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Miguel Arroyo found murdered North of San Pedro Town
After 12 days missing, the body of 23-year-old island fisherman Miguel Arroyo was found in a severely decomposed state approximately one and half miles north of San Pedro Town. Arroyo was reported missing on Monday, September 10th, when he failed to return home after leaving to go to the store. An immediate search was launched by family members and the San Pedro Police.
According to an official police report, information received on Saturday, September 22nd at around 1PM stated that a body had been discovered in a lagoon area north of the island. About 75ft deep in some bushes, Arroyo was found. Due to the state of decomposition, an on-site postmortem examination was carried out, certifying the cause of death as a result of injuries to the head. Due to the cause of death, police have ruled Arroyo’s death a murder, and a full investigation into the incident has been launched.
Ambergris Caye celebrates Belize’s 37th Independence anniversary with much patriotism
Belize celebrated its 37th Independence Anniversary on Friday, September 21st, and thousands of islanders on Ambergris Caye honoured the memorable occasion with patriotic activities. Under the theme ‘Belize Da Fi Wi- Now and Forever, 8867,’ San Pedranos convened at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Arena on Thursday, September 20th for the official Independence Eve and midnight flag raising ceremonies. After ushering in Independence Day, the celebration continued on Friday with a grand parade through the main streets of San Pedro Town, culminating at the Central Park where a beach party took place until late in the evening.
A September To Remember - Fireworks, Flag Raising Ceremony & Jouvert!
A September to Remember - Celebrating our country's Independence is something rather important and there are many events leading to the grand celebration. We have combined some pictures of a few events that took place on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye commemorating our country's Independence.
San Pedro High School held a reenactment of the raising of the Belize Flag for the first time on Independence Cay 1981; the British Flag came down. Mr. Angel Nunez was the guest speaker for the event and a poster competition was held among the Freshmen Class.
The San Pedro Town Council held the Independence Eve Block Party at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports field. The Belize Coast Guard carried out the flag raising ceremony, 21 gun salute and specatators enjoyed a colorful and bright fireworks display.
Independence Day Celebrations kicked off early on Friday, September 21, 2018 with Jouvert starting from the Old Football Field parading through the streets of San Pedro.
Missing Person Found Dead On North Ambergris Caye
Police are now investigating the death of Miguel Arroyo who was reported missing on Monday, September 10, 2018, when he failed to return home after leaving for the store. Twelve days later his body was found in a shallow grave north of San Pedro Town. An official Police Report stated that after receiving information on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at around 1 p.m., police visited a lagoon area about 1 ½ mile north of San Pedro Town. In some bushes approximately 75 feet from the lagoon they found the decomposed body of Miguel Angel Arroyo Hernandez.
The Belize Network Of NGOs Launches ICJ Online Survey
The Guatemalan Claim is a very touchy topic, to go to ICJ or not is a question many Belizeans still don’t know what to choose. And although many have expressed their strong opinions on social media there are some that are still indecisive. With this in mind the The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has launched a survey to collect data on the perspectives of Belizeans on Guatemala's claim to Belize. The survey will be administered by Aldair Gongora, a Belizean PhD Candidate at Boston University.
San Pedro's Independence Day Parade ROCKED!
The residents of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize put on a FANTASTIC parade in commemoration of Belize's 37th Independence Day celebrations this past weekend. On Friday, September 21, Belizeans all over the country showed off their patriotism in many ways; San Pedro organized one of the most energetic and colorful parades. It was hot, but then it rained, then it was hot once again, but none of this made it any difficult for the revelers to put on a spectacular show full of color, dance and pride for Belize.
Misc Belizean Sources
BELIZE BENEFITS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA’S DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME
On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the Government of Belize received a donation of computers and equipment valued at US$90,000 from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2018.
Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belize, and receiving the equipment on behalf of the Government of Belize was Mrs. Deborah Domingo, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education.
It is expected that this generous donation will outfit Bishop O.P Martin R.C School, Belmopan Methodist High School, More Tomorrow Government School, Franks Eddy Government School, Big Falls R.C School, Forest Home Methodist School, Fire Burn Government School, and Paraiso Government School with state of the art computers and will allow for the delivery of high quality skills to students and teachers of the above mentioned institutions.
