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The San Pedro Sun
Two off-duty San Pedro police officers allegedly involved in shooting incident
A shooting incident involving two off-duty police officers attached to the San Pedro Police Formation is being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch (PSB). The incident reportedly left 20-year-old Poleto August of the DFC subdivision with a cut wound over his left eye.
The official report says that the incident took place at a local bar located on Glitter Street in San Pedro Town. Investigation reveals that about 12 AM, two off-duty police officers were socializing at the bar when an altercation ensued between August and the officers. August was allegedly injured by one of the officers , and because of that, patrons inside the bar started to harass the officers, who then stepped out of the bar. The officers walked onto the street, and shots were heard, shortly after. When police arrived they found two 9mm shells on the street in front of the bar. The 9mm firearm that was allegedly fired was retrieved for testing.
Minutes after, police, acting on information received, visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where they observed August suffering from an injury to the left eye. His injury was certified as wounding and the matter was then handed over to the PSB for investigation.
Belize Chocolate Company announces “Go Straw-Less” campaign
With the aim of reducing the amount of plastic straws in the marine environment, The Belize Chocolate Company (BCC) has announced that it will start a “Go Straw-Less” campaign on Sunday, October 1st. The BCC is encouraging all their customers that buy a milk shake or cold drink to go straw-less. In return, for every customer that does so, the company will be donating $1 to Oceana Belize.
Prime Minister says Petrocaribe will re-start in October; fuel prices expected to moderate
On Thursday, September 21st, during his Independence Day address, the Prime Minister of Belize, Right Honourable Dean Barrow announced that the Petrocaribe Program will start back up next month. The program, through which Belize had been purchasing fuel from Venezuela under conditions of preferential payments, was suspended on Thursday, September 14th, due to ‘unreliability.’ This prompted a high-level delegation from the South American country to visit Belize on Monday, September 18 th, where new arrangements were made to continue the program.
Health Concerns Over Burning Of Hazardous Waste In South Ambergris
“We take proper procedures and have trained the red waste handlers on how to properly dispose and burn it,” stated Dr. Javier Zuniga. “The waste is burned at extreme temperatures to properly kill all bacteria and the smoke is taken up into the upper atmosphere where it poses no health issues to island residents.”
According to Dr. Zuniga, this practice is not isolated to Ambergris Caye as many other communities around the country practice the same outdoor/isolated burning of medical waste. The only medical incinerator is located in Belize City but most medical waste from around the country cannot be properly transported for long distances. From Ambergris Caye, transporting over the water is not an option.
Go Turtle Go!!! PIC OF THE WEEK
“There have been a lot of turtles these days drifting by the shore line, and today will make it turtle number 3, two yesterday and one today,” commented Eric Henkis on his Facebook profile page. He posted this picture of him releasing a third sea turtle that he has found adrift on the shore. Lucky for the turtle, islanders know if the importance of protecting them and keeping them alive. It was released safely by the REEF....Go turtle, Go!!!
BEL Assists British Virgin Islands With Hurricane Restoration
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) deployed a team of five linemen to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on Monday, September 25, 2017, to assist the BVI Electricity Corporation with power restoration efforts following the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which battered the group of islands on August 29 and September 18, respectively.
San Pedro / Mexico Humanitarian Fundraising Drive
The San Pedro Town Council, in collaboration with the San Pedro Lion’s Club, Projects Abroad, Sage Brush and the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross have embarked in a massive humanitarian fundraiser geared at providing some disaster relief to our Mexican brothers and sisters. The event is set for Saturday, September 30. For further information you can contact Jorge Aldana at the San Pedro Town Council at 226-2788 or 226-2936 or cell 634-1171/662-0143.
Misc Belizean Sources
BATTLE OF ST. GEORGE'S CAYE DAY 2017
San Pedro, 84 Photos
2nd Poktapok Worldcup
Arrival at Guatemala City for the 2nd Poktapok Worldcup! Thank you all who made this possible!
See & Taste Belize 2017 Festival in Miami
You are invited to the upcoming See & Taste Belize 2017 Festival, October 7th, 2017 in Miami, Florida!
See & Taste Belize Inc., co-hosted by the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Spouse of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, along with its partners, The Belize Tourism Board, BELTRAIDE and NICH, will be hosting its second See and Taste Belize Festival at the Florida International University Kovens Center, to raise funds for the Inspiration Center of Belize, who takes care for the children with disabilities of Belize.
