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Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute participates in the Major aspects of the coastal environmental management Workshop
Representatives of Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) will be participating in the workshop “Major aspects of the coastal environmental management” to be held from 17th to 20th October in Kingston, Jamaica. The Workshop will include four days of theoretical and practical sessions to acknowledge the main sources of marine pollution in each country of the Caribbean Community. Its purpose is to develop a proposal of an environmental management instrument intended to improve marine environmental conditions of the participating countries.
San Pedro Remembers Faye Lin Cannon
In memory of Faye Lin Cannon a memorial ceremony was held on Saturday, October 14th, from 11pm to 2pm, at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town. The ceremony was organized by Faye’s adoptive father Dave Cannon. “The ceremony is for children and adults who want to send a message of love for my daughters,” said Dave. He is has been in Belize since the news of Faye Lins death. Dave Cannon is currently trying to obtain custody of Faye Lins three sisters but for the meantime they are still under the care of the Department of Human Services until further notice.
Everyone is welcomed to the Church of Christ, Iglesia de Cristo, just across the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in San Mateo Area for a seminar. The seminar will be held starting Sunday, October 22nd to Thursday, October 26th from 9AM to 3PM daily. Teaching will be provided by Mark Batteiger, education and preached for 30 years. Everyone is invite and lunch will be provided.
LOVE YOUR EYES! Come get them checked free of cost. A comprehensive eye exam by Stanford Ophthalmologists with state of the art equipment. Date: Monday October 23- Thursday October 26, 2017, Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please bring your Social Security Card or other I.D. Place: Belize Vision Clinic located at the Lions Den Clinic Ph: 669-8412
Arrivals to Belize Continue Steady Growth Path
For the first 9 months of 2017, the tourism arrivals continue to show a positive trend. The latest statistics show there was a 7.9% increase in Overnight arrivals in the month of September, representing an increase of over 1,400 visitors. In September 2017, arrivals through the International Airport increased only slightly, as the number of incoming flights were impacted by the threat of storms in the region in the early part of the month. An increase in the arrival of visitors thru the land borders in Northern and Western Belize assisted in these gains during September. The cumulative overnight arrival increase was 8.6% through the first 9 months of the year.
Arrivals To Belize Continue Steady Growth Path Overnight Arrivals
The Belize Tourism Board reports that for the first nine months of 2017, the tourism arrivals continue to show a positive trend. The latest statistics show there was a 7.9% increase in Overnight arrivals in the month of September, representing an increase of over 1,400 visitors.
In September 2017, arrivals through the International Airport increased only slightly, as the number of incoming flights were impacted by the threat of storms in the region in the early part of the month.
Misc Belizean Sources
Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute participates in the Major aspects of the coastal environmental management Workshop
Representatives of Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) will be participating in the workshop “Major aspects of the coastal environmental management” to be held from 17 to 20 October in Kingston, Jamaica. The Workshop will include four days of theoretical and practical sessions to acknowledge the main sources of marine pollution in each country of the Caribbean Community. Its purpose is to develop a proposal of an environmental management instrument intended to improve marine environmental conditions of the participating countries.
Staff from CZMA’s technical programs which includes: Mr. Samir Rosado (Coastal Planner), Mr. Gilbert Andrews (Environmental Lab Technician), and Mr. Victor Sho (Sport Fishing Coordinator) will engage in the workshop through assisting to the developing proposals that will better the Caribbean communities’ marine environmental conditions. By doing this, CZMAI intends to harbor awareness to occurring marine pollutions.
Arrivals to Belize Continue Steady Growth Path
For the first 9 months of 2017, the tourism arrivals continue to show a positive trend.The latest statistics show there was a 7.9% increase in Overnight arrivals in the month of September, representing an increase of over 1,400 visitors. In September 2017, arrivals through the International Airport increased only slightly, as the number of incoming flights were impacted by the threat of storms in the region in the early part of the month.
An increase in the arrival of visitors thru the land borders in Northern and Western Belize assisted in these gains during September. The cumulative overnight arrival increase was 8.6% through the first 9 months of the year.
Diabetes Run coming soon!!!
Only 17 more days to go. Register your teams today! It is only 23 miles from the Belmopan Market Square to our piece of Paradise: Palacios Mountain Retreat. We will have persons walking and running all 23 miles. Runners will be divided into marathon runners or relay runners. Register your team/s today. Call Brito at 6152249 for more information
Victoria House for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence
Voting ends soon! Please don't forget to vote for Victoria House for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence.