Caye Caulker Spearfishing Tournament
Sunday, September 30, Registration at 8am at Palapa Gardens
COROZAL - PREVENT ZIKA - RED CROSS COMMUNITY CLEAN UP
COROZAL - PREVENT ZIKA - RED CROSS COMMUNITY CLEAN UP. The Belize Red Cross is hosting a Community Cean-Up Campaign to reduce areas of mosquito breeding in our Corozal District. Corozal District has the highest number of reported Zika cases in all of Belize. Areas to be covered are, in Corozal Town: Skeleton Town and College Road. Rural areas include: San Narciso, Ranchito, Calcutta, Chan Chen and San Joaquin. See date and time on E-flyer below.
Trash bags will be provided by the Red Cross for clean up around homes and public areas, and bags will be collected for removal.
A Recap of the Caye Caulker September Celebrations Parade....Part 1
A Recap of the Caye Caulker September Celebrations Parade....Part 2
Photos from the American Birding Expo
Belize Tourism Board
Job Vacancy, Oceana needs Administrative Assistant in Belmopan
Oceana in Belize is seeking to fill the vacant position of Administrative Assistant in Belmopan. General responsibilities include: Accounting and administrative support. Interested applicants should possess at least an Associate’s Degree in Management or Business Administration. Applications must be emailed to [email protected]
One of Belize’s great political leaders, Dean Lindo, has died
By Wellington C. Ramos
Dean Russel Lindo, an attorney by profession, and the first leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), died on September 17, 2018, at his home in Belize City. He was also a two-time elected representative from Fort George Division in Belize City, a minister of natural resources in the 1984 UDP Manuel Esquivel administration, a Belizean ambassador to the United States of America, UDP national campaign chairman and advisor to the party.
He was the uncle of Belize’s current three term prime minister, Dean Barrow, who was named after him and was his mentor since he entered politics in the late 1970s. From the time I was born in Dangriga, there were only two main political parties in Belize and they were the People’s United Party (PUP) led by George Cadle Price, a former premier and prime minister, and the National Independence Party (NIP) led by the late Philip Goldson, a representative for Albert Division in Belize City for many years.
Ministry of Human Development Offers Support
in Wake of Devastating OW Fire
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation joins the country in mourning the devastating loss of Mr. Alfred Petillo and his three children in the tragic fire on Sunday morning in the Orange Walk District.
The Ministry has reached out to all three families affected by Sunday’s fire and has provided them with counselling intervention via counsellors from the Belize Community Counselling Center. Additionally, the Ministry is providing material assistance for all three families inclusive of burial assistance to help with funeral costs.
Extension of Opening Hours- Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby advise the public that the opening hours for the Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices countrywide have been extended for this FINAL WEEK of the Re-Registration of Electors Exercise. The Opening Hours are from: Monday 24th September to Sunday 30th September 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
All qualified persons are encouraged to take advantage of the extended opening hours. Remember you cannot vote in ANY election or Referendum if you are not registered.
Re-Register: “Your Right to Vote Depends on It.”
Updates on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present another update to the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise.
An update is hereby provided as follows for the period 16th to 22nd September, 2018.
During the period a total of One Thousand and Twenty-Six (1,026) applications were accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as at 22nd September, 2018 is One Hundred and Twenty-Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixteen (124,416).
CCLTC Quarterly Public discussion
You are Cordinally Invited to the CCLTC Quarterly Public discussion.
Thursday September 27, 2018.
At Caye Caulker Community Center.
Please RSVP your seat by emailing [email protected]
Women of the Belize Coast Guard
I have admiration for women serving our country in military uniform. Last week we witnessed a full female squad of the Belize Coast Guard heading the midnight celebration to welcome our Independence! The Squad Commander Ensign Shawdi Reyes leads!
SUPPORT FOR EXPORT-LED DEVELOPMENT IN THE COROZAL DISTRICT WITH A FOCUS ON REPURPOSING THE FREE ZONE
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce is embarking on a Consultancy titled "SUPPORT FOR EXPORT-LED DEVELOPMENT IN THE COROZAL DISTRICT WITH A FOCUS ON REPURPOSING THE FREE ZONE" through a Technical Cooperation (TC) with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Ministry hereby invites stakeholders to a consultation session with Consultants from "Vivid Economics (London)" on Thursday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Conference Room of the Corozal Junior College, Corozal Town.