Reina's Pastries BBQ and Pastry Fundraiser
Saturday and Sunday we will be doing a BBQ & Pastries Fundraiser SALE to HELP MRS.REINA PATT (meat pie lady) get a EYE SURGERY. Plz COME OUT AND SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE.
Illegal Loggers Arrested & Fined for Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce
Pablo Valladarez, a 47-year-old resident of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District, was fined $22,838 for illegal possession of Mahogany yesterday. Police and Forest Department officials intercepted Valladarez, Catalino Copo, Nelson Mosa, and Aurelio Mai, residents of Guinea Grass and Santa Martha villages, hauling illegally harvested Mahogany on the Old Northern Highway, Orange Walk District, on 24th September 2017.
The Forest Department confiscated 34 unstamped Mahogany logs, equivalent to 1268.8 board feet, and charged the four men for “Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce” under the Forest Act of 2000 and its 2017 Amendment. On 27th September, the men appeared before Magistrate A. Hoare in the Orange Walk Magistrate Court, where Valladarez pleaded guilty to the charges. As a result, Valladarez may face five years imprisonment if he is unable to pay the fine by 31st January 2018.
Minister Responsible for Home Affairs, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Opens 1st EU-CELAC Citizen Security Seminar
Minister of State of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Honourable Elodio Aragon Jr., delivered opening remarks today at the first ever European Union- Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) Citizen Security Seminar being held from the 27-28 September 2017 in The Hague, the Netherlands. Belize is currently the CELAC Co-Coordinator, along with the Republic of Panama, of Chapter 10 on Citizen Security of the EU-CELAC Action Plan; the EU-CELAC Citizen Security Seminar is the first of its kind, joining the entire Latin America & Caribbean region with the European Union in order to provide a forum where both regions can enter into discourse with the aim to share best practices and experiences, further mutual understanding, and take stock of past actions while identifying new possible avenues for cooperation.
Free rabies clinics in Cayo
BAHA, World Rabies Day
Beach Party at Orchid Bay
This Sunday, October 1st at Orchid Bay! The biggest beach Party Ever! FREE!
Bring your friends and family to the beach! Relax in the shade to the sounds of the Youth Connection Band! Drink tons of Belikins ONLY $20 bz for 7 of them!
Drink Caribbean Rum for only $5 bz.
Don't miss an appearance by Supa G at 5 PM.
Tell your friends, and don't miss this party!
No outside food and drinks allowed!
The Belize History Association (BHA) in collaboration with the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and other partners will host its fourth Annual September Lecture as part of the 2017 September Celebrations.
The lecture entitled “Youth Perspectives on the Belize-Guatemala Dispute and the ICJ” will feature presentations by tertiary level students. They will discuss the pros and cons of submitting the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. The lecture will take at The George Price Center, in the City of Belmopan on Friday September 29, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The lecture shall be broadcasted live on national radio.
San Pedro Magic Show
Attention San Pedro! We're hosting our spectacular, awe-inspiring magic show again this year in partnership with Intermagia! And it's not just for kids — adults equally enjoyed our shows last year. This year we'll host three shows (instead of two) for both kids & adults at Paradise Theater: Tues, Oct 3rd 5:30 & 7:30 and Wed, Oct 4th at 6 p.m. $10 for kids and $20 for adults.
Laugh Out Loud weekend at PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE
This Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th with the live musical comedy show of "EDWIN CHAPASHOW" starting at 10:00 p.m. No cover! Come and have a great and fun time.
Kelvin is Safe, Sound And At Home
Kelvin Usher has been found - and is safe at home with his family tonight. The news blazed out early this morning around 7:30 that he had been found alive on the old Northern Highway. His father is the one who collected him and brought him directly to their Sibun Street home in Belize City. That's where ACP Chester Williams was the first to go to the house to interview him. Today at a press conference called by the Prime Minister, Williams outlined the narrative that the 17 year old gave him:...
ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Professional Standards Branch:
"In my discussion with Kelvin Usher this morning, he confirmed that he indeed heard shots fired and subsequent to hearing the shots fired he took off in the bushes. He continue by saying that he spent the entire 3-4 days in the bushes and it was until this morning that he watch the sun rising and he decided to follow the sun, knowing that the sun will rise from the east and his way out of the farm would be east. He said in following the sun he came upon a farm road which took him to 2 other subsequent farm roads and eventually to the old northern highway in the general vicinity of where he had escaped from the police and while there waiting he saw his father vehicle coming and stopped his father, he got into the vehicle and they came to Belize City."
PM Says GSU Is Being Looked At, For Re-purposing
The story bears some scrutiny, but most folks are just too happy that he's been found alive to really question the narrative. For the Barrow Administration, it is a big pressure release - since the government was being blamed for letting so-called GSU killers run loose. Now that's not what happened, but the Prime Minister made it clear that the government is attuned to public sentiment which doesn't have much sympathy for the GSU.
Today he said the unit may have to be re-purposed. But first he commented generally on the state of affairs:...
Kelvin Will Not Be Charged
Now, the question many are asking is will this youth be charged? He was with his father who was arrested for for marijuana cultivation on Sunday. Kelvin ran - and re-surfaced today - while his father was arrested and went to court on Monday.
So are there pending charges for this minor? The Prime Minister said it is unlikely:
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"Will there be charges for the minor since there were charges for his father and the allegation yet unproven is that he was at a place where marijuana cultivation?"
Is Kelvin Usher Protest Really Just Venting Against Barrow Admin.?
Now, while Kelvin is home, and he does not face criminal charges - still there's a lot of anger out there - and its directed at the GSU and the Government.
Today, for example, a march for peace - that had been planned yesterday - was still held in Belize City. And right now, there is an ongoing vigil at the Battlefield Park. We asked the Prime Minister how much of this is fuel by resentment for the government of the day:...
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"Are you concern, because I am told they still intend to have a march and vigil this evening, that there is so much built up resentment for your government that does not have any means of expression that it has all coalesce behind this issue which even though the issue has now been vacated, the groundswell remains. People want to go out and protest."
When Kelvin Came Home
And so the vigil for Kelvin is ongoing at this hour - our news team is there - and they tell us he has just arrived at the Battlefield Park.
We'll have coverage of that later on in the news when our team returns - but the excitement started this morning when he arrived to his Sibun Street home.
There was a kind of impromptu street celebration. The family asked our news team to give the family some privacy and not tape. But Courtney Weatherburne has been able to put together Facebook video and pictures to show what it was like. She also spoke to Kelvin's mother about how it feels to have her son back home:...
PM Commits To Lower Fuel Price
Fuel prices - no matter where you live in Belize, and no matter how much money you make, those pump prices are a killer!
And that's why the Chamber of commerce sent out a release yesterday saying that taxes on fuel are too high.
Well, today the Prime Minister said that those prices are coming down by mid-October. For background he explained that the inconsistency in supply form Venezuela has forced costly last minute purchase, but that will be regularized once Petrocaribe comes back on stream:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow- Prime Minister:
"Precisely because of the instability of the supply that we were getting from Venezuela. What would happen was that at the very last minute, we would be told the amount that you ordered, Venezuela can't find. It caused, then, the importer to have to scramble to make last minute purchases to make up for the significant shortfalls. The last-minute purchases are at a higher rate than if you plan and if you place your volume orders well in advance. The last-minute purchases also meant that you had to, as well..."
PM Comments on Stalled Amy Forte Case
The Prime Minister also commented on the stalled Amy Forte case. He's the one who put out the release three weeks ago saying, quote, "the charge of fraud raised by Ms. Forte is credible." This is after he reviewed a preliminary report form a handwriting expert.
Well, that credible charge has flopped because Amy Forte does not want to make a formal police complaint. Today we asked the PM is that's left him kind of holding the bag:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow - Prime Minister:
"Miss Forte through her lawyer, it was only with the lawyer that I spoke, promised that there will be no difficulty in giving the police a statement. I explained when the lawyer called me that I would move immediately to instruct the police to thoroughly pursue this matter but it would have to depend on Miss Forte furnishing the police with the material. Miss Forte has not done so, the police have tried, I believe suggestions as to taking the statement outside of the ordinary course of having her come to the station were mooted and still, she has proven unwilling. The police are therefore stymied, the police are therefore stalled."
