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2018 PSE results are out; Bryan Joan Roca of SPRCS is in the Top 25 countrywide
The Primary School Examination (PSE) results for 2018 are out, and one student on Ambergris Caye did exceptionally well, placing in the top 25 performances across the country. Bryan Joan Roca, a student at San Pedro Roman Catholic School, scored 368 total points out of 400, landing him in the #14 spot countrywide. Bryan Joan Roca takes the top marks for the island. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun during the first phase of the PSE, Roca had declared the exam easy. Now that the final results are out, Roca says he’s quite shocked. “I knew I would do well, but I did not expect to be #14 in Belize!” he exclaimed.
Roca’s mother Evelyn Sanchez is beyond proud of him, and she says he handled himself incredibly and independently with her guidance and encouragement.
US student volunteers help clean up Ambergris Caye
A group of students from Helias High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA participated in a coastal clean-up in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, June 6th. The initiative was part of their studies community outreach while in Belize. They were joined by members of the community and representatives from Belize Forestry Department.
At 8AM participants separated into groups to tackle different areas of the island. Some headed to the north to clean the beach side, while others decided to tackle the lagoon. After each team had filled their boats, they headed to the Sunset Boardwalk dock to drop off the garbage.
Belizeans rally for victims of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano catastrophe
Belizeans across the country have come together to assist the millions affected in Guatemala following the catastrophic eruption of the Fuego Volcano on Sunday, May 3rd. The unexpected tragedy left dozens dead and hundreds missing as a river of lava, rocks and mud buried several villages in its path. Residents on Ambergris Caye felt the pain of their Guatemalan brothers and sisters and helped in the cause via a radio-a-thon, canned food- clothes- and dollar- drive. The event raised over $10,000 dollars and truckloads of clothing and non-perishable items that will be sent to those affected in the neighbouring country.
BTIA Holds “For The Love Of San Pedro” Meeting
Crime is slowly becoming a major issue in San Pedro and the Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Branch organized a meeting with business stakeholders and the community to come together and discuss the issue that are affecting our island community and to see what actions can be taken to alleviate the situation. The meeting took place on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Angel Nunez Auditorium and was very well attended.
Good news coming from the was that the San Pedro Police Department will be receiving ten additional police officers and that land has been acquired on North Ambergris Caye for the construction of new military base.
Misc Belizean Sources
Venture Scouts and relief items for Guatemala
Venture Scouts from The Scout Association of Belize and Crew 1 Venturers from Boy Scouts of America working together to collect and sort relief items for Aid to Guatemala.- Central Park, Corozal Town
20000 Acres De-reserved out of the Mountain Pine Ridge
To add insult to injury, here is a second subdivision by the same developer as yesterday’s photo in the same 20000 acres that were de-reserved out of the Mountain Pine Ridge forest reserve. The next two photos show roads built along the ridge tops and one built into a heavily vegetated valley where there is a waterfall. The last two photos show what we are losing. Can some one explain to me how any government system that allows this is good? How a disgraced minister now profits from our, all Belizeans, patrimony?
Increase in Pump Price of Diesel Oil Preceding Decreases in the Price of all Fuel Products in the Weeks Ahead
Belmopan. June 7th, 2018. The Ministry of Finance advises that with effect from midnight tonight there will be an increase in the pump price of Diesel Oil from $10.63 to $10.97 per US Gallon in Belize City. The pump prices for diesel oil in the districts will be slightly higher due to internal freight charges.
There will be no changes in the pump prices of gasoline and kerosene.
The increase in the price of Diesel is due to a lagged effect on domestic prices from the recent spike in the world oil prices.
In recent days, world oil prices have begun to trend downwards, and it is certain that the next shipment of fuel products, which is due toward the end of next week, will result in markedly lower prices at the pump.
BELTRAIDE Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the
Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the nation’s leading business advising and entrepreneurial support entity, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:00 am in Belize City.