The Corozal District has benefited from an estimated 3,800 jobs in the Corozal Free Zone. Free Zones were originally created with the objective to expand trade in goods and to attract foreign investment. The focus on this objective has changed over time and the Free Zones are no longer serving their original purpose. Free Zones operate under a high cash environment where the banking system, due to the de-risking concerns, is hesitant to offer services to existing free zone businesses.
Customer Service Excellence Training
Beltraide is having a free Customer Service Excellence training this Thursday and Friday at the Santa Elena Library. Contact them at 223-0322 to register.
"SAN IGNACIO / SANTA ELENA RESIDENTS:
BTEC, a unit of BELTRAIDE, is proud to offer the upcoming 2-day training in Customer Service Excellence.
The training takes place on September 27-28 at the Santa Elena Library. See the flyer attached for more details and contact us at Ph: 223-0322 or Email: [email protected] to pre-register."
Mistah Pick-up in Cayo
Cayo has a new delivery service. Mistah Pick-up has started delivering as of today. Many local businesses will be teaming up with them to get food and supplies delivered. You can read more on their page, or contact them at 603-5666. They are also on Whataspp.
A vacancy exists for a Chef at the US Embassy
The successful candidate will be required to obtain a security clearance and undergo a medical examination.
BASIC FUNCTION OF THE POSITION:
The Chef is responsible for the day-to-day planning, budgeting, purchasing, preparing and presenting meals for events of 2 to 100 guests. The Chef’s repertoire must include a diverse range of cooking styles, and meal types, including vegetarian. The Chef will also be required to maintain financial records, manage inventory and assure highest standards of safety, cleanliness and proper food preparation and storage. The Chef is required to maintain a clean and sanitary kitchen, including appliances, dinnerware, utensils, and surfaces, and always be properly and professionally attired. The Chef will also lead teams of service staff at functions.
San Pedro Beach Cleanup Thursday
This Thursday September 27 at 6am full town cleanup of the beach !!! Come one come all !!
Bring your pitchfork wheelborow trucks !! Central Park !!
Employment opportunity at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
How was southern Belize Colonized?
The Belize Archives just released this powerful document which shows how the Baymen treated our indigenous ancestors.
"Until recently, Belizean historiography suggested that all of the Maya people living in (what is today known as) southern Belize were killed before the British arrived—and that the land remained essentially empty until the 1880s. - Joel Wainwright, Check out his talk here:
Father and Three Kids Perish in Fire Tragedy
Tonight, we have a packed newscast following the 3-day Independence Day weekend, but the story making headlines tonight is that a second family of 4 has died in a house fire in only 3 months.
This one happened in Orange Walk Town early yesterday morning, when the Petillo family was resting after a night out.
Alfredo Petillo and his 3 children, Kevawn Clarke, Jayda Petillo, and Mia Petillo, ages 10 to 14, became trapped in a blaze that destroyed their home, as well as those of their uncles.
The family yard, located at the corner of Progress and Cinderella Street in the Town, had 4 homes built close together, where the 3 Petillo Brothers and their spouses and children lived. At the main building is where their parents lived, but yesterday's fire started in Alfredo Petillo's kitchen and quickly spread to his brothers' family home, destroying everything in its wake.
Fire Department Says Stove Was Left On
So, you've seen the immense pain and grief in the aftermath of this fire, but up until this afternoon, it was unclear what exactly started it.
The senior command of the National Fire Service hosted a press conference this afternoon to explain in details what their findings show. They say someone just left a pot on the stove and forgot to turn it off:
Ted Smith, Fire Chief, National Fire Service :
"The fire started from the stove area."
"Was the stove left on?"
"It appears that something was being cooked on the stove, a sort of aluminum type material as it melted and flowed within the top of the stove. We do have pictures but we didn't get it on the computer. That reflected that. When that occurred, the gas tank that was near and the transparent tubing - once the fire started it quickly broke the transparent tubing."
Fire Dept Defends Itself Against Claims of Being Late and Unprepared
Of course, with all that pain comes rage, and members of the Petillo family are unhappy with the performance of the fire department.