Shortlist voting will close on the 19th of October. We appreciate everyone's support immensely, and thank you so much to everyone who has already voted!
Benque Viejo cleanup!
Department of Youth Services and Benque community participating in the cleanup in Benque Viejo
Ya'axché Conservation Trust 2016 Annual Report
2016 was an incredible year for Ya’axché! We take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of the staff, board of directors, volunteers, partners and the kind funds received from our donors.
Learn more details of our impact by downloading our Annual Report at http://yaaxche.org/files/annual_report_2016.pdf. Enjoy!
2017 Central America Travel Market
The Central America Travel Market ( CATM ) was held in San Salvador from October 6 to 8, 2017. This regional tourism event, held in a different Central American country each year, has a main goal of promoting Tourism to the area. Participating countries this year included Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. Over 100 wholesalers from Europe, the US and South America and many international journalists attend this event each year in an effort to make new connections and contracts within Central America.
The Salvadoran Ministry of Tourism said CATM
"... will house more than 100 tourism companies in the region, and about 80 of whom are specialized multi - product buyers from Europe, South America and the United States, allowing for promotion of business relationships with tourism suppliers in Central America. "
The eleventh edition of the event was organized by the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador and the Federation of Chambers of Tourism of Central America (FEDECATUR) and the Central America Tourism Agency (CATA). The Belize Tourism Industry Association ( BTIA), being the representatives of CATA in Belize, spearheaded this initiative, whereby local tourism stakeholders could participate in the event.
LETTER FROM PRIME MINISTER RT. HON. DEAN BARROW TO PRESIDENT OF THE BNTU SENATOR ELENA SMITH
Thank you for your last letter of October 13, 2017, which I was made aware of by way of your media release.
Actually, I thought it was the letter from you to me of September 15, 2017, initiating this chain of correspondence, that was disrespectful. It was written in a peremptory, demanding and uncivil fashion. I nevertheless tried to avoid any similar vein of discourtesy in responding. Notwithstanding, you have tendentiously labeled my reply and that is unfortunate.
But let me turn to the substance of your request, the answers to which will underscore certain of the points I made last time.
1. As you, and all Belize, well know, the Senate Select Committee has been appointed and has been working now for almost a year.
San Pedro Breast Cancer Awareness Walk or Run 2017
It's here again! Our Breast Cancer Awareness Walk or Run 2017! SIGN UP NOW! Share with all your friends and family!
Last year we raised $3,645.25; let's try to go higher!
All proceeds will go towards the San Pedro Cancer Society.
Illegal dredging on Caye Caulker
Concerned residents of Caye Caulker want to know who is responsible for this dredging since the local authorities, the Caye Caulker Village Council had denied the request to allow it.
Dangriga canals a health risk?
Concerned residents of Dangriga are complaining about the status of the canals which have not been dredged in years and now poses a health risk. It has been years since any of the major drains in Dangriga has been properly cleaned. All the the drains needs to be cleaned as soon as possible. Because things will only get worse.
BTI - Belize Temptation Island - Silent Party
BTI - Belize Temptation Island - Silent Party PT 2. IS COMING DECEMBER 2, 2017!
Are you ready for host Instagram sensation Princemarni & Suzan #Mr.OxtailBone? Also check out co-host, the Bullie Queen, Ms Million herself, Tanya Carter.
And music? Well the versatile cast of DJs will keep your eardrums thumping all night no matter what your taste: No Fear Deejays, Ras & Jaro Fyahstatahsound., DJ Omar Habet and DJ Dzl.
Pre-sold tickets and section info coming in a couple weeks.
4th Annual East Indian Festival 2017
Sunday October 29th
Elridgeville Community Center.
Be sure to get a taste of all the delicious food that will be at the event:
CohuneCabbage, Tacari, Dahlroti, Chutney, Serosee,
Just to name a few
INDOOR FOOTBALL IS BACK in Corozal!
Referees Association for officiating our 3rd Edition Corozal Interoffice, Departments & Companies Fut 7 football tournament 2017- 2018. Games are every Thursday and Friday at 7pm. Credit Photo: Mr. Carlos Aka: Net Acosta Sr
TEDxBelmopan 2017 Success
Pictures from the TedxBelmopan, which was in Belmopan on September 30th.
Another Murder In The Jane Usher Area
As we told you last night, another man was killed was killed in the Jane Usher area of Belize City. It is the second murder there in a week - and last night on Mud Street, a killer went into 31-year-old Keith Middleton's family yard to execute him.
