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The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro police officers Coye and Mardrill blameless for shooting incident at Central Park
Two San Pedro police officers, Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill, walked free from Wounding Charges on Tuesday, January 9th, after appearing at the San Pedro Magistrate Court. The duo had been accused of being involved in a shooting incident at Central Park in April of 2017, allegedly causing injuries to five persons from bullet fragments. Victims are quite disappointed at the outcome of the case, believing that justice did not prevail. One of the victims, Alfredo Cowo, told The San Pedro Sun that it is unfair what happened and that the police officers should have been punished. He shared his frustration over the case’s constant adjournment since May of 2017. The first hearing for 2018 was to happen on Monday, January 8th, however, it was rescheduled for Tuesday, January 9th due to the annual opening of the Supreme Court in Belize City. Early on Tuesday morning, Cowo stated that he was at the San Pedro Magistrate Court ready to continue pushing the case. After a couple hours of delay on the hearing, it was revealed that the prosecutor was not present in the Court. “The Magistrate did not want to continue adjourning the case and thus, it was dismissed,” said Cowo. He believes it is an injustice not only to him, but the other persons that had to go through the painful recovery from their injuries. Cowo further fears for his security, as reliable sources have informed him that certain police officers of the San Pedro Formation have made threats against his life.
SPRC School Library Completed
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) has a new library which was completed this past weekend on Sunday, January 7th. The construction of the new library was funded by donations and started immediately after the children were dismissed for the Christmas holidays. “I’m happy that the library is finally completed and so are the students. They had a positive reaction when they saw the new library. I want to thank everyone that contributed towards the completion of this library as the students will now have a healthy environment to read,” said organizer of the fundraiser, librarian Catherine Whitney, better known as “Teacher Kate”. SPRCS Principal Roxani Kay said she is very grateful stating, “I am very thankful to all those people and businesses that contributed with their donations towards the construction of this new library.”
Government Of Belize Issues Statement On Killing Of Jaguars
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration expresses regret and alarm over the massacre of a young male jaguar found floating in the Belize River on January 10, 2017.
This is the second such incident in recent weeks where dead jaguars were found floating in waterways in or near Belize City. The January 10th incident revealed a decapitated jaguar which was shot, killed and dumped into the Belize River. An enforcement operation in Placencia Village has also yielded confiscations of jewelry made from jaguar teeth.
Belize Female Beach Volleyball Team To Participate In 2018 Central American And Caribbean Games
Belize has qualified to participate in the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Female Beach Volleyball for the first time in history. The Central American and Caribbean Games will be held July 19 - August 3, 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Belizean athletes are training and working hard as they go through the selection process to determine the final two athletes to represent Belize.
The Central American and Caribbean Games are a multi-sport regional championship event, held once every four years. Belize’s participation in these games is an important and significant step as we continue to work hard in advancing our level of performance internationally, and developing our athletes in both indoor and beach volleyball.
Misc Belizean Sources
Artist.bz Digital Platform launch at George Price Center
Are you a Belizean Musician? Are you looking for ways to better promote yourself and your music? The Office of the Music Ambassador, EXPORTBelize (a unit of BELTRAIDE), and NICH has an opportunity for you! Come on out to our Artist Outreach Mixer at the George Price Center on the 18th of January, 2018 at 7:00pm to connect with other musicians and to talk about how you can promote yourself on our Artists.bz Platform FOR FREE!
Hon Edmond Castro Attends Leading Firefighters Certificate Presentation Ceremony
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, with responsibility for the Belize National Fire Service, Hon Edmond Castro, was the main speaker at a Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Leading Fighters-Fighters (LLF) on Wednesday, January 10, 2017.
Certificates were awarded to twelve (12) firefighters who successfully completed the six-week course from November 6 to December 15, 2017. It entailed theory and practical exercises, covering areas such as Effective Report Writing (Fire Incident Data); Incident Command; Fire Control; Size-up; Hazmat (LPG); Fire Hydraulics; Fire Behavior; Fire Investigation; Table-top (managing hazmat incidents) and Live Fire Training Exercise.
KOKO King Movie Night
Dinner and a Movie today Friday 12th Jan - the new, 'Monster Island' and the classic 'The Goonies' - come and enjoy with the kids!!!!