You'll know that the firefighters are often the first ones at whom the fingers are pointing. And, in this case, the grieving family say that the authorities response to this deadly fire was inadequate, with a lack of water, and lateness in arriving to the scene. Here are a few of their complaints:
Saturinno Petillo - Brother/Uncle of the Deceased:
"They ran out of water. They had to bring an extra truck and try to do their best. Everybody was trying to give a hand. But it was too late."
One Year Old Drowns In Vat
A 1 year old baby boy drowned in a vat this weekend. It happened in the Port Loyola Area of Belize City at Krooman Lagoon on Saturday night. Now the family says they have been getting a lot of hate messages on social media, calling them negligent. Well, the baby's father spoke to us off camera today to set the record straight. He says it was an accident and it happened so fast. The baby's mom didn't see when the baby slipped away. Here that story.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
Today Alexie Sanchez and her family spent most of their day inside their Krooman Lagoon home - enfolded in bitterness and sorrow.
Sanchez's baby boy Kelvin Sanchez drowned in this vat near their house. The tragedy happened on Saturday night around 6:00.
Police Contemplating Charges for Parents
We also asked the head of CIB about this child drowning case. They say they are looking at the possibility of negligence:
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City:
"The family was having a reunion and the child was left in the house. They began to look for the child and the child was nowhere to be found. The mother went to her residence which is not far from where her mother lives and the child was not there. The father at the same time was coming out and he was looking outside if the yard when he saw inside of the vat the minor. They took him out and they rushed him to the hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries whilst at the hospital."
"Any idea how the minor got into the vat?"
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"What we believe is that the house is six feet elevated off the ground and the vat is about seven feet in height, so just about a foot difference in height of the house."
Man Found Murdered on San Pedro
There's been another murder on San Pedro - and like the many that have proceeded it, this one could be drug related.
23 year old fisherman Miguel Arroyo left home on the Tenth September at 2:00 pm to go to a nearby store. But, he never came home.
His family started searching and found him dead yesterday - a good distance from home, with his head smashed in:
ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB:
"The family, as we know, they have been searching along with police in different locations within San Pedro. On that day they ventured across the lagoon and that is where they met up with the decomposed body..."
Man Drinks Poison, Urges Stepdaughter to Do Same
A 30 year old man drank the poisonous herbicide gramaxone - and then urged his 15 year old stepdaughter to do the same.
It happened this morning in Bella vista Village in the Toledo District. Felistino Ash was with his stepdaughter - who had run away from home on Friday the 21st.
She met up with him - and in an act of what can only be called madness, he got her to drink gramaxone with him. Reports say she put it in her mouth and waited until he had gulped down a large amount, to spit it out.
The girl survived, while he died in the room. Police told us more:..
Young Mother Killed In Hit and Run
It was a rough holiday weekend on the highways - and out our next three stories about road traffic fatalities. We turn now to the north where a young mother was killed in a hit and run on Independence eve. 22 year old Caroline Riverol was walking across the road at the Santa Martha- Carmelita junction when she was run over by a truck that didn't stop. Police told us more:
ACP Joseph Myvett- Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"Our investigation so far is that she probably was in the process of crossing the highway when she was knocked down by a truck which failed to stop..."
Family Says She Was Waiting on The Roadside
Our colleagues from CTV 3 News also spoke with Salazar's uncle, Juan Rodriguez. He said that from what the family's been able to establish, she was not crossing the road, but standing at the side of the highway, waiting to travel to Orange Walk town. She was going to meet up with her aunt to enjoy their regular Independence Eve outing together. They say that's when the truck hit her:
Juan Rodriguez, Uncle of Deceased:
"Everyone was getting ready to go to the September celebrations. It was 20th night - to see the fireworks. It's something that my wife and my niece normally goes out together and waited for the juuvey in Orange Walk that was in the morning at 4am. At that time my wife was getting ready to go and meet her. They were actually texting that they were going to meet - that the bus was coming and that she was going to take the bus and my wife was texting her back that they will at the town council. We got a call saying that she had died. I didn't believe it. But we got another call to confirm."
Man Sees Checkpoints, Jumps Off Moving Bus To Death
A man jumped off a moving bus - and ended up dead - all because it appears he wanted to avoid a police checkpoint. Police told us it happened on last week Thursday when the Santander employees' bus was on the Valley of Peace Road. Here's Assistant Commissioner Myvett with more:...