7News was on the scene last night and Sahar Vasquez has more:
Last night started out as an average night for Keith Middleton. He and a friend were outside in his yard socializing when 7 gunshots rang out. Those 7 gunshots were not random they were all aimed in the direction of Middleton and each shot pierced his body, killing him in his own yard. The yard he used to play in with his one-year-old son.
Almost Abducted, How Three Girls Escaped
The parents of the abducted El Progresso girls speak out tonight. As we told you, 3 girls - 2 sisters and one of their friends were on the way to school in the remote reaches of the Cayo District yesterday morning when a man kidnapped them. According to the girls - the man took off one of their uniform shirts to tie the feet of two of the girls. But one of the girls untied the other two and they escaped in a getaway that seems to come right out of a movie script. Now there are many details like this that still have to be verified but today we went to El Progresso to get the firsthand account of the story. Courtney Weatherburne has more.
Mexican President Will Co-Chair Summit in Belize
Belize has a very special guest coming to visit on October 25th. The President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto will make his first visit to Belize for a quick half day of official business.
He has been indicted by Prime Minister Dean Barrow to co-chair the fourth CARICOM- Mexico Summit to be held in Belize City.
At the Summit he is expected to endorse the importance of Mexico's cooperation with the Caribbean in security, climate change, and the prevention of natural disasters. His participation will underscore 35 years of friendly relations between Belize and Mexico.
Retirees Says Trust Is A Bust For Them
Last week, we reported extensively on the Public Sectors Workers Trust. That's the the entity set up by the BNTU and the PSU to manage the proceeds of more than half a million BTL shares. The Esquivel Administration gave the shares to the union as compensation to the teachers and public officers who had their wages and increments frozen between 1995 and 1997.
Now, the question of who is really entitled to the multi million dollars proceeds of those shares is a matter of contention.
On the one hand, you've got the public officers - thousands of them - who were employed at the time, and may still be in the public service, or have since retired.
On the other, you have the trustees - who are current members of the PSU and BNTU that are administering the trust.
Some of those retired public officers took the trust to court to argue that they should have the first say in how the trust's money is managed - when presently they have no say at all.
Union Pres Says Lots of Mischief Surrounds Trust
Now, the Public Sectors Workers Trust takes a very different view, of course. They say they are developing projects for the benefit of public officer, and add that auditors have twice given them a stamp of approval for sound management of the Trust.
President of the BNTU, Elena Smith says there's a lot mischief making out there:...
"Unfortunately, some of what is out there is plain mischief making, because we are well aware of the purpose of the trust and it was to put together projects for the beneficiaries of the trust. And so I want to make it clear that the BNTU has not gotten any monies from that trust to run our organization. Not to pay anybody, not for any strike, not to buy any t-shirts - nothing of that sort."
PM Sends Sharp Letter to BNTU
Keeping it on the BNTU, last night you heard the president explain that the union wrote to the Prime Minister last week Friday asking for an update on the eight demands coming out of their strike one year ago.
The union kind of scolded the PM, saying he had disrespected them and demanded a comprehensive update in a week's time, by this Friday October 20th.
Well, the Prime Minister wrote back to the Union today and opened by scolding them right back, saying, quote, "Actually, I thought it was the letter from you to me of September 15, 2017, initiating this chain of correspondence, that was disrespectful. It was written in a peremptory, demanding and uncivil fashion."
After that, the PM gets into the business of the letter, updating the union on each one of its eight demands.
COLA Demands Answers For Slain Activist
Tomorrow will make one week since 72 year old taxman and activist Albert Cattouse was killed and police have made no arrests.
Yesterday, the president of COLA demanded answers form the police and the government:
Giovannie Brackett, President - COLA:
"One of the thing is that we've asked them to do to check his phone records from about 6:25pm that evening to about 7:00pm to track the callers who have called him and I think no less than not just the Minister of Police, cause what he said debt assure us of anything. He just sounded like a noisy cymbal. Aragon with all due respect when you spoke on Friday you didn't care to call COLA, you didn't call the family to give us an assurance. You spoke to the media and so we don't have any closure right now."
No Elective Surgeries At KHMH
The KHMH is the biggest hospital in Belize - but the Management says it has been forced to suspend elective surgery because of a blood shortage. In a release, the national referral hospital says that there has been a shortage of available blood products for the past two and a half weeks, due, first to a limited blood supply and, second, to restrictions imposed by the Blood Bank which is controlled by the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry codes that there has been a shortage in the delivery of screening kits for blood and that has forced restrictions on the use of blood for transfusion. But the good news is that the shortage will be resolved this because the kits have arrived.
