College boys and Wesley College boys have four wins apiece to lead the high school football competition.
ACC posted a 2-1 win on Monday over the Gwen Lizarraga High School boys with two goals by Christian Ancona and Akeem Sutherland. Hakeem Smith scored a consolation goal for Gwen Liz, but Gwen Liz’s top striker Naim “Nemo” Wilson will have to miss the next game, after he was sent off with a red card.
Wesley College boys posted a 6-0 win over the Belize High School boys on Saturday. Deandre “Dee-dee” Pitters scored a hat trick, blasting in the 1st goal and adding the 5th and 6th goals in the 2nd half. Devin Pablo scored the 2nd goal, Kermit Sutherland drove in the 3rd goal, and Shemar Thompson added a 4th goal.
Team Koop Sheet Metal wins Haulover-Boom canoe race
Team Koop Sheet Metal won the Haulover Bridge to Burrell Boom canoe race held by the Belize Canoe Association on Sunday morning.
The Belize Canoe Association organized the race to prepare paddlers for the grueling 4-day annual Ruta Maya River Challenge on the Baron Bliss Day weekend. The 3rd race in the series will be the Boom to Riverside Tavern race in February.
1st – Koop Sheet Metal- Jerry Rhaburn, Jerry Cante, Hener Cruz (2:08:53),
2nd – Belize Bank Bulldogs: Armin Lopez, Amado Lopez, Byron Cruz (2:09:07),
3rd – Team N.I.C.H.: Felix, Efrain and Alex Cruz (2:09:11),
4th – Programme for Belize: Chris Guydis, Wilberto Daniels, Kenrick Daniels (2:09:25),
5th – Westrac Nitro: Oscar Cordon, Erwin Cruz, Daniel Cruz – 2:09:30.
City Boys vs. Riverside Boys in U-15 football finals
The City Boys will take on the Hattieville River Side Boys in the upcoming Belize District Football Association’s (BDFA) under-15 championship final at the MCC Garden on Sunday morning, January 31; after both squads won big in the semifinals last Sunday.
City Boys are the No.1 seed with no losses. They blew away Face of Belize 3-0 with 3 goals in the 2nd half. Richard Hines scored first, Jaylen Babb booted in a 2nd goal and Kenny Linarez drilled in the 3rd goal.
Hon. Julius Espat calls out Ministry of Land’s foot-dragging
Cayo South Area Representative, Hon. Julius Espat, has called out the Ministry of Lands for foot-dragging and delaying the conclusion of amicable negotiations between the new sugar factory owners in the Cayo District, Santander, and 31 Valley of Peace farmers and their families for the transfer of lands.
The issue dates back to March 2014, when Santander, then known as Green Tropics, carried out spraying flights on their property which damaged the farmers’ nearby crops. The farmers have been utilising the land for many years, but Green Tropics claimed that they were illegally encroaching. The dispute could have gotten very ugly, and it appeared to be heading in that direction, but Santander’s human compassion prevailed and they offered to assist the farmers by relocating them and providing land titles.
Santander has done the necessary procedures to effect the land transfers, but the Ministry of Lands seems to care little for the poor farmers. If the Ministry was catering to rich investors the work would likely have been completed much faster, but this is not the case.
Dangriga vendors to challenge Mayor Humphreys in Court
Vendors in Dangriga Town who have been negatively affected by the Town Council’s decision to declare an area on privately-owned land as a “No Vending Zone”, say they will challenge the Mayor and Council’s in Court.
The vendors, mostly hard working mothers, are furious after the UDP-elected Council prohibited their use of an area on North Stann Creek Riverside Street for vending of fruits, vegetables and other small items. They have been doing business there for over four years, and the current Mayor and Town Council even collected peddler’s fees from them.
The vendors said that Mayor Francis Humphreys suddenly turned on them, informing them that he doesn’t want them to sell in the area anymore, so they were forced to leave. Humphreys met with the vendors and promised that he would build stalls for them elsewhere if they agreed to move. The vendors accepted, but say that the Mayor hasn’t kept his promise.
Paul Massam murdered in Corozal – His brother, Mark, was chopped to death one year ago
Police are investigating the shooting murder of 29 year old Paul Massam which occurred in Corozal Town on the morning of Wednesday, January 27th.
Massam, according to reports, was sitting on the steps of a verandah at a house located on V Street North, when a man armed with a gun approached him and fired several shots at him.
He received gunshot wounds to the left and right side of his face and on his left hand.
It is not known what Massam was doing at the address at the time, since he resides on Bocotora Street in Corozal Town.
A Good Leader
The PUP will elect a leader on January 31st, to take it into the months and years ahead. It’s therefore opportune to look at some of the things that made persons such as George Price, Norman Manley, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Kennedy successful leaders in their respective countries.