Bad Cops and Cocaine
And while there's no compliant in that case - there's also none in the case of 4 SPU officers who are accused of stealing a drug runners cocaine stash and making off with it. But police don't have the cocaine and the person whom it was stolen form also doesn't want to make a complaint. So, they basically have allegations of wrongdoing. Today the Commander of the Professional Standards Branch told us what they know so far:...
ACP Chester Williams:
"We have received information that sometime in June of this year, elements of the special patrol unit went on a drug operation in the Santa Elena area of Cayo District and that operation yielded a number of parcels of cocaine, which the officers from investigation did not turn up at the police station or at the exhibit room and neither did they charge anybody in respect of those drugs."
Cops Who Refused to Pay For Chow Mein Will Be Charged
But criminal - not disciplinary - charges are pending for the off duty cops who refused to pay for a Chicken Chow Mein at New Asia restaurant, and then pulled out a weapon on the security guard, the patrons, and the owners - making them outlaw malpagos.
Today, ACP Williams reviewed their case and said only one of them was in the GREAT program:
ACP Chester Williams:
"There was only one officer who is part of the GREAT program who was a part of that and that is the Corporal, Corporal Parham. From investigations that have been conducted it revealed that on Tuesday night, the officer went to New Asia and ordered food. Having obtained the food there was a dispute because ..."
Problem Pair of Pistolero Police on Pedro
And Williams also discussed the case in San Pedro town where two off duty police officers got lawless in a bar. They got into an altercation, and when the crowd RUSHED THEM, THEY WENT OUTSIDE AND ALLEGEDLY DISCHARGED A FIREARM. Williams told us what police know so far:...
ACP Chester Williams:
"There were 2 officers who went to a club on Glitter Street and while inside the club they had a dispute with one Rolito August. That disagreement ended up in the officer allegedly causing injuries to August to the extent of wounding. And August had made a report to the police in San Pedro and that report has been forwarded to my office. It is also allege that after the incident occurred with August that the officers were attacked by patrons of the club and that resulted in officers discharging their weapon. So the report has been obtained and I will be reviewing the file tomorrow and give a directive where that is concerned, but more than likely from what I have read and what I had been briefed the officers should be charged for wounding the least, hopefully sometime next week."
Why Was Scenes of Crime Technician Shot?
And in the police news, tonight, Brian Lopez, a Scenes of Crime technician, is recovering at his home in Ladyville after he was shot in the head last night by an assailant wielding a shot gun.
Now, Scenes of Crimes technicians are the civilian staff members who work alongside the police whenever there is any evidence gathering that needs to take place at a crime scene.
Just before midnight, Lopez was walking on Mamie Road in Ladyville. He was on the way home, after a colleague dropped him off by vehicle.
That's when a dark-skinned man appeared out of the darkness and fired a shotgun blast at his head and fled the scene. Some of the pellets struck him in the head and neck, and he was rushed to the KHMH.
Kelvin Speaks Publicly For The First Time
At the top of the news, you've heard from everyone but Kelvin Usher, the 17 year-old young man who went missing near Lucky Strike Village for 4 days. His case even prompted Prime Minister Dean Barrow to call a press conference to announce the good news today.
So, what does the man about the country's collective concern for his safe return? Well, he spoke for the first time at a candle light vigil held in his honor in the Battlefield Park. Our news team only just returned, and we have his comments mostly unedited for you:
"Everybody who mi di look out fu me, who went out deh and search fu me, I neva mi know people mi love me like this [crowd cheers]. I love all of uno, I mi a do di same thing fu all of uno. Just give thanks."
BTL Making Investment in Future, But It Will Cost In Short Term
Last night at the Biltmore, BTL held its 11th annual General Meeting. The company paid out 45% of its 20 million dollars in profits, amounting to 10 million dollars in dividends. That's about 19 cents per share - down from 23 cents the year. That works out to a return of just under 4% annually - which is better than the commercial banks - but far from the company's heyday in the 90's when it had a monopoly and paid as much as a 25% annual return.
But the 1990's are long way from 2017, when long distance communication, phone calls and text messaging have been replaced by data services such as WhatsApp and Viber.