In the meantime, the KHMH says they have been able to continue life-saving surgeries and elective surgeries will resume as soon as possible.
Dutchman Died of Natural Causes
The 69 year Dutch National Chris Rogemma died of natural causes. That's the result of the post mortem examination. When we spoke to one of his sons today he told us that it was related to the bronchial cough he had when he went missing. As we have reported, last Monday morning Rogemma along with a surveyor went to inspect a piece of land he wanted to buy in St. Margaret's village - despite warnings from his friends to stay home. Roggema wondered off and got lost in the jungle. His body was found on Friday afternoon.
Missing Baby Found During News
On Friday's newscast, Kareem Thompson, the father of Kattalea Thompson came to our studio in a state of panic because he and his wife could not find their five year old daughter - who'd gone disappeared from school. Thompson and his family were searching desperately for the little girl but thankfully she was found shortly after you saw him on the news.
It turns out Kattalea wondered off into the street and a close family friend saw her and took her home. But, she forgot to tell the parents. She didn't realize it was problem until she saw Kareem Thompson on the news, which is when she immediately called them and the family was reunited.
How to Help Caribbean Hurricane Victims
For weeks, we've been showing you the devastations wrought by the hurricanes which tore through the Eastern Caribbean. Well, there's finally a way for you to help those small islands like Anguilla, Dominica, St. Marteen and the Virgin Islands.
The Belize Council of Churches and other agencies have organized a Telethon for Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Bliss Center.
The president of the Council Reverend Roosevelt Papouloute, told us more:
Pledges can be made by calling Ms. Charlene McDonald at 227-3373 or 227- 2308 and deposits can be made directly to the Belize Bank at account number 6950111081261. And, again, all the funds collected will be given to the victims through the Belize Red Cross.
BTB Says Arrivals Continue to Be Strong
Tourism arrivals in the third quarter of the year showed a strong out-turn.
3rd quarter comparisons to 2016 reflect a 10.9% increase in overnight arrivals - which is good for what is considered the low season.
Cruise Arrivals were up by 6.1% in the third quarter increase when compared to 2016.
Overall visitors from the US continue to be the largest market.
Universal Healthcare Case At The CCJ
Major legal arguments were heard Today at the Caribbean Court of Justice in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Once again it was the Ashcroft Alliance versus the Government of Belize.
Now, we know, just hearing those names, you're probably already rolling your eyes in weary anticipation. But, this case is not the usual BTL back and forth. This time, it's a suit over the Musa Administration's guarantee of 33 million dollars in debt for Universal Health Services. Universal made the loan as private hospital, and government secretly backed it up - without going to Parliament - or reporting it to Cabinet.
The Barrow Administration has refused to pay the indebtedness saying it was contrary to public policy - and today Eamon Courtenay for the Ashcroft Alliance told the highest court that Government would have to prove a very high standard for them not to pay:
Celebrating Archaeology, A Mayan Sauna?
As we told you yesterday, it's Archeology Week, and to honor the occasion we went into our archives form 12 years ago to look at a most unusual archeological find. IT's like a pre historic sauna out at Pook's Hill outside Teakettle Village. Here's that story from our Archive:...
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Sitting about half an hour away from Teakettle on a rough road that cuts right through the rainforest - we came upon Pook's Hill - a bustling hive of archaeological activity. 15 international archaeology students are here excavating the site: breaking stone, making copious maps of the layout, and clearing away one thousand years of overgrowth brick by brick.
Leading the dig is University of London student Christophe Helmke. It's part of the Belize Valley Archeological Reconnaissance Project - a homegrown project directed by Dr. Jaime Awe. Along with Dr. John Morris and NICH President Yasser Musa, Awe explained that Pook's Hill, though a very small site, is very important to understanding how the Maya lived.
After Previous Attacks, Keith Middleton is Latest Murder Victim in Jane Usher
There is a resurgence of crime and violence on Jane Usher Boulevard area in the Old Capital. On Monday night, there was another shooting which left a thirty-one-year-old resident lifeless. [...]
U.S. National Detained Following Alleged Abduction of El Progreso Schoolgirls
In Monday’s newscast, we reported on the foiled abduction of three young girls in the west. Today, News Five’s Duane Moody headed to El Progresso Seven Miles Community to follow [...]
Belize to Welcome Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for CARICOM Summit
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will be in Belize for the first time next week. Traditionally, Mexican presidents visit before their inauguration as part of a tour of bordering countries [...]
Belize Bank Makes Final Appeal for U.H.S. Money
The Caribbean Court of Justice opened its first term for the 2017-2018 judicial year with the appeal of Belize Bank Limited versus the Attorney General. The case concerns the long-standing [...]