Help with Medical expenses for Mr Philip Pennil Sr.
This is Mr Philip Pennil Sr. He lives on Avenida Mangle aka back street, Caye Caulker. He is very ill and has been put on a week or 2 weeks off from his job at Bowen & Bowen, which he has been a very hard working employee for the past 21 years!! He has a huge tumor on the left side of his brain and the doctors just recently found another smaller one on the right side of his brain. He is in a lot of pain and needs to seek medical attention abroad for brain surgery, which is terribly expensive. For the meantime, he is doing his own little thing at his home, doing repairs on glasses/reading glasses. So if anyone needs their glasses fixed, Mr Philip is the guy u wanna go check out! He has been given strict orders by d doctors and he cant do any hard work bcaz of the tumor on his brain. He has to take it easy and rest. But he is the only provider for his family, so he is trying his best to do a little something. He would really appreciate ur kind donation of any amount towards his medical expense. Every little helps! I believe he will be having a few little fund raisers very soon. Any help at all that u can give to Mr Philip will be greatly appreciated!! His contact number is 629-6598. God bless u!
WOMEN MAKE UP HALF OF THE SUPREME COURT!
With the appointment of Justice Marilyn Williams to the Supreme Court, women now make up half of the country's highest court.
"Instructional Techniques - Train the Trainer"
The "Fire Management Consultant", Phillip Queen out of Tracy California, just asked me to pass along this info on an upcoming course they will run in Cayo. It is called "Instructional Techniques - Train the Trainer".
Instructor Techniques for those who want to be instructors. Related to anything you teach or instruct.
"This course is designed as a foundational class for individuals who are interested in becoming instructors". Students in this course enroll and participate in the Instructor training and will receive and FMC instructional certificate.
Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Act, 2017
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum informs the general public that the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Act, 2017 has been enacted effective December 29th, 2017.
The Act, which was introduced to the House of Representatives on October 20th, 2017, received bi-partisan support at the December 8th sitting of the House of Representatives after which it was referred to the Senate and passed into law.
The Petroleum Operations Act imposes an indefinite moratorium on the exploration for and exploitation of petroleum and other petroleum operations in the maritime zone of Belize.
The Government of Belize has once again demonstrated its commitment to protecting Belize’s natural resources.
IDB extends deadline for open call for artists
Michael Del Valle called to the Bar Association of Belize
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council would like to congratulate San Pedro resident, Michael Del Valle, on his achievement by being called to the Bar Association of Belize, which is comprised of Attorneys-at-Law, Judges and Magistrates who have been admitted and licensed to practice law in Belize.
Michael graduated from Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica in September of 2017.
Great job Michael, may you be an inspiration to many others, especially our youth, that dreams can come true if you work hard at achieving them. The Community of San Pedro is very proud of you!
Corozal Carnaval 2018
MARK THE DATE!! Sunday, February 11, Miami Beach.
Heavy Metal Concert at Soul Project
The Heavy Metal concert at the Soul Project was Saturday. There was a lot of energy, and some great artisan wines. Death Suppressor was one of many bands that rocked through the night.
The Soul Project got some great black and white stills of the show.
Death Suppressor also got a lot of pictures.
The United States Peace Corps in Belize has a Short-term and long-term vacancies for Language and Cultural Facilitators in the following languages:
-1 Q’eqchi (Long term contract)
-2 Spanish (Only one Spanish LCF will be hired for the long
-1 Kriol (Short term contract)
Position Summary for Short-Term Contract (May 29th
to Early-September 2018 - approximately 3 months) Position Summary for Long-Term Contract (May 29th to Mid-December 2018 - approximately 6 months)
For a complete scope of work, please send a request to email@example.com.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Jigsaw, The Shape of Water, Coco, A Bad Mom's Christmas
Tribute to Andy Palacio
In honor of a great Belizean Legend, happening today Friday 12th, January, 2018 at the Central Park, Orange Walk Town (6:00pm - 10:00pm)
Can Muslim Community and Police Ministry Meet In the Middle?
It's been exactly 2 weeks since Fareed Ahmad, the well-known barber, football referee, community worker, and Muslim was killed. Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown is currently on remand for his murder, but her imprisonment has done nothing to ease tensions between police and the family, and, by extension, the local Muslim community. And a flurry of dubious text messages speaking about a hit-list and a murder conspiracy against the family, cemented suspicion into a full fledged conspiracy theory pitting the police against the entire Ahmad family.