A leader outlines practical plans to the people to enable them to enjoy a better life. He is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo in which the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. A good leader is therefore committed to addressing the needs of the people for jobs, land, proper housing, a better education, security, and twenty-four hours access to utilities such as water, telephone and electricity among other needs.
A leader is resourceful. He knows how to make maximize use of the human and material resources that are available to him. He does not sit around and wait for things to happen. If he doesn’t have the funds to get essential things done, he exhausts every possible way of raising funds for the just cause. A leader also knows how to utilise the media, public meetings, and street protests to pursue the best interest of the people, and he knows how to work with the trade unions and other Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) to advance the cause of the masses.
Guatemalan woman reports husband missing in Cayo
Police are asking the public for assistance in locating a Guatemalan national believed to have gone missing in Belize.
On Wednesday, 27th January, 2016 35-year-old Clementa Hernandez Vasquez, a Guatemalan national of Melchor, reported to Police that her husband, 37-year-old Mynor Salvador Bala, was missing.
Vasquez reported that on Sunday, 24th January, at 8:00a.m., her husband left home in Melchor De Mencos enroute to Cayo to sell Avon products and since making her report he has not returned.
Bala is described as weighing approximately 145pounds, being 5ft 7ins in height, having brown skin, low black hair, and a tattoo on the left arm of a snake.
Malfeasance in Belize: Only taxpayers suffer
To be, or not to be? That is the question—whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them? (William Shakespeare).
In the recent past several damning comments have been uttered regarding the Lands Department of Belize: of it being a “cesspool of corruption”; that “only God can clean up the corruption”, and I am sure you will be able to plug your perception or experience in this regard.
Malfeasance speaks to the wilful, illegal, dishonest activity of a public official in the discharge of his public duty. Lawsuits against the Government of Belize have become a common occurrence. Regrettably the end result is also common, where, high-powered attorneys become richer and taxpayers are held accountable to pay for damages. Malfeasance is synonymous with the more derogatory term “corruption”. While I celebrate the fortitude of the wealthy to challenge the injustices of the State, I also recognize the helplessness of the poverty-stricken who remain without a “David”, without a champion.
Burglary turns deadly for victim
One city resident is dead, while another is hospitalised after an armed burglary at a residence on Simon Lamb Street turned violent and fatal on the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
44 year old Dr. Marcos Rugama Miranda is hospitalised and receiving treatment for stabbing injuries he received yesterday as two men attempted to burglarise his house. Miranda’s friend, 37 year old Ian Robert Blair, was fatally stabbed in the chest during the assault.
According to Miranda, he went on his backyard to pick in clothes and upon returning inside his home, he noticed that two men of dark complexion were inside, with what appeared to be a firearm and knife, attacking Blair inside the bedroom.
Ombudsman turned blind eye to Castro, Penner scandals
The Opposition People’s United Party did not support a motion presented by Prime Minister Dean Barrow before the House of Representatives last week Friday, January 22nd, 2016, seeking approval for the re-appointment of Lionel Arzu as Ombudsman for another year.
Opposition Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca raised concerns about Arzu’s effectiveness as Ombudsman.
“This is not a motion that we can support on this side of the House. Over the past few years that Mr. Arzu has served as Ombudsman, our colleagues have complained of the level of inactivity and ineffectiveness of his office. Our sense is that he does not enjoy, as Ombudsman, the level of trust and confidence that his predecessors enjoyed,” stated Hon. Fonseca.
PM Barrow disagreed, of course, and the UDP’s majority side proceeded to approve the re-appointment.
The UDP media, Channel 7, spread the propaganda that the Opposition was “bashing” the Ombudsman. But Channel 7 made no effort to look into the concerns raised by the Opposition Leader.
Those concerns are very valid.
Santander says dealing with Ministry of Lands is “a battle”
Dear Hon. Julius Espat,
Greetings to you from the Santander Group. Please accept our wishes for a Happy, Productive and Prosperous New Year!
I am taking this opportunity to write you so as to share the many challenges we are facing in relation to the transfer of lands to the Valley of Peace Farmers Association. As you probably know, this process is very cumbersome and needless to say without proper and comprehensive guidance as to the full process by the Ministry. We have engaged the Lands Department and its officials to expedite the process shortly after we came to an agreement with the association in late 2014. To date, it is still an ongoing battle.
Since April of 2015, we completed what we thought were all the documentation required and made submission to the Department to subdivide/mutate the parcel of land that we had agreed in principle to be gifted to the Association. With months of back and forth and misplaced documentations (applications forms, surveys, zero balance tax statements, etc.) provided to the Land Department, we were finally granted the Final Approval to Subdivide in October 2015.
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