Preliminary Inquiry Delayed for Anke Doehm
But in the local courts, recently widowed Anke Doehm appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. With her late husband David, she is accused of cruelty to a child – her [...]
Alfonso Noble to Learn Fate in RTA Case in January, 2018
On Christmas Eve of 2016, media personality Alfonso Noble was accused of knocking down and killing Hattieville resident Gilbert Myers near mile four on the George Price Highway. Noble was [...]
Andrew Lewis Takes Rap for Gun in Vehicle near Hattieville
Hattieville police made a gun bust on Sunday during which they intercepted a trio of men inside a pickup and found a nine millimetre firearm and four live rounds of [...]
Swiss Cannabis Accused Faces Permit Charge
Forty-two-year-old Swiss national Christian Reis is in trouble with the law. On Monday, he appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was fined one hundred and fifty dollars for the [...]
Julius Espat Continues Fight over House Suspension; Case Adjourned by Court of Appeal
He is back in the House of Representatives, but Cayo South area representative Julius Espat still has an axe to grind with the way he was put out on the [...]
As Franz Parke Begins Work, Opponents like B.N.T.U. Plot His Removal
Justice Franz Parke showed up for his first day of work at the Court of Appeal of Belize this morning. The newly sworn-in judge is the latest senior official in [...]
Fabers Road Doesn’t Add Up for B.N.T.U.
While COLA is not particularly ecstatic about the cost of government’s latest rejuvenation project, the Belize National Teachers Union is itself taken aback by the seemingly exorbitant price tag of [...]
Contractor’s Efficiency Gives COLA’s Brackett a Pause
You heard Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action’s take on the Fabers’ Road contract for near eight million dollars issued through selective tendering to Imer Hernandez Development Company, to concrete [...]
A “Civic” Made of Gold?
The Belize Civic Center is nearing completion. It is projected, according to contractors International Environments Limited, to cost thirty-two million dollars under the Belize Infrastructure Limited, but widespread reports are [...]
P.M. Turns Fire on B.N.T.U., Says Unions Must Do Their Part for Some of 8 Demands
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has responded in writing today to the Belize National Teachers Union, following a stern letter written by President Elena Smith, dated October thirteenth. The B.N.T.U., in [...]
Will Teachers Take Action?
In speaking with the media on Monday, National President Elena Smith says that the B.N.T.U. is not attempting to call the tune on behalf of the prime minister; however, it [...]
Mark King Rails at U.D.P. Leadership
The internal intrigue in the United Democratic Party continues. On Monday, we showed you the response of Dangriga area representative Frank “Papa” Mena to the results of the Dangriga convention, [...]
Heads of Vital Stats, Labour Before Senate Wednesday
On Wednesday, the Senate Special Select Committee intends to call the heads of the Labor Department and the Vital Statistics Unit. This is following revelations in recent weeks about the [...]
Even B.T.B. Surprised by Tourism Stats
The Belize Tourism Board says that tourist arrivals are up for the first nine months of 2017. The latest stats show that even the slow season registered increases. According to [...]
COLA Calls For Civil Disobedience
Another party who has objected to the $8m contract for the upgrading of Faber Road in Belize City, is the activist group COLA. COLA, through their attorney Kareem Musa, has requested to see the contract details through the Freedom of Information Act, and is awaiting a response from Ministry of Works CEO Errol Gentle. This issue is just one in which COLA has clashed with the Government. Yesterday, COLA’s President Geovanni Brackett expressed total frustration with the Barrow Administration, and even called for civil disobedience.
Papa Mena & Mark King Take Heavy Swings At UDP Hierarchy
The United Democratic Party appears to be slipping into internal turmoil of late.
Over the weekend the UDP held a municipal convention in Dangriga in which current Mayor and his slate won to contest the municipal race in March. But the convention and results seem to have divided the UDP in two, and has resulted in open clashes on social media between the factions.
This became apparent to all when the UDP’s Dangriga area rep Frank “Papa” Mena took to Facebook to slam his party for the convention.
Mexican President To Visit Belize For The First Time
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is scheduled to visit Belize for six hours upon the invitation of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to co-chair the IV Mexico-CARICOM Summit, to be held in Belize City on October 25.
A release issued today by the Mexican embassy in Belize indicates that President Peña Nieto’s visit to Belize is aimed at consolidating the progress of the Third Mexico-CARICOM Summit which was held in Merida, Yucatan in April of 2014. His visit is also expected to endorse Mexico's importance to cooperation with the Caribbean in the areas of security, migration, climate change mitigation and prevention of natural disasters.