This cooperation seeks to foster a closer collaboration between private and public sector. It aims to provide efficient and seamless services to MSMEs, exporters, potential exporters, and potential foreign and local investors in business development facilitation, export promotion and export development through its technical units. It also aims to meet industry specific needs by providing demand- based, short-term training programs for entry-level positions.
Father's Day Wrestling Mania!
ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE? The San Pedro Town Council presents its Father's Day Wrestling Mania! Saturday June 16 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex! DJ Debbie will be in the house with all the latest tracks! You don't want to miss this!
Tickets on sale at the San Pedro Town Council.
Thanks to Mr. Roberto Canul of Ambergris Divers for your support towards the event.
PSE RESULTS ARE OUT!
Congratulations to the Top 25 students.
San Pedro Public Service fair...
“Belize Public Service: moving towards the future with dedication, innovation and perseverance.
BTB Chetumal Sales Presentation
The Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with BHA and the Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal, Dr. Luis G. Montero Maldonado, is hosting a sales presentation at the Fiesta Inn Hotel on June 8th. Seventy travel agents and tour operators from Chetumal and Bacalar, keen on learning about Belize, attended the event. The objective of the sales presentation is to educate the Mexican Travel Trade about Belize and establish mutually beneficial relationships. Representing Belize are Michelle Bowers, BTB Travel Trade & Hospitality Manager, Maynor Larrieu, BTB Digital Manager and Tessie Tonaco, BHA Marketing Director. The event is covered by several members of the Press in Chetumal.
Public Servants that have completed 25, 30 and 35 years of service
Here is a list of all Public Servants that have completed 25, 30 and 35 years of service serving the Government and People of Belize. They will be honoured during Public Service Week June 17th to 23rd. Congratulations to all!
SuperBuy opens new storefront on Middle Street
SuperBuy is opening a new storefront on Pescador Drive (Middle Street) as it completes expansion of its downtown store.
Caye Caulker BTIA National Tour Guide Training
Starts June 13, General Course is $1000.00 BZE
Demanding Fair Treatment for Children in the Justice System!
The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) condemns the recent report of a 13-year-old minor being criminally charged for alleged possession of a firearm in the absence of his parent(s), a Community Rehabilitation Officer or a Justice of the Peace, while being treated for a gunshot wound in a local hospital.
According to Section 2 of the Juvenile Offenders Act of Belize, a child is defined as a person under the age of fourteen years, as such, the minor in this report is a child. Section 9, subsection 2 of the same Act further states that ‘Where a child or young person is arrested, the police officer by whom he is arrested or the officer in charge of the police station to which he is brought shall, if the parent or guardian lives within a reasonable distance and can be found, cause him to be warned to attend at the court before which the child or young person will be brought.’ Therefore, the above allegation is in direct contravention of this section of the law.
Father's Day 2018 Quadrangular!
Join us for our 2nd Annual Father's Day 2018 Quadrangular! This Sunday, June 17 at the Ambergris Stadium! General Admission only $5. First game starts at 3:00 p.m. See you there!
PSE Results Show Downward Trends in Key Subjects
The 2018 PSE results are in and - at the risk of sounding like a broken record - they aren't good. Overall - an increasing number of children received grades in the "E" range - meaning an inadequate grade or less than 50%. For example, in the Math portion of the exam, half the test takers - 3,500 students scored an "E" - and the average grade was 52.6%.
Similarly in English, one third of the test takers got an "E" - more than any other grade.
In Social Studies, not as many got an "E" - but, still, that was the most common grade. But, what's interesting about this subject is that about 1,100 kids got A's in that subject this year, compared to more than two thousand last year. Again, "E" was the most common grade, what the Ministry of Education calls, quote, "a concerning shift from the B range of 2017."
PSE Top Finishers Say They Worked Hard
And so, while there's a lot to lament, and a lot of standard 6 finishers feeling not too great about their test scores tonight - there's also a lot to celebrate for the top finishers. We found 5 of the top 7 at Hummingbird Elementary - including Haley Thurton - who tied for first overall with Rolando Umana from La Inmaculada in Orange Walk - they both got a score of 384 out of a possible 400 points.