To compete in this changing landscape, BTL's CEO told shareholders last night that the company must make a 96 million dollar investment which will keep profits in the low side for a few years:
BTL Profits Slip Slightly
As we noted at the top of the story, BTL's net profit was 20.5 million dollars, down almost 2 million from the previous year. The CEO says it's because of depreciation, while noting that overall revenue went up by about half a million dollars to 148 million:
Rochus Schreiber, BTL CEO:
"The net operating profit, which went down a little bit to $20 million, and then the third one is the EBITDA or the cash flow. The cash flow remained very strong and is performing very well. So the net income went down because of depreciation. However, the underlying performance of the company, the revenue, and the outflows, the spent on the operating costs remained very strong."
BTL Converting Huge Debt To Equity in Preference Shares
But there's a very large asterisk beside that net profit figure - because BTL was on track to book a 73 million dollar debt. That's the amount arising from an arbitration award payment to the Ashcroft Alliance to settle a mortgage debenture. Government has agreed to consider waiving 25 million dollars of that - still leaving BTL with a debt of 48.5 million dollars.
That would have swamped BTL in debt, but they came up with what may best be called a creative accounting treatment to convert that debt into equity.
A special resolution to amend the articles of association had to be passed to make that happen. Chairman Nestor Vasquez explained the unusual transaction to shareholders:
PM Approves Debt for Equity Swap
Today we asked the Prime Minister about the government end of that deal, and he said he is as pleased as pie:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"What's not to like about that? The preference shares we had agreed to the servicing of the debt at rates that would not give us the return that the preference shares will give us. So, we do not see that we are in anyway selling ourselves or the nation short. But, converting to equity naturally helps the balance sheet of BTL. You know that they are launching this massive national broadband plan. And they have to borrow a great deal of money, I think ultimately like $90 million to ensure that this fiber connectivity to the home blankets the country and will be as successful as one can ever imagine."
Ruction on North Creek
This afternoon around 4:00, right in the midst of all the excitement of Kelvin Usher's return, North Creek Alley residents were up in arms because the police roughed them up and fired shots in the alley. The residents called us out and here is what they had to say.
The Alley is right next to the Queen Square Primary School. Residents say this is not the first time their alley was raided by police.
PM Says He's Willing to Compromise On A Senate Select Timeline
Today, the media also got to ask the Prime Minster about the controversy over the cap on spending for the Senate Inquiry into Immigration affairs.
The social partners have rejected the PM's announcement that he will give no funding past November.
The Chamber of Commerce sent the PM a strong letter bitterly opposing that decision. Today he said he is willing to consider a compromise:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"I have responded to the chamber and I have pointed out to them that the position they took in their letter to me, if pushed to its logical conclusion would mean that government would be obliged to provide a blank check for the Senate inquiry and that that certainly could not be consistent with accountability and with proper budgeting."
What About Criminal Action for Immigration Wrongdoings?
And now back to those hearings themselvesâ€¦In last night's news, we showed you excerpts from the conversation that Immigration Director Diana Locke had with the Senate on her third day as a witness on the stand.
And that was a long day; 4 hours of testimony, and the Senate Select Committee still wants her return next week Wednesday for another session.
They want to finish up their conversation with her on the Auditor General's recommendations which she made in the 3 volumes of her report on Immigration.
And,1 key recommendation calls for the police to be activated to investigate the volumes of irregularities her report outlines. Police Commissioner Allen Whylie has already told the Senate that he is waiting for their report from these Hearings before he and the police department take action. And yesterday, the Committee wanted Director Locke's opinion on this call for criminal action into the Auditor General's findings.
Should Fraudulent Documents Be Revoked?
Another important recommendation from the Auditor General is that the Director should ensure the cancellation of passports and nationality certificates for every applicant who was granted these immigration documents through fraudulent means.
That would be a serious and very decisive statement against the holders of these types of documents, and so, the Senate asked the Immigration Director about that. Here's here response:
What Will Come Out Of Senate Hearings?
And Business Senator Mark Lizarraga told the press after the hearing that these recommendations need to be followed through on to validate the Auditor General's report and the Senate Hearings. For 10 months that the nation has been watching these hearings live, there is cynical concern is that it will be a giant waste of time because nobody will be held accountable for all the wrongs at the immigration department.