Opposition Leader Weighs In Over The $8 Million Contract To Imer Hernandez
Yesterday the Opposition voiced their concerns over the awarding of an $8 million contract to Imer Hernandez Development Co. Limited, a company involving the nephew of former UDP Deputy Leader Gaspar Vega, for the rehabilitation of 1.1 mile of Faber’s Road in Belize City. The Opposition said in a release that it considered it a grossly bloated contract and it gave comparisons of other road works which cost much less for a greater road size. Today, Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno gave media interviews to discuss his concerns about the contract.
Mother Loses Son to Gun Violence
Another man is murdered in Belize City, just four days after the murder of activist Albert Cattouse near Roger Stadium as the gun violence in Belize City continues on an upward trend with perpetrators becoming even more brazen and brutal. Last night’s victim is thirty-one year old Keith Middleton who was lured out of his […]
COLA: “Cattouse was Murdered to Send a Message”
On Thursday, October twelve, seventy-two-year-old taxi man and activist, Albert Cattouse, was shot and killed in Belize City. His murder sent shockwaves throughout the activist community. Yesterday, Cattouse’s close personal friend and President of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, Geovanni Brackett, told the media that activists are interpreting Cattouse’s murder as a message. […]
Briceno Comments on Cattouse’s Murder
Also speaking on Cattouse’s murder is Leader of the People’s United Party, John Briceno. John Briceno, Opposition Leader “On Thursday we were saddened to find out that Mr.Albert Cattouse was murdered in his taxi. As I am told he was called out from his home to probably pick up a passenger and he was murdered. […]
Mexican President to Co-Chair 4th CARICOM-Mexico Summit
Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, is scheduled to be in Belize on October 25. Pena Nieto has accepted the invitation of Belize’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, to co-chair the fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit. According to a statement from the Embassy of Mexico in Belize, the President’s participation aims to consolidate the progress of the third CARICOM […]
BNTU President: Still Waiting for an Update on the 8 Demands
Last Friday, the Belize National Teachers’ Union wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow for an update on the eight demands that were negotiated last year. This is the second such request. In response to the first letter, PM Barrow referred the BNTU to the media for the update. In the second letter, BNTU’s President, Senator Elena […]
Barrow addresses BNTU’s Demands
Prime Minister Dean Barrow responded to the letter sent by the BNTU which he said he learnt via the BNTU’s press release yesterday. In his letter, the Prime Minister says that it is the BNTU who was disrespectful. Barrow stated quote, “It was written in a peremptory, demanding and uncivil fashion. I nevertheless tried to […]
Robbers Escaped with Conductor’s Day Sales
Last night, a West Line bus transporting passengers was coming to Belize City and was a mile away from its final destination, when the unexpected happened. A little after 9:00 p.m., the bus stopped in the vicinity of Lord Ridge Cemetery for passengers to disembark, when one of the three passengers who came off the […]
Anke Doehm’s case adjourned once again
Today, Anke Doehm appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. Her last court appearance was on September 20, when she made an appearance with her husband David Doehm. As we reported, David Doehm committed suicide on October 5, leaving his wife to face the charge of child cruelty. Today in court, the prosecution, represented by Jacqueline […]
Swiss National to be Deported
For forty-two year old Swiss national Christian Reis, trouble came two fold. Yesterday he appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser and he was fined $150 plus $5 court cost after he pled guilty to possession of 1.4 grams of cannabis. He was ordered to pay the fine forthwith, in default 1 month imprisonment. Today […]
Andrew Lewis sentence to 5 years
Twenty-nine year old Andrew Lewis, one of three men charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license, pled guilty to the charges when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Because he saved the court time and he had no previous conviction, he was sentenced to 5 years for each offence with the […].
Taxicab driver and activist, Albert Cattouse, 72, gunned down on Hicatee Street
Taxi driver and activist, Albert Cattouse, 72, was gunned down shortly after 8 o’clock tonight in Belize City.
Information to Amandala is that he had just dropped off a passenger on Hicatee Street, behind Rogers Stadium on Dolphin Street, and was leaving the area when a man on a motorcycle rode up beside his vehicle and opened fire.
Cattouse was shot once in the back of the head and left for dead behind his steering wheel.
The gunman was then seen fleeing the area on foot. It is not yet known if Cattouse was robbed before he was killed.
Mexico president to visit Belize next Wednesday, October 25
Official sources have confirmed to Amandala that Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña-Nieto, is scheduled to make his first official visit to Belize on Wednesday, October 25.