Here they are - along with others in the top 10 - speaking about their results:...
Rolando Umana, La Immaculada Orange Walk - First Place Overall:
"When I found out I felt really happy. It was a huge surprise for me. I had never expected this, but I work hard and I achieved it."
Alleged Highway Robber Remanded
23 year-old Demas Zelaya, a resident of Belize City, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison tonight. Police say that he was one of the pretend cops in a police uniform who carried out that daring broad-daylight robbery of NICH employees on the old Northern Highway.
As we reported in May, 3 NICH employees were driving when they came upon what looked like a police checkpoint. They saw 2 men, 1 dressed in a black police uniform, and the other in a camouflage uniform.
Security Guard Robber Remanded
Last night we told you about Jody Rhamdas, the Supervisor for Brints Security who was ambushed and robbed of two of the security firm's loaded guns.
Tonight, police are saying that 35-year-old taximan Erwin Castillo is one of the men who participated in the armed robbery.
Castillo appeared before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford where he was read three criminal offenses of robbery with a firearm; conspiracy to commit robbery and kept ammunition without a gun license.
In court, Castillo pleaded not guilty to all three charges but because it was an armed robbery, he was denied bail and remanded into custody until July 25, 2018.
Accused of Sex Trafficking
It didn't make the news, but at the end of May, thirty-one year old Honduran Maria Estrella Jimenez Ortega, was charged for attempted human trafficking.
Between September 1 and September 30, 2016, Ortega attempted to solicit a 17 year old female to have sex with some fishermen at Caye Caulker. The female, however, refused the offer.
She was remanded but went to the Supreme Court for bail today. Ortega. who is pregnant went before Justice Adolph Lucas and he granted her fifteen thousand dollars bail. Her bail was offered on the condition that she reports to Caye Caulker Police every Friday, among others. Ortega was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvestre.
Daylight Robbers Thwarted By Brave Businessman In Ladyville
There was a daring armed robbery this morning - but this one happened in Ladyville. A trio of robbers lay in wait for a female employee who works with a collection agency. Reports are that at around 10:00, she was walking out of Sky Supermarket to go over to the Belize Bank which is in the same complex. That's when a robber snatched her money bag. Now, this happened right in front of the airport junction, the busiest intersection in Ladyville.
A businessman pulled up at that same time and set chase after the robbers. They dashed through a back street and hopped over a fence - where their escape car was waiting around the corner. The businessman grabbed one of the robbers, who dropped the money bag in the bushes.
NCFC Scolds Police For Charging A 13 Year Old
A 13 year old Belize City boy who allegedly pulled a gun on a police officer - and was shot for it - has been charged while he recovers in the hospital. Police charged him in the presence of a Justice of the Peace, since, they say, his parents refused to be there.
Well, the National Committee For Families and Children has a problem with that. They sent out a press release today condemning police for mishandling a case with a minor.
The NCFC says, that it quote, "condemns the recent report of a 13-year-old minor being criminally charged for alleged possession of a firearm in the absence of his parent(s), a Community Rehabilitation Officer or a Justice of the Peace" End quote.
Assad, Regarding Gert
Last night on the news, we told you about Assad Shoman's new book, Guatemala's Claim to Belize, the Definitive History. At his press conference to launch the book yesterday, Shoman discussed what he believes is the wisdom of Belize going to the ICJ. He pointed out that at the highest level, the Guatemalans have publicly conceded that they most likely stand to gain nothing, other than international respectability. Here's Shoman prefacing that interview 7News did in Washington 10 years ago:...
Assad Shoman, Author:
"I think it was you who interviewed Gert Roesnthal one time."
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
Assad Shoman, Author:
"Interviewed the foreign minister of Guatemala and ask him you think you could win when you go to the court and what did he say? Not a chance."