ACP Jospeh Myvett- Head of National Crime Investigations Branch:
"On the 20th of September, shortly after 3:30 pm, Belmopan police was conducting a vehicular checkpoint on the Valley of Peace road when a bus approached the checkpoint but shortly before the bus came to a stop a male Hispanic person jumped out of the moving bus through the backdoor. His name was later learnt to be Carlos Jimenez, a 24 years Honduran of a Young Bank address. He was taken to the Western Regional Hospital and later transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to the injuries he received from the accident."
Bella Vista Traffic Fatality
And in a third traffic fatality to report tonight - there was another fatal hit and run accident - this one outside Bella Vista village. Police told us more:...
ACP Joseph Myvett- Head of National Crime Investigations Branch:
"Sometime around 6:31 pm, police officers from the intermediate southern formation were called to an area between miles 44 and 45 on the Southern Highway where they observed the motionless body of a Hispanic male person later identified to be Juan Pop, 62 years Guatemalan farmer of Bella Vista Village on the right hand side of the road...""
Cayo Man on Life Support After Shooting
A man from Santa Elena, Cayo is on life support after he was shot to the head. It happened on Saturday night after a fight between two groups. Trapp was in the middle of that fight - and later that night when he was at home cooling off, two masked men pulled up to kill him. Police told us more:..
ACP Joseph Myvett- Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"On the 21st of September sometime around 8:55 pm, police were called out to the hot-point area of Santa Elena town at a residence where they learnt that some six persons were socializing and during the process two persons road up on a motorcycle, one of whom got off the cycle and fired several shots towards the direction of where the persons were socializing and one of those shots caught Mr. Harvey Trapp to the left ear. As a result he was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital and later to the K.H.M.H. where he is now on a mechanical ventilator and he is in a critical condition."
Special Needs Man Shot
And, there was also a shooting in Belize City - fortunately this one wasn't very serious. But, the man who was injured was a blameless victim, actually a special needs individual. Police told us more:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB, Belize City:
"On Friday at about 8:35 pm police visited the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where they observed Mr. Leroy Waller, 37 years old Belizean of Neal's Pen Road, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his neck. What police have gathered so far is that Mr. Waller was walking on Neal's Pen Road heading towards the boulevard when he was approached by someone who came from behind and fired several shots at him. This happened in front of 187 Neal Pen Road where a wake was taking place. Fortunately he was admitted and discharged on the same night. His injury was a minor one."
Family Homeless After Jane Usher Fire
A Curl Thompson street family lost everything in a fire. It happened early yesterday morning after 1:00 in the Jane Usher Area. Shantel Smith and her 14 year old brother were asleep inside the house when he alerted Smith to the fire. They ran out just in time, unharmed but they had to watch their home go up in flames. Today we spoke to a neighbor whose home was minimally damaged by the fire.
Dorian Cardenes, Neighbor:
"After 1 o' clock I woke up and I saw flames in the sky through the window and then have the neighbor called the fire department, but it took a little while but they came. They came late when the house already burnt down."
He Shot At Cops In City
Our next three stories are about acts of violence targeting police over the Independence Day weekend. We start in the city where a man known to the police is still wanted after he allegedly fired on two cops. ASP Cowo told us more:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB, Belize City:
"On Saturday just before 5 in the morning, a police officer had just departed the Queen's street police station on board of an unmarked police vehicle, driven at the time by Inspector Caliz accompanied by Srgt. Maroquin and a BDF corporal that is attached to the ACT Operation. Whilst they were leaving the compound they drove into Barrack Road, into North Front Street and just approaching by Bottom Dolla, they were alerted that a guy was ahead of them with what appeared to be a firearm..."
Corporal’s Home Shot Up In San Joaquin
And while police are waiting for Longsworth - Hendy to turn himself in - they are still trying to confirm who shot up a policeman's house in San Joaquin, Corozal. It happened on the 20th night but wasn't discovered until the 21st.:...
ACP Joseph Myvett- Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"On the 21st of September police received information sometime around 11:30 am from the common law wife of a police officer living in San Joaquin Village who reported to police that on the 20th of September, shortly after 10 pm, she heard several bangs but did not pay much attention to it as she thought it was fire-works. However on the 21st of September around 8 am, when she exited her home and went to the street side, she observed a number of expended shells on the street side..."