So, to try to defuse tensions and clear the air, the police senior command, and the top political personalities of the Ministry of Home Affairs met with representatives of Ahmad family, and leaders of the Muslim faith. That happened at their mosque at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Fabers Road this afternoon.
New Surveillance Video Suggests Ahmad-Brown Connection
The main topic of discussion was the investigation into the murder of Fareed Ahmad, and all the very unusual elements which has convinced the family that a wider conspiracy is at play.
Home Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington told the press that Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams revealed in the meeting today that there is new evidence. It's a surveillance video of the night before Ahmad was killed which shows him picking up WPC Michelle Brown, and them driving away in his SUV. Here's how Elrington explained the conversation between Williams and the family from this evening:
Rogue Units? Not!
And as you saw in our interview, both sides granted joint interviews in a show of partnership. But - there wasn't accord on every issue. And, it made for a very unusual moment in our 30 minute interview with Elrington and Nuri Muhammad when they disagreed on a major point. And that apparent crossing of wires is whether or not all the police special units are answerable to the Commissioner of Police.
Certainly, it's been a concern that we've heard before. The issue came up today when Muhammad exited the meeting with the police and told the press that he interpreted Home Affairs Minister Elrington as confirming that some of those units do act outside the check and balance of the chain of police command. Elrington seized upon that very quickly, asserting that he didn't say that. Here's the back and forth:
The Raid and Rage Of A Muslim Family
And the Ahmad family is still hurting from that June 2016 raid by the Special Branch, which was under the command of Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal. In that operation, the Special Branch rounded up 20 of the Ahmad Family members, searched 6 of their homes, and confiscated all their electronics devices.
The Ahmad family and the Muslim community leaders underscored the abiding anger and distrust that this event caused them to feel toward police. Here's what both sides had to say:
Nuri Muhammad, Spokesperson - Local Muslim Community:
"One of the concerns that the family left with today and it was still not completely resolved, is going back to their detention. If you remember, the entire Ahmad Family was rudely picked up and detained for over 15 hours, all their personal electronic equipment taken, their homes searched and no explanation (up to today) was given to the family."
What's Next For Attorney Extradition ?
Today's meeting with the Ahmad family gave us an opportunity to ask Foreign Affairs Minister Elrington about the latest developments in the extradition request that the US government has made for attorney Andrew Bennett.
We reported last night that the Elrington has signed off on the extradition file from the US State Department, and that he forwarded it to the Attorney General's Ministry. When we asked him about it today, he told us that he couldn't say more than confirming that indeed it is now in the hands of the Solicitor General's office:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Home Affairs:
"I did sign the documents requesting formal procedure to be comments for the extradition. There is not much more to say, I signed it on Tuesday after the cabinet meeting."
Krismar, Killed Once, Not Twice
Last night we told you about convicted killer Krismar Espinosa. He is already serving a sentence for killing Rachel Chun - and he stood accused of killing a fellow prison inmate Keon Swasey.
But, after two hours, the jury of 6 men and 6 women was not convinced he had done it. Last night just after 6:00, they found 28 year old Espinosa not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter in the stabbing of Keon Swasey. The verdict in each case was unanimous. It is his second trial for this murder - and he was found not guilty on both occasions.
Justice Adolph Lucas presided over the trial. The Crown was represented by Sheringe Rodriguez while Anthony Sylvestre was Espinosa's attorney.
Tsunami Scare Was The Ultimate Disaster Preparedness Drill
On Tuesday night - probably for the first time - Belizeans came to terms with the possibility that a tsunami could suddenly spring out of the Caribbean sea and sweep through coastal communities, doing as much or more damage than a hurricane. But, it would all happen with maybe an hour's noticeâ€¦and that's a chilling possibility for the Belize City Council in the country's largest municipality.
Today the mayor spoke about the instantaneity - and the need to come up with a response mechanism that works as quickly as those waves roll in from afar:...
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council:
"A tsunami, which is something that can destroy an entire city, within a matter of seconds and can creep up on you with only an hour, an hour and a half lead time. That's something that we need to plan for, and I think that from an operational stand point, we're looking at that. How can we get systems in place where we can advise people of a threat in the night time, when most people are sleeping, or when most services are closed down. One of the things I am very grateful for is the media outlets."