Senator Lizarraga, who acted as the Protem Chairman in yesterday's hearing, told us that the director's comments on these recommendations indicates more clearly who is responsible for carrying through to ensure that there is a criminal investigation - and that fraudulent immigration documents are canceled. Here's how he explained it:
Cattle Rancher Missing After Running From Gunmen
And finally tonight, police from the Dangriga formation have spent the past four hours or so looking for a man who was the victim of an armed assault of mile 18 on the Valley Road this evening.
At around 4:30 - the man, who is a butcher from Bullet Tree in the Cayo District was in the area to inquire about a cattle purchase. They were walking to the area when two men appeared, and one of them pulled out a gun and opened fire on the pair. They ran in different directions. One of the men has been found, and he told police he saw his partner get shot. But despite intensive search efforts, police could not find the other man, and the area is a thick jungle. They retired late tonight will resume the search early tomorrow.
Vigil at Battlefield Gives Thanks for Return of Kelvin Usher
At this time, a vigil is taking place at Battlefield Park where family, friends and peers of Kelvin Usher have gathered to give thanks for his safe return. Usher surfaced [...]
Mother Karima Williams Overwhelmed and Relieved
As we said, tonight Kelvin Usher is safe at home, reunited with his family. Missing since Sunday, the teenager surfaced this morning, according to police, not far from where he [...]
Lost Teen ‘Followed the Sun’ to Come Home
At a press conference held by Prime Minister Barrow this afternoon, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams recounted parts of Kelvin Usher’s disappearance, following a debriefing at the Raccoon Street [...]
No Police Involvement; G.S.U. Best Practices to be Reviewed
During the interrogation by ACP Williams this morning, Usher was asked several questions pertaining to the incident, particularly whether he was roughed up by the officers or had been held [...]
P.M. Absolves Kelvin – No Charges!
So, with all the drama of Kelvin’s disappearance finally over, will he face similar drug related-charges that were levied against his father on Monday? It’s a question that was posed [...]
Junior Collegians Call Out S.J.C., Skip Classes
On Wednesday, students from SJC JC took the streets in an impromptu protest seeking answers on the disappearance of a student of the premier institution. It was a most significant [...]
P.M. Barrow Looks for Changes in G.S.U.
The Gang Suppression Unit, with all the flak that it has received since being established, is completely off the hook in the Kelvin Usher debacle. Prime Minister Barrow made that [...]
S.P.U. Accused in Latest Menace Near School
But even as Prime Minister Dean Barrow was addressing the nation and promising reformation of the Gang Suppression Unit, members of the police department were menacing residents of south side [...]
Fuel Prices Going Down “Soon, Soon”
As fuel prices skyrocket, the government is sticking to its guns that its share of taxes is not responsible for the steady increases in prices and is promising a reduction [...]
Thumbs Up for Franz Parke
Turning to judicial matters, the appointment of Franz Parke as a Justice of the Court of Appeal is going through. The Jamaican-American has legal qualification from the University of the [...]
Why No Statement, Amy Forte?
Through her attorney, she approached Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s office to clear her good name in relation to a land transaction involving the son of ex-Lands Minister Gaspar Vega. But [...]
B.T.L. Gets a Boost from G.O.B.
After an uptick in 2016, Belize Telemedia Limited is reporting less profit in 2017 of just over twenty million dollars. At the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday evening, it [...]
Disciplinary, Not Criminal Charges for Cops Who Stole Coke
Rogue officers continue to make headlines after a number of cases involving law-breaking policemen have been reported. Three members of the Special Patrol Unit are under investigation tonight and it [...]
Criminal Charges for Corporal Who Drew Gun in New Asia Restaurant
A wild night on the town on Tuesday will result in criminal charges being brought against two police officers who were involved in an incident inside a Chinese restaurant. During [...]
Bar Brawl Charges Coming in San Pedro
While the commander of the Professional Standards Branch is busy with internal investigations, there is one more incident that’s presently being looked into. A pair of off-duty officers were involved [...]
Immigration to Assist Police in Criminal Investigation
The majority of the recommendations made by the Senate Special Select Committee is either accepted or in some cases has already been implemented in one form or another. But Director [...]
Who Will Bell the Immigration Cat?
It has been a particular practice of Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga to go through the Auditor General’s recommendations across her three-volume report with all of the witnesses, where possible, [...]
Are New Belizeans Renouncing Guatemala?
Because of the relationship between Belize and Guatemala, the road to acquiring Belizean citizenship by Guatemalans is somewhat complicated. The Guatemalan national must sign a renunciation form in Belize and [...]