Colonial Records Contained Some Eye Openers On Bze-Guat Back Channels
And, that 7News archival interview is part of the historical record on the Guatemalan claim, Shoman dug much deeper. He went into the official records in London, Washington and Mexico City - to see diplomatic cables and confidential notes exchanged by senior diplomats at the time. This gave him a unique perspective since Shoman was a part of many of the meetings which those diplomatic cables describe or summarize.
We asked him if he found anything in there which surprised him:..
Assad Shoman, Author:
"One of them was for example in 1975 when you had the Commonwealth Heads of government meeting in Kingston Jamaica and George Price went there and he had support from the Caribbean countries and he got support from the others and the British were trying to not have anything stated in the resolution about territorial integrity..."
Guatemala’s Needs In Wake Of Violent Volcano
Keeping it on Guatemala...
109 are now confirmed dead in that country, while 197 are still missing in the wake of the catastrophic volcano that erupted there 5 days ago.
Tonight, the Guatemalan Embassy in Belize is saying what they need help with.
They need equipment for shelters, Field tents, cold food rations, personal hygiene supplies, medication for pain relief, water filters and mobile toilets, telecommunication equipment, infrastructure services, and medical and surgical equipment.
Ballistic Test on Found Gun Was Revealing
So many times on the news - you hear about "items labelled as found property" - and pretty much that's the end of it. But, these items, especially if they are firearms, can have an important afterlife as evidence if a match is found in ballistics testing.
Sources tell 7News that's just what happened with this 9 millimeter pistol which was found tucked under a house on Dolphin street two months ago. We are told that ballistics tests on the firearm show that it may have been used in a the 2015 murder of businessman Ruben Perez.
How They Felt About Re-Registration in 1998
AS we've been reporting, the re-registration exercise starts next month. That means that all registered voters - will have to go back and re-register. Even if you just registered today, or on the last day of June, you'll have to go back and do it again after July first.
Accordion to the law, A re-registration should be done every 10 years, but it's been 21 year since the last one was done.
Tonight - to put it all in perspective - we have an interesting study in contrasts.
Folks Upbeat, Practical About Re-Reg Exercise
And now, two decades later, Sahar Vasquez went back into the streets to see how people feel about re-registration today. We found a lot less suspicion and negativity. Call it a more educated electorate, or maybe it's a less unpopular government, or maybe because it's not a year from a general election - but folks who Sahar Vasquez spoke to, seemed pretty ok with the process:...
"Well it will take time. They should have left it how it was and you do that all over it will take a lot of time."
Sahar Vasquez, reporter:
"So you are still going to re-register though?"
"Yea I will do it because they want to see who still lives in the area."
"It does not matter how I feel because of no matter how I feel you still have to do it. If you want to partake in the voting process."
An Ocean Of Worry
Today people all over the world are celebrating World Oceans Day. Some countries organized beach clean ups, marches and even launched online campaigns such as #Zeroplasticlunch and The Last Straw. Well, Belize is doing its part too. There are several information booths all over the country to spread awareness on the importance of our oceans. Vice President of OCEANA, Janelle Chanona told us more about this observance.
A presentation was also held at the Marina Towers
Another Dead Manatee
But it wasn't all smiles and celebrations today - around midday, a dead manatee washed up in the Buttonwood Bay area behind Brodies. Manatee expert Jamal Galvez was on scene and based on his preliminary examinations, he says it seems it was struck by a boat. It was bleeding from its nose. Chanona also got word of the tragedy and told us more about it in her interview.
Janelle Chanona, VP OCEANA Belize:
"It is tragic that on World Ocean Day when everybody is trying to feel good, just around noon we got another alert that a juvenile manatee has wash ashore. It's really important for people to realize that given how long it takes for these creatures to continue their specie that we really need to assess what we are doing and obviously what we are doing needs to change..."
PC Benjamin Faces Firearm Charges
We kept following up on the story last week about the police officer who pulled a gun on another cop and was not criminally charged - even though court action was requested. Well, yesterday, 27 year old Police Constable, Leonard Albert Benjamin of a Santa Elena Town address was formally arrested and charged for Aggravated Assault with a firearm.