Best And worse Tsunami Responses In A Real Time Simulation
Today, Councilor with responsibility for emergency management, Phillip Willoughby discussed the response protocol that was employed in the city on Tuesday night, and the lessons that were very quickly learned about best and worst practices in a real time scenario:...
Phillip Willoughby - City Councilor, Disaster Mgmt.
"The protocol would be that the police department and the national fire service would go in low laying areas and to activate these sirens. Thereafter what would have been done was that the hurricane shelter would have been opened, so that took place thereafter. In addition to the hurricane shelters being open, I got notification again from the national emergency coordinator that will be utilizing the new city centre and the Marion Jones stadium. We saw a huge migration of persons from behind the Jane Usher Boulevard area and within the Caesar Ridge area, the Yabra area specifically. The mass migration I can say that was coming out of Jane Usher Boulevard was a whole lot, not what we would face during a hurricane. The large number of people that were coming, so everybody was fighting to go to the nearest building."
The "Bullett Craig" Surveillance Video
Since well known taxi-driver Roy "Bullet" Craig was charged with sexual assault of a 16 year old boy - social media has exploded with countless posts, memes and even music ridiculing the 76 year old.
Well, while many people are having a laugh at every lurid twist in this case - the police have to take it seriously. Today at the weekly press briefing, police updated us on this case as it relates to the Honey Hotel's surveillance footage that may have captured what happened before Craig went to his room and other elements including the suggestion that the 16 year old boy may have been mentally challenged.
Murder Investigations Remain Open
In other police news, no one has been charged yet for the murders of Leon Garcia and Frederick Smith. But police are questioning several persons in these cases. They told us more.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City:
"Reference the murder of Mr. Leon Garcia, police is still investigating that matter. We have two other persons in custody at this moment that are being interviewed. Reference Fredrick Smith we have one person in custody that we are interviewing at this moment. The other cases are still under investigation."
Teenaged Driver Charged For Killing Pregnant Mother of Two
The 16 year old who knocked down and killed pregnant mother of two Shakira Villanueva in Orange Walk has been charged. Eight days ago, Villanueva was crossing the road at the entrance of Guinea Grass Village when the 16 year old ran her over. The boy was charged yesterday. Police gave us more details.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City
"I know that definitely someone was charged yesterday, I don't have the name at hand but I can get it to you in a short while."
"But it was a minor."
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City:
"Yes it is a minor."
Police found ammunition on a Moya Street search yesterday evening. The cops came upon a transparent plastic bag with twenty four 40 Caliber and ten 9mm live rounds of ammunition hidden under some bushes. The items were labeled deposited as Found Property.
Teen With Bud In Benque
And yesterday morning out west, police busted a 17 year old with a bag of weed. Police searched a bus at a check point between miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway, the bus was heading to San Igancio from Benque. Police found a bag with 7 ounces - almost half a pound - of weed along with personal documents. That led the police to the minor. As a result, Police arrested and charged him for Drug Trafficking. The western corridor is a main conduit for the smuggling of marijuana from Guatemala.
Sandy Santoya And Half an Ounce
The cops say Sandy Santoya had coke on Caye Caulker. Yesterday afternoon at 3:00, they searched the 19 year old's residence on Avenida Pueblo Nuevo and found two ziplock plastic bags with 1.47 grams cocaine. That's about half of one ounce, but, Santoya was arrested and charged for Drug Trafficking.
PUP's Corozal Candidate Scandalized For Alleged Dishonesty
The Municipal Elections are only 2 months away, and one of the PUP candidates is learning the hard way that this is a dirty game.
He's Rigoberto Vellos. You probably know him as Mr. Belize, but, last year, he decided to go from pumping iron to playing politics - and offered himself as the PUP's mayoral candidate.
Well, a letter has been unearthed from 9+ years ago, which says that Vellos was terminated from the Social Security Board. In it, there are allegations that just under 700 dollars went missing during his time as a cashier.
The Reggae Bus Ran A Rescue Service
In our last segment you heard city councillor Phillip Willoughby speaking about the rush of residents form the Jane Usher and Caesar Ridge area running to shelters after the warning went out.