Peña-Nieto, elected to serve for the period 2012 to 2018, plans to hold bilateral talks with counterparts here in Belize, but he will also lead Mexico’s delegation which will be coming to Belize for a one-day summit with leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). According to the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrick Andrews, Belize will be hosting the summit of regional leaders as well as officials from Mexico. Mexico has promised to provide a plan to bring the regional leaders to Belize. The parties, he said, should be discussing development and opportunities for trade.
US diplomat flees Belize!
On Saturday, Samantha Castillo dropped her brother, Matthew Castillo, at Old Belize. He was going fishing.
The thirty-year-old Samantha headed back to her Bella Vista home in Belize City. Traveling with her in her Hyundai Element SUV was Martha Nayeli Vasquez, her sister-in-law; her one-year-old daughter, Deanna Castillo, and six-year-old daughter Angelique Castillo. The four family members didn’t make it back home.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., a pickup slammed into Castillo’s Hyundai near Mile 4 on the George Price Highway. The impact was catastrophic. Samantha, Martha and her baby, Deanna, were killed. The only member of the family to come out of the horrible accident alive was the 6-year-old child. She suffered two broken legs. Both girls are Matthew Castillo’s daughters.
BNTU challenges appointment of Franz Parke to Court of Appeal
Amid controversy over his appointment—with the latest public objection coming from the militant Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU)—Franz Parke was today appointed as Justice of Appeal for the Belize Court of Appeal for a 5-year term.
The appointment comes notwithstanding a claim filed last week by the Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party, Johnny Briceño, to have the Belize Supreme Court declare his appointment null and void on the claim that his appointment violates the Belize Constitution – the highest law of the land.
In a press release issued on Friday, October 13, the BNTU said that its council of management had unanimously agreed with the objection previously raised by the Belize Bar Association.
Two Belizean ex-cops called to Fiji bar
Mannon Dennison and Holman Katanegie, two former Belizean cops who have ventured into law studies, recently concluded a 15-week Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University in Fiji in Suva, Fiji’s capital city.
Dennison, who formerly worked as a cop as well as an investigator at the Financial Intelligence Unit, and Katanegie, who formerly worked at the Police Department and Fire Department, are said to be the very first Belizean graduates under the GDLP, which began to be offered in 2012. The men began the GDLP program this March, when the latest cohort was taken in.
Smart Mundialito Week 2 results from Marion Jones Sports Complex
The Smart 13 & Under Mundialito continued on Saturday with Week 2 games at the Marion Jones Sports Complex.
In game 1, Reality Youth dropped Sampson Academy, 2-1, with goals from Curtis August and Shawn Pitts, while Christopher Gonzales scored for Sampson Academy.
Game 2 saw Carlston FC with the 3-0 win over Corinthians, with a goal each from Jerwin Carcamo, Max Jones and Sanjay Baltazar.
In game 3, Brown Bombers bombed Collet Strikers, 5-1, with 2 goals apiece from Keyden Shaw and Jaylen White, and the other from Peter Morgan; while Collet’s lone goal was by Chris Marshal.
Playoff hopes still alive for San Pedro, Placencia and Wagiya, with 4 reg. season weeks left in PLB Opening Season
Defending champion and league leading Belmopan Bandits SC posted another victory over the weekend, against BDF, and became the first team to secure a spot in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season playoffs. The Bandits got another game winner from captain Elroy Smith at the 89th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock against BDF FC at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night. Darrol Lambey gave BDF the 1-nil lead at the 15th minute, but an own goal by BDF’s Charles Grant (48’ OG) made it 1-1, until midfielder Rene Leslie’s pass set the table some thirty yards out for advancing Bandits defender Elroy Smith.
Charles Hogan reflects on his glory days of primary school football in ‘Griga
Amandala (A): So, tell me about that season… that ’66 season…
Charles Hogan (H): Good… Good… That team, mein..!
A: Who was the captain of that team?
H: The captain was Leslie… a guy by the name of Richard Leslie
A: I don’t recall that name.
H: His nickname was “Shaker.”
A: Hmm! What position did he play?
H: He played inside right…. Because the forward was a 4-forward thing… It was myself, Wayne “Wapi” Fortnard, who is walking around Belize; I saw him yesterday…
A: What was his name?
H: Wayne Fortnard.