There is credible information which suggests that the police senior command wanted to sweep this one under the rug with a disciplinary charge. The incident was caught on camera and criminal charges were only pursued at 7News reported on what appeared to be a cover-up.
KHMH: The Roof Is On Dire
Since Mid-march the KHMH has been operating in emergency mode, where the hospital had to cut back services because the roof over a third of the hospital was structurally compromised.
Iron supports were used to prop different portions of the roof until a permanent set of repairs could be made.
Well, finally, on Monday, June 11, these repairs to the roof will start.
A press release from the KHMH says, quote, "...a plan to address these failures has been identified and will be applied over the course of the next few months.
During this time, the full cooperation of the general public, patients and staff is being requested, as these repairs will affect the level and safety of service delivered. " End quote.
Collective To WOMEX
The Garifuna Collective has made a name for Belize all over the world. They've toured all over the US, Europe, and Canada, even playing down under in Australia.
And, on October 27, the Collective will get a world stage at the 2018 WOMEX event, which will be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
WOMEX, which is short for World Music Expo, is a very prestigious international event where fans and some of the big names in the world music industry attend to enjoy and discover great musical talents.
Andy Palacio performed at the expo back in 2007, and that same year, he and Ivan Duran won a Womex Award for their accomplishments on the Watina album.
Well, this time around, The Garifuna Collective will get their opportunity, and they say that their objective is to trail blaze and open doors for other Belizean musicians.
The Music Ambassador hosted a press conference for the Collective to tell the nation that they intend to make Belize proud:
Seawell Suing GOB After Years In Jail
14 months ago, Mark Seawell was released from prison after 6 and a half years on remand for an extradition request from the US. That ended the 10-year saga that he and his other Seawell brothers endured, and well, he is now preparing to sue the Government of Belize for false imprisonment.
Today's edition of the Amandala Newspaper reports that his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, has already filed his lawsuit with the Supreme Court Registry. In it, Seawell notes that he was imprisoned for 2,376 days, and he is seeking damages for that prolonged time in detention. He has named the Attorney General of Belize and the Superintendent of Prisons as the defendants in this suit.
City’s Haley Thurton, O.W.’s Ricardo Umana Joint-Top of P.S.E.
Hummingbird Elementary of Belize City has consistently produced top scorers at the P.S.E.; but this year, students at the private primary school, over performed clinching five of the top ten [...]
Exam Chief’s Tough Talk: “We are Failing our Children”
But while the joy of the top twenty-five and other high scorers is unconfined, the overall picture of the results remains under par. The mean score for English dipped two [...]
Mark Seawell Challenges Government over Extradition Detention
Fourteen months ago, Mark Seawell was released from a decade of incarceration, six and a half years of which was under notice of extradition to the United States. Along with [...]
Garifuna Collective Represent Belize at WOMEX Celebration
The Garifuna Collective is making a huge comeback at WOMEX, that’s the World’s Music Expo held in Spain. Back in 2007, Andy Palacio won the prestigious award. Well this year, [...]
N.C.F.C. Jumps into Debate on Charges for Minor, 13, over Firearm
Elwin Pitter, the minor who was shot by the police remains at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital recovering from injuries he sustained. Police maintain that the thirteen-year-old was shot because [...]
Macaw Poachers Detained in Chiquibul
Two Guatemalans were detained inside the Chiquibul Forest some four kilometres from the western border on Wednesday. Rangers attached to Friends of Conservation and Development came upon a group of [...]
1 Charged for Brints Security Gun Heist
Supervisor for security firm Brints Security, Jody Rhamdas, was ambushed and robbed of two black nine-millimeter pistols by three masked and armed men on Wednesday afternoon, June sixth. A first [...]
Caye Caulker Woman Out on Bail after Making Indecent Proposal to Minor
Thirty-one-year-old Maria Estrella Jimenez Ortega, a resident of Caye Caulker, was arraigned on May thirty-first in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court for attempted trafficking in persons in relation to a [...]