No Blank Cheques for Senate Inquiry
There has been widespread objection to Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s decision to disallow further allocations from the budget for the Senate Special Select Committee. The last allocation approved in August [...]
Hiccups Found after Immigration Promotions
Earlier this year, there were rumblings in the Immigration Department after twenty-nine officers were slated for promotion despite concerns about their worth. Minister of State Beverly Williams assured News Five [...]
Healthy Living: What You Should Ask Your Pharmacist
They are one of the key members of your healthcare team yet we very often simplify their role in our care. After seeing the doctor and getting your diagnosis; you’re [...]
Pesero Viciously Beaten In Robbery In Ranchito Village
A pesero from Ranchito Village was the victim of a brutal assault and robbery that occurred in the wee hours of this morning.
Reports to CTV-3 news are that well-known money exchanger Everaldo Magana was leaving his home in Ranchito Village early this morning when he was ambushed by a group of three men. The men, who were armed, ordered that he hand over money that he had in his possession, and began to viciously assault him. We understand he suffered major injuries to his face and head. The robbers then left with an undisclosed amount of money.
BTL faces stiff competition from Social Media
The Belize Telemedia Limited, held its annual general meeting last night in Belize City. Discussed during the meeting is the performance of the company for 2016-2017 fiscal year. CEO Rochus Schreiber spoke to the media. Rochus Schreiber – CEO of BTL “Well when you look at telecommunication companies there are several metrics that you have […]
PM Barrow comments on GSU
As we told you earlier, the Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a press where he addressed the situation that has captured national attention and has once more placed the Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit in the forefront and not for very constructive reasons. According to the PM, he met this morning with the Belize Police […]
PM Barrow comments on fuel prices
Fuel prices are at an all-time high but not for long says the Prime Minister. Importation of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe program was temporarily suspended. This led the government to import fuel from El Salvador, leading to the increase of fuel prices. However, today the Prime Minister told the press that fuel […]
PM Barrow comments on Forte’s case
Why hasn’t Amy Forte filed an official complaint with the Belize Police Department? The Major Crimes Unit of the Belize Police Department was tasked in investigating the allegation made by Forte but without her official complaint there is not much they can do. Forte named was called as the one who signed land documents. Through […]
Police’s list of misconduct gets longer
Police who are charged to uphold the law and keep the peace, of late, are acting in ways unbecoming of an officer. Today Assistant Commissioner of Police who heads the Professional Standards Branch, Chester Williams, spoke of an incident that took place a month ago in the western part of the country, where a number […]
Kelvin Usher returns
Seventeen-year-old Kelvin Usher has returned home. He was found sometime early this morning along the Old Northern Highway. (VO STARTS)He was taken to his Father’s house on Sibun Street in Belize City where a group of family, friends, and neighbors gathered while police personnel spoke with the family inside Usher’s house. In the meantime, the […]
Citizen Security Seminar unites Latin America and the Caribbean
Minister Elodio Aragon Jr., delivered opening remarks today at the first ever European Union – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, EU-CELAC, Citizen Security Seminar in the Hague, Netherlands. Belize is currently the CELAC Co-Coordinator, along with the Republic of Panama. The EU-CELAC Citizen Security Seminar is the first of its kind, joining the […]
Man remanded for rape
Twenty-two year old Martin Martinez, a security guard of a Tibruce Street address, was charged with 4 sexual offences when he appeared today before Magistrate Aretha Ford. The charges were rape, unlawful sexual intercourse and 2 counts of sexual assault. Magistrate Ford explained to Matinez that she will not take a plea because two of […]
Two fined over $4,000 each for illegal fishing
Two fishermen, 45 year old Ismael Vernon and 33 year old Pedro Trujeque, were each fined over $4,000 today by Magistrate Aretha Ford after they pled guilty several fisheries offences. Vernon and Trujeque pled guilty to possession of 37 parts of Logger Head Turtles. They were each fined $3,700 plus $5 court cost for them. […]
Man narrowly escapes death
Brian Lopez is lucky to be alive today after he was shot to the back of the head last night. Lopez who is from the Arizona Estate in Ladyville Village reported to police that he was walking on the Maime Road, when he was approached by a man who had what appeared to be a […]