And, in the height of that scare, a unique thing happened: this often fractured community came together very suddenly with many stepping up to give rides and even opening their second - story homes to those running for shelter.
We spoke to one of those unlikely good Samritans off camera today. He told us how his bus that is used to run daily commutes turned into a rescue ride for many.
Sahar Vasquez reporting Windell Lemoth had no idea of the imminent danger Belize was in on Tuesday night. He felt the ground shaking tremor but he didn't find out about the tsunami until he left his house and saw the chaos of the city.
Mayor: Commercial Center Coming
Last month, we showed you Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley promising that finally after an extended delay, the renovation works on the Commercial Center was finally starting.
It's been a long wait, from April of 2015 to be exact, and today, the Mayor said that the contractors have already started the construction work:
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council
"Actually, I am to go to a meeting right now, which is at 2 o'clock, which is - of course, I will be late for that meeting, but that's a meeting with the independent engineer, the engineers on the project, and our technical side. The timeline for the project is 10 months, beginning December. The interior of the building will be worked on first. So that there will a total gutting of the interior, and then renovation of the interior, including a plumbing, electrical, bathrooms, everything - closing up the floor, and remodeling the building."
Mayor on Creative Couple's Removal
But, as they say, "while di grass di grow, di haas di starveâ€¦" - and so it is for well known craft creators Naphty and Fahima. They are the owners of a craft store in the shadow of the Commercial Center - and they were pushed out to give way to construction.
As we showed you last week, they grudgingly abandoned their little setup at the bridge foot - which put them on shaky ground.
Today Mayor Bradley shed some more light on the current situation.
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council:
"We would have given instructions about a year ago for the Commercial Center to be vacated because when we were doing the plans and designs for the building, the building will be - and has been, actually - turned over to the contractor. So, that building is actually a worksite. So, that building has to actually be empty, empty of city council staff, and empty of all vendors. One of the reasons why that's the case is that there were be an entire gutting of the interior."
Ministry Offers Reward For Information on Who Killed Jaguars Found Floating
Yesterday we told you about the young male jaguar whose carcass was found floating in the Belize River. But, disturbingly, this was not an isolated event. Back in December, a similar photo surfaced of another young jaguar that was found in the canal near Water Lane.
This has raised a major red flag for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and the Environment. Tonight, they are offering a reward of $10,000 dollars to anyone that can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the two recent incidents.
And more than that, the ministry says that given the cruel nature of the death of these endangered apex predators, they will raise the penalties for this and any other wildlife crimes above the current $10,000 dollars or 12 months in prison.
Police Sooth Ahmad Family but Who Are Giving ‘Special’ Units Orders?
It has been two weeks since well-known barber Fareed Ahmad was shot and killed near his home in Hattieville. Despite the arrest and subsequent arraignment of a woman police constable [...]
Video Places Accused WPC in Fareed Ahmad Vehicle; Louis Farrakhan Suggested as Mediator
Lead investigator ACP Chester Williams, who is probing the case from within the Professional Standards Branch, says that he is content that there was no collusion on the part of [...]
Ahmads Still Seek Answers on Hattieville House Raid; Police Silent
Another sore spot for the Ahmad family, aside from the murder of their loved one, is the rounding up of its members back in 2016 by the Special Branch of [...]
Minister Undertakes to Lift Veil of Secrecy on Raid
It is a position that Elrington, himself a former defense counsel, agrees with. The family should have been given the opportunity to contact its lawyers and should have been provided [...]
Foreign Affairs Signs Off on Andrew Bennett Extradition Request but Will He Go?
The ball is in motion for a provisional warrant to be sought for attorney Andrew Bennett’s arrest. That is because Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington has signed documents that [...]
Roy “Bullet” Craig Accuser Not Mentally Challenged
The allegation of a sexual assault on a sixteen-year-old-boy made headlines this week. The alleged perpetrator is well-known taxi-man Roy “Bullet” Craig, who police say was found nude along with [...]
More Persons of Interest Brought in for Leon Garcia, Frederick Smith Killings
There have been three murders in the first eleven days of the year. Today, police said they are still questioning persons in the killings of Leon Garcia and Frederick Smith [...]