Editorial: Corruption, collusion, cronyism
It was less than two months ago that news broke that the Auditor General’s Annual Report for the year April 2012 to March 2013 had exposed some major shenanigans at the Ministry of Works involving almost a million dollars of missing tires, and the questionable targeted spending of $1.7 million with a specially favoured Belmopan-based businessman behind a dubious company called Special Effects.
The report revealed that tires had been purchased from the said Special Effects at prices well beyond what could be found at the various tire outlets in the country, and that in one case where the tires had been bought cheaper at a competitor, the tires were returned and the storekeeper public officer ordered to purchase from the Belmopan crony.
These special deals with Special Effects had cost the Belizean taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars, and when the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works was questioned by the Auditor General about these suspect arrangements, his answers were less than forthcoming, or at times not forthcoming at all.
RIGHT TO THE POINT: Revisiting Common Law unions
I have had several men and women approach me to discuss the issue of Common Law unions and I have had some really sad stories on this topic because consistently it seems that persons living together do not seem to understand what is the true legal status of their relationship in many instances. Thus I have decided to visit this topic, with the hope that other people will read, learn and share with others, to avoid some of the most personal painful situations in life.
It seems that some of the most awful stories stem from women who opt to live with their new partner despite these men still being legally married to their wife. I will not get into the issues of the personal choices as life is real and relationships end and others begin and some overlap.
A false premise
Belize will remember that when PM Barrow appointed his ex-wife, Lois Young, to head our defense in some major cases, he declared that she was hired because she was the best in Belize. Again, when he hired his brother, Denys, to defend Belize in some major cases, he declared that his brother, who had returned to Belize from employ abroad, was the best Belize had. One common factor, besides being closely related to him, was that both were in private practice. Of course, another common factor might be that they indeed WERE the best we had.
Many Belizeans thought that the lead defenders of national interests should have been public employees. Belize has a battery of lawyers that are paid from the public purse. It definitely would have been much cheaper, up front, for the defense to be public servants. But, were they competent to do the job?
Justice Lucas to issue ruling in BDF Militia Hall killing
Closing arguments were made today in the trial of Jermaine Rhaburn, 22, a Belize Defence Force volunteer soldier who has been accused of killing another volunteer soldier, Clifford Cruz, 21, with an AR-15 assault rifle on the compound of Militia Hall on October 1, 2012.
The incident occurred in the guardroom of the building, which is located around Mile 1 on the George Price Highway, opposite Lord Ridge Cemetery.
Rhaburn was tried in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas, who heard the case sitting alone without a jury. Justice Lucas has set October 24 as the date when he will give his decision.
His supporters say that the murder of human rights defender and local activist Albert Cattouse, 72, was “despicable and cowardly”
There is widespread speculation that the Thursday night murder of cab driver and activist, Albert Cattouse, 72, was a political hit.
But Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon, Jr., told the press on Friday that such speculation was “outrageous.” Aragon went on to say that he believes he understands what transpired, but he declined going into details.
At around 7 o’clock on Thursday night, as Cattouse was driving his vehicle on Hicattee Street near the Rogers Stadium in Belize City, heading from West Collet Canal towards Dolphin Street, two men on a motorcycle pulled up beside him and one of them fired several shots. Cattouse was hit in the head.
After two trials and more than 8 years on remand, accused murderer files bail application
Warren Lewis, 26, a former BDF volunteer who has been accused of the August 2009 murder of Albert Allen, filed a bail application through his attorney, Darrell Bradley. Lewis’ bail application was heard today at the Supreme Court before Justice Herbert Lord, who has reserved his decision for an unspecified date.
The state was represented by Crown Counsel, Jacqueline Willoughby, who squared off with Bradley, making submissions opposing Lewis’ bid to regain his freedom.
In stating the facts of the case in her response to Lewis’ bail application, Willoughby said, “On 18 August 2009, the Petitioner (Lewis), along with Cordel Flores, were arrested and charged for the murder of Albert Allen, which is alleged to have occurred in Belize City on said 18 August, 2009.
Christoffer Roggema, 69, found dead near Sibun River in St. Margaret
The worst has been confirmed in respect of the disappearance of Norwegian-Belizean businessman, Christoffer Roggema, 69.
On Friday, police confirmed that at around noon his body was found by a search party near the Sibun River in St. Margaret. There were no visible signs of foul play and police await the results of a post-mortem examination to assist in their investigations.
Our newspaper tried to get more information regarding exactly where the body was found, and in what condition, but the Police Press Office today responded that they have no information to give us.
Amandala had previously reported that just before midday on Monday of last week, the deceased and two other persons had gone to visit a property in the vicinity of St. Margaret, in the Cayo District, that he was interested in buying.