13 Shelters Identified by City for Hurricane Season
On Thursday, we shared the City Emergency Management Organisation’s plans and preparation for the hurricane season. Also discussed was the issue of shelters across the City. According to CEMO, the [...]
New Council Tackling Manhole Covers
Covers for manholes? Mayor Bernard Wagner says yes. When he took up office in March, he also took up a contract, done under Darrel Bradley’s administration, to get the manholes [...]
Oscar Quiroz Races Omnium Event in Georgia
Twenty-four-year-old cyclist Oscar Quiroz departed the country on Thursday to compete in the fifth annual Healthy Newton Omnium. It’s a competitive cycling race being held in Newton County in Georgia, [...]
Ex-Lands Officer Says He was Forced Out of Department
Seven public officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources were terminated, according to a press release from the Ministry of Natural Resources last week. Additionally, the ministry made clear that [...]
Southern Regional Gets Medical Lab
The Southern Regional Hospital has a brand new lab. The new facility was inaugurated on Thursday in Dangriga where the funders, PROBITAS, foundation that provides medical resources, training and funding [...]
The Do’s and Don’ts of Internet Marketing
The Small Business Development Center, a unit of BELTRAIDE, holds monthly workshops across the country to help businesses get acclimated to modern practices and initiatives. On Thursday, several businesses gathered [...]
Introducing Miss Universe Belize Delegates
Meet the delegates of the 2018 Miss Universe Belize. The eleven ladies were selected from a pool of thirty-two applicants following auditions, background and social media checks. The candidates will [...]
Hummingbird Elementary top performer in PSE
The PSE results are in and the overall picture is not a very good one as more than half of the students who sat the exams scored less than satisfactory in all four subject areas. There was a tie at the top as Haley Thurton of Hummingbird Elementary School and Rolando Umana of La Inmaculada …
Mark Seawell sues GOB for unlawful detention
Mark Seawell is suing the Government of Belize for unlawful imprisonment. He was jailed for since 2007 on an extradition request from the United States Government. He was accused of importing drugs into the US in the mid-1990s. His extradition case begun in 2011. Seawell filed for a writ of habeas corpus in the same …
Cordel Hyde says PUP got it wrong in Port Loyola
Cordel Hyde says the People’s United Party got it wrong in the Port Loyola Division. Gilroy Usher Senior was endorsed instead of facing Belize City Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts in a convention. Yesterday, Hyde, a deputy leader of the party, told the press that he believes that a convention between the two was the best …
Cordel Hyde comments on reports of Zenaida Mora running for the PUP
Last week reports surfaced that former UDP Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya was interested in running in the Mesopotamia Division for the People’s United Party. When we asked Moya about it she said she is not discussing who she is running for, if she is running at this point in time. She also said that …
FCD Rangers detain poachers in the Chiquibul
FCD rangers managed to detain two of five poachers on Wednesday. The group of five Guatemalan nationals was discovered by rangers who were on a training exercise inside the Chiquibul Forest. They were caught with three curassows and one crested guan, both types of birds. They were also in possession of two scarlet macaw chicks …
Manatee killed on World Oceans Day
As Belize joined the world in celebrating World Oceans Day, environmentalist here are upset that a manatee washed up on shore in Belize City. Manatee Research Associate at Sea to Shore Alliance, Jamal Galves confirmed that the ‘young juvenile fell victim to boat collision’. Galves expressed his unhappiness with the matter and so did Janelle …
NCFC demands fair treatment for children in the Justice System
A thirteen year old Belize City boy has been charged with firearm offences after he pulled a gun at law enforcement officers. It happened on Saturday the thirteen-year-old pointed a .38 chrome special revolver at officers who were responding to a tip concerning a suspicious person. Officers shot the boy on both legs and he …
World Oceans Day celebrated in Belize
Belize joins the world today in celebrating World Oceans Day. This year’s initiative is focused at preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. According to the United Nations, 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism. Plastic pollution costs the lives …
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF ELDERLY MAN
A fatal road traffic accident in Cattle Landing Village claimed the life of an elderly man. According to reports, 29 year old Daniel Aurelius was riding his Red Lifan motorcycle from Punta Gorda Town to Cattle Landing Village when he knocked down 56 year old Hector Ramclam who was walking along the...