Heat for George Street over Video Threats
On Monday we reported on a video posted on Facebook where claims were made from certain gang quarters claiming responsibility for Garcia’s death. When we spoke with Police earlier this [...]
Unlicensed Minor Driver Charged in Pregnant Woman’s RTA Death
Police have arrested and charged a minor for killing twenty-eight-year-old Shakira Villanueva in a road traffic accident. The sixteen-year-old was driving a vehicle without a license when he knocked down [...]
Forest Department Begins Investigation into Jaguar Beheading
The cruel slaying of a young jaguar and its dumping in the Belize River has raised the ire of conservationists and the public alike. The cat, which is protected by [...]
Stabbing by Knitting Needle in Domestic Quarrel
An argument in downtown Belize City ending in an apparent stabbing on Sunday morning landed sixty-four-year-old businesswoman Jennifer Garcia in court. Garcia is accused of stabbing Ingrid McKay with a [...]
Fine for Late-to-Court Accused in Drug Case
Fifty-two-year-old Roger Kenrick Jones, a refrigerator technician of Belize City, must pay three hundred dollars in fines after being busted with cocaine in December. Jones was caught when a police [...]
U.B. Student Wants Pomp and Circumstance in February, not June
There is a degree of disquiet among some students at the national university over a change in the date of graduation from February to June. Some students have complained that [...]
How to Prepare For and Survive a Tsunami
Still a little shaky from Tuesday night’s earthquake and tsunami scare? You’re not alone. Nearly forty-eight hours later, emergency preparedness responders are still marveling at Belize’s close call and formulating [...]
NEMO, CEMO, Red Cross Assess on-the-Ground Response, Find Good and Bad
Vulnerable populations, such as the stevedores who were out on the sugar boat on Tuesday night, should be covered in terms of planning by their employers as well as their [...]
Assessment Coming for Shelters and Bridges
For the most part, none of the countries in the region reported any damage to buildings and other infrastructure. But here in Belize the Ministry of Works, supported by the [...]
Reef Still Fighting Coral Bleaching
The reef report card was released on Wednesday in Belize City. We reported on Belize’s two point eight grade average, which conservationists gave the country after extensive research conducted on [...]
After Success Down South, Managed Access to Fisheries Coming Countrywide
Over the past few years, we have reported on the managed access program in Belize being implemented by the Fisheries Department, Environmental Defense Fund and other local conservation partners. It [...]
CitCo Leads Clean-Up near Cinderella Plaza
In news from the Belize City Council, residents of the area north of Cinderella Plaza up to the Barracks, including Kelly Street, Baymen Avenue, Wilson Street, Hunter’s Alley, Matron Roberts [...]
Healthy Living: How Effective are Multivitamins?
Many of us grew up with parents forcing us to take our vitamins. Whether it was cod-liver oil or Flinstones vitamins, our parents all believed that it would make us [...]
New Revelations in the Fareed Ahmad Murder Investigation
The leaders of the Muslim Community in Belize met with the high command of the Belize Police Department this afternoon. Present for the meeting were Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington; CEO of National Security, George Lovell; Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, ACP Joseph Myvett; and ACP Chester Williams who is heading Ahmad’s murder investigation. …
Dr. Manzanero addresses obesity problem in Belize
Obesity is a growing problem in Belize and persons who weigh at least twenty percent more than their normal weight for their height is classified as obese. According to the Ministry of Health, in 2017, the age range that was considered the most obese was from 25-29 with a total of three-thousand-three-hundred-and-seventeen persons being obese. …
Minister of Home Affairs will Personally Investigate Detention of Ahmad Family
The assertions made by Minister Elrington and investigators seem to have brought some sense of calm within the Muslim Community, especially the Ahmad family, but there is one concern that lingers. That surrounds the matter where the Ahmad Family was arrested and kept in police custody for hours. The family claims that they were never …
Every Police Officer Answerable to the Commissioner
But these are not the only concerns that continue to bother the Muslim community. Allegations of police officers and or units within the department that seemingly act without having to respond to anyone in the department’s high command continue to be of grave concern. Here is how Nuri Muhammad explained it. Nuri Muhammad – Member, …
Minister Of Foreign Affairs Signs Extradition File
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington has signed the extradition file that his office received last year from the US State Department requesting the extradition of Attorney Andrew Bennett. Today Minister Elrington spoke on the matter. Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs “I did sign the documents for formal procedure to commence on the …