Racing Hilux Hit Cop At Checkpoint
And, in Cayo, a police constable was injured at a highway checkpoint, when an eastbound Toyota Hilux blazed past and hit him. It happened on Friday night near the Red Creek checkpoint near San Ignacio. Police told us more:...
ACP Joseph Myvett- Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"Also on Friday, sometime shortly after 7pm, a team of police officers were conducting vehicular check point at the Red Creek checkpoint in Santa Elena. Whilst on the checkpoint, a white pickup approached the checkpoint at high speed and one of the officers who was standing in the middle of the highway near the checkpoint sign was hit by the bumper of the vehicle and also during the process..."
Uniforms Found In House Search
And while police look for that pickup with a broken side mirror - in Punta Gorda, the cops came upon a stash of police uniforms in a house search. They were in possession of a special constable and the cops say they may be legit. Here's more:...
ACP Joseph Myvett - Head of National Crime Investigations Branch:
"On the 22nd September sometime around 5:30am, Punta Gorda police conducted a search at the residence of Kevin Trapp, 20 year old of an Oreo Street Address in Punta Gorda. As a result a number of police uniforms were found. However, during the investigative process it is learnt that Mr. Trapp was a member of the police youth cadet corps for a while before he became a special constable. So far he has only been charged for assaulting a police officer. I do not know at the point in time whether other charges are forthcoming in relation to the uniforms."
50 Boxes of Sugar Cane Insecticide Found West, But For Whom?
And while police in the south were looking for uniforms, a patrol team out west came out with a large amount of contraband insecticide. It happened on the Calla Creek Road which is a main route for contraband smugglers. The cops caught two Guatemalans coming through in a pickup with Beqnue plates, loaded with insecticide:...
ACP Joseph Myvett - Head of National Crime Investigations Branch
"Also on the 22nd September, sometime around 11:30am whilst San Ignacio police were conducting mobile patrol in the Calla Creek area, they came across a red Toyota pickup which had 2 occupants and at the time the pickup was loaded with 40 cases of respec insecticide..."
Guardsman With Ganja
And in another bust, a Coast GuaRdsman was busted with marijuana in retail quantities and packaging. Police told us it happened in Dangriga:...
ACP Joseph Myvett - Head of National Crime Investigations Branch:
"On Thursday 20th September, sometime around 6:55pm, Dangriga police was conducting patrols in the Riverside area where they conducted a search on Leonard Flores, 25 year old Belizean Coast Guard officer. During the process of the search of a bag he had, 54.1 grams of cannabis was found. He has since been arrested and charged for the offence of possession of control drugs and taken before the court today."
There Will Be More Than One Arrest For Pier One Brawl
Last week we told you about a single arrest for the Pier One bar brawl that left three persons injured. Well, another video has emerged showing just how lawless the entire episode was. And the acting police commissioner has directed that everyone in the video be found and arrested for disorderly conduct. Police told us more charges will be coming forward:...
National Day Speeches Were Combative
On Thursday at midnight, the Belize flag went up for the 37th time - this one at the memorial park in Belize City.
And on Friday, it was the official independence day ceremonies in Belmopan. The main speeches were given by the Leader of the Opposition and the Acting Prime Minister, with an introduction by their host mayor, Khalid Belisle:..
In terms of cherry plums, there weren't many, but there were a few. First, the announcement that another project is in the pipeline for the Phillip Goldson Highway, to re-pave it from mile 24.5 all the way to the Corozal border.
State Funeral Lindo, Lion Of The UDP
The State Funeral for the first Leader of the UDP, Dean Lindo was held this afternoon at St. John's Cathedral.
The 86 year old was cremated according to his wishes and the ashes were put in a mahogany box. The box was marched today to St. John's Cathedral for a church ceremony that was primarily officiated by the Right Reverend Phillip Wright, Bishop of Belize. There was attendance of a cross-section of political personalities, the legal community, and friends from his long public life as an attorney, a sportsman and a statesman. The eulogy was read by Hugh Michael Lindo and Lydia Thurton - while Michael Finnegan gave the official remembrance. Here are excerpts:
And, we end tonight - in a manner befitting the patriot that Lindo was - with a few more scenes of the flag raising at midnight - followed by 15 minutes of fireworks.
We leave you with that - join me back here tomorrow...