WILSER ECHEVERIA GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER
Today, 22 year old Wilser Echeveria was found guilty of manslaughter and not murder. That was the verdict handed down today in the Belmopan Supreme Court. Echeveria was charged with the 2014 murder of 64 year old Panamanian Diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa Stanford. The Diomat’s body was found...
SANTANDER WILL BE FINED, IT WILL TAKE TIME
Will Santander be fined for the violation of its Export Processing Zone license? Over the past two weeks, various stake holders have pitched in on the issue, including the 3 cane farmers associations. The associations are demanding that Santander face the maximum penalty available for their violatio...
CHESTER RESPONDS TO POLICE COVER UP ALLEGATIONS
One of the top stories that made the news earlier this week had to do with a 13 year old minor who was shot by Police officers over the weekend for pointing a gun at the officers. In an Interview with Chanel 7 earlier this week, a parent of the 13 year old minor insisted that the gun was planted on ...
COLA stands WITH KREMANDALA!
C.O.L.A. in a press release issued today says that they stand with the Kremandala organization against the ill-explained decision by government-owned Belize Telemedia Limited to withdraw advertising from the media group. It says “The statement issued earlier by B.T.L. is half-baked and makes n...
SECURITY GUARDS IN SECURITY VAN ROBBED
A security van carrying four Security Guards was ambushed and robbed on Magazine Street in Belize City early this morning. The guards are all employees of Brint’s Secuirty Company. Police tells us more about this incident Wilfredo Ferrufino, National Crimes Investigation Branch: There was another r...
POLICE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Last week, we reported to you that a conflict ensued between two San Ignacio Police Constables in front of the San Ignacio Police Station. Reports were that PC Leonard Benjamin pulled his assigned 9 millimeter pistol on PC Obed Arzu during a personal dispute. Today police informed us that 27 year ol...
Another fuel price increase
There will be another fuel price increase as of midnight tonight. Diesel is going up from $10.63 to $10.97 per Gallon in Belize City. The pump prices for diesel oil in the districts will be slightly higher due to internal freight charges, according to GOB. There will be no...
JP Association and AG office remain at odds?
Over the years,there have been numerous reports against JP’s who unlawfully request payments for their services. Belize has approximately 4000 registered JP’s and of that number 600 JP’s come under the National Association of Justices of the Peace. In order to join the Association, one must go throu...
Re-Registration of Electors set to commence July
The Elections and Boundaries Department is enacting Statutory Instrument No. 47 of 2017 which is a proclamation issued by the Governor General altering the date for the commencement of the re-registration exercise to be carried out from 1st July 2017 to 1st July 2018. The exercise paves the way for ...
Police Operation Yield More Drugs
Another Drug Operation by police officers resulted in the discovery of more drugs. Reports are that around 11;30 a.m. yesterday, police conducted an Anti-drug operation in the area of Oleander and Flamboyant streets. As searches were conducted in an abandoned house, police say a pink knapsack was d...
OSWALD ARNOLD STILL MISSING AFTER 21 DAYS
20 year old Oswald Arnold of Roaring Creek Village, who was last seen on Thursday 17 May, has still not been found. According to police, the leads that they have been following yielded no results. Investigator Wilfredo Ferrufino gave us an update. Wilfredo Ferrufino, National Crimes Investigation B...
RET International’s Consultation on Corruption
RET international held a Stakeholder Consultation at the George Price Center for Peace and Development this morning. The event was organized to address the culture of corruption, trafficking in person and Gender based violence. In attendance were various stake holders, including the Association of t...