Belize City Mayor comments on tsunami scare
On Tuesday night a wave of panic swept through Belize as a Tsunami Warning was issued for the coast. A 7.6 earthquake less than six miles beneath the earth surface and 27 miles off the coast of Honduras was registered. This prompted experts to issue Tsunami Warnings for Central American and Caribbean Countries. But hours …
Mayor Bradley responds to vendor’s plight
Earlier this month, Raymond Jones’ ‘Drums, not guns’ craft shop at the bridge foot relocated. They say they did so under orders of the Belize City Council. The Belize City Council gave the orders for all vendors near the commercial center to relocate. Today, outgoing Mayor Darrell Bradley told us why. DARRELL BRADLEY, MAYOR OF …
Headless Carcass of Jaguar fished out of Belize River
The headless carcass of a young male jaguar was discovered yesterday afternoon and fished out of the Belize River near Manatee Lookout along the Philip Goldson Highway. The carcass was retrieved by Mike Heusner of the Belize River Lodge with some help. He told Love News that he learned of the animal’s carcass after receiving …
Works on Commercial Center begin
After the interview, Mayor Darrell Bradley rushed into a meeting with the contractor who has been retained to carry out the refurbishment works on the Commercial Center. After much delay, Bradley says that the project has officially begun and will take less than a year to be completed. DARRELL BRADLEY, MAYOR OF BELIZE CITY “The …
Students vexed over UB Graduation date
Students of the University of Belize are expressing concerns over the changes in graduation dates. Alberto Matus who has completed his Bachelors in Information Technology in December 2017, said he will not be receiving his diploma until June 16. He was expecting to receive his diploma during the February graduation ceremony, but he will not …
Man charged with 13 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse
52-year-old Jose Ardon was today slapped with 13 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old minor. The incidents started back in January of 2016, when the child was only 14. Back then, police only charged Ardon with 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, b...
5.3 million in one year for PM’s brother?
Prime Minister Barrow has constantly been accused of not only nepotism, but of helping to enrich his family members through the constant legal battles that his administration has taken the country through. The PM’s top lawyer of choice has been his brother, Dennys Barrow. According to a recent repor...
“Fair” performance for Belize’s Reef health
Today the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) released its 2018 Mesoamerican Reef Report Card which records an improvement in reef health for Belize from ‘Poor’ in 2006 to ‘Fair’ this year, with increases in three of the four indicators over the decade. Melanie MCField is the Directo...
National Nursing Conference
150 nurses converged in Belize City today for the first day of a three day National Nursing Conference. The conference is to discuss nursing in Belize and to engage all participants in developing a vision and a framework to guide the future of nursing in Belize. Like in many parts of the world, Bel...
Upgrading of Operating Theater project to impact service delivery
And speaking of health services, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority says that while the ongoing refurbishment and upgrading of the Operating Theater suites has reached a most critical point, it will affect those who are awaiting elective surgeries. Only emergency surgeries and C-sections w...
New traffic safety equipment for Belmopan police
The Belmopan police are recipients of a donation from The Belize Road Safety Project Unit. Today, police were given new traffic equipment including reflective vests, measuring tapes, clipboards, spray paints and chalk. Belmopan police OC Howell Gillett says the donation will surely improve the polic...
Mission Team aids churches and communities in Belize
For the past couple of days, a mission team has been in Belize helping church organizations . The group is from Iowa and has been here for a week. As the team landed, they headed down south to help Pastor Vic Hernandez of Punta Gorda. Tom Treptau, Director of Village Creek Bible Camp, told us more. ...
Bullet blames PUP for his sexual assault of a minor case
Well known taxi-man and UDP activist Roy “Bullet” Craig was arraigned yesterday for the sexual assault of a 16 year old boy. As we have reported, 76 year old Bullet was arrested on Thursday night at Honey’s Hotel on Dolphin Drive. Police were tipped off and when they went to the ro...
Espat discusses Searching for the missing
Jamal Humes has been missing for almost three weeks. He is just one of several missing persons reported on recently. Other recent cases include Mark Pollard and Stanley Richards who have still not been found. You may recall that when 17 year old Erwin Rodriquez was missing late last year, Dr. Jose E...