Today's Belize News: May 14, 2015 - 05/14/15 12:00 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5 and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
Miss San Pedro invites you to a Magical Mayan Night Fundraising Banquet
Since winning the crown and hearts of the San Pedro community in August 2014, Miss San Pedro Michelle Nuñez has taken on several projects. She is not only a beauty ambassador, but someone who is striving to make a change in the lives of young girls in need of moral support. As such, Nuñez launched the SHINE (Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment) program with the assistance of On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) to empower young women. In an effort to continue the program, Nuñez will be hosting a fundraising banquet to raise monies to build a SHINE/OEWM center and home for victims of sexual exploitation.I Am Me 2 “A Magical Mayan Night” banquet will be held at Ramon’s Village Resort on Saturday, May 16th from 5:30PM to 9PM. This fun event includes a dinner buffet, Chinese auction, Maya flute music by Pablo Collado and of course, refreshing cocktails. The night will also commemorate the final activity of the SHINE girls’ first semester curriculum. “I have been patiently waiting for the event to come. I am inviting my entire community to be a part of the SHINE center! Together we can make a difference. Come and witness Pablo Collado and his Maya Flute, enjoy some Maya Pibil Tacos, and start saving those dollar coins as the Chinese Auction is bigger than ever. Persons will have a chance to win two round trip tickets to Punta Gorda with Tropic Air, where you get to enjoy the activities at the ‘Chocolate Festival of Belize’ which also includes accommodations and lunch with a Maya Family!! Let’s get into the spirit and wear Mayan white,” said Nuñez.
Finn K Project successfully celebrates island moms
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days and months in many parts of the world, and this year it was celebrated on May 10th here in Belize. To celebrated island moms on their special day, Findley Halliday, along with a very supportive San Pedro Business Community and several volunteers, hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th. Complete with a variety of breakfast classics, pastries and even small gifts for each mother in attendance, the event was a huge success and saw mothers of all ages attending. Held at the San Pedro Lions Den from 10AM to noon, Halliday catered to about 200 mothers from across the island. “I was so happy to see all the moms that came out to attend the event and enjoyed everything we had to offer. It is always good to give back to the community, especially to our mothers that work so hard every day,” said Halliday. A full meal of eggs, sausages, pancakes, fruits and so much more was served along with either fruit punch, coffee or milk. Mommies thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and even had a sweet treat to complete the brunch experience.
Pedro Sicajan Diaz passes away
On Wednesday, May 7th at around 7:30PM, the San Pedro Police visited Swan Street at the entrance of the San Pedrito Area after they had been alerted of a body lying on the sidewalk besides a nearby store. Upon arrival at the scene, police found the lifeless body of a Hispanic male. The deceased was later identified as 50-year-old Guatemalan National Pedro Sicajan Diaz. There were no visible signs of injury besides an abrasion in the mouth. Diaz, who was known to be suffering from alcohol addiction, is believed to have died of an alcohol abuse related illness. No foul play is suspected.
Libertad FC defeats island teams in weekend Football Marathon
The never ending football action continued in San Pedro during the two day United FC Football Marathon held at the Ambergris Stadium. Three well-seasoned island football teams and one mainland team from Libertad Village, faced off in a series of matches in the most exciting game in the world. United FC, Legends FC, Libertad FC and Los Catrachos classed in the preliminary round on Saturday, May 9th. By the second game day on Sunday, May 10th the final matches had already been determined and all eyes were on the almost five-foot first place trophy. Libertad FC and Los Catrachos were the two teams that made it to the finals. While the clear favorite of the crowd was Los Catrachos, Libertad FC was not planning on leaving without the trophy! As both teams prepared for the championship match that kicked off shortly after 1PM, anticipation grew across the Stadium. It was a tight game, with both teams showing their true strengths. At the end of the first half neither team had a goal, but that was about to change. Libertad took control of the match in the 70th minute when they broke through Los Catrachos defense and scored the first goal of the match. Los Catrachos was desperate for a score, but it wasn’t until up to the last minute that they managed to tie the game. Since there was still no clear champion, the game had to head into penalties. As alternating players from both teams headed to the goal box, the crowd held their breath in anticipation. Unfortunately Los Catrachos, was the first to miss a penalty, allowing Libertad FC to win the match in a 5-4 point game. For their win, Libertad took home major bragging rights, the grand trophy and several other prizes, while Los Catrachos had to settle for the second place trophy and prizes.
PUC Announces Decrease in Electricity Rate, BEL Says Possible Rate Increase After
Last week the Public Utilities Commission announced that electricity rates would be reduced from 41cents per kilowatt to 35 cents, which brought a sigh of relief to Belizeans. But a press release from Belize Electricity Limited released this week indicates that the company is not too happy about an additional discount that the PUC has factored into its rate setting methodology. So even though Belizeans will see a decrease of six cents saved on every kilowatt hour consumed when the reduction comes into effect on July 1, 2015 (applicable until June 30, 2016), the company says that it might be forced to increase the rate once the period is over. BEL’s initial request to the PUC was for a 10.4% decrease and ended up with a 15.24% cutback. According to BEL’s press release, their rate reduction methodology is not the same as that of the PUC’s, and even though they are pleased with the approval of a rate reduction, the utility company will be seeking a rate increase come July 2016. Below is the press release sent out by Belize Electricity Limited:
Southwest Airlines Announces Ticket Sales for Belize/Houston Flights
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly announced yesterday, May 13, 2015, that tickets for their Belize flights started to go on sale as of 3a.m., Thursday, May 14. Southwest Airlines has announced that it will be adding flights to Belize City from Houston starting October 15, 2015. At the press conference Kelly also stated that the airline added Liberia, Costa Rica, to the list of previously announced international destinations that Southwest will serve from Houston. Flights to Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Cancún in Mexico as well as San Jose start October 15. A flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica and the Liberia flight will begin November 1. Service to Aruba from Hobby began earlier this year. Kelly said four of the eight new flights have no competition in Houston currently. "These flights will provide much needed competition," Kelly said. "There will be much needed relief from some of the highest international fares in the country."
Misc Belizean Sources
The ladies of La Voz Karaoke 2015
Makeup by: Sublime by AnnMar Ayala Hair by: Escat Salon Outfits (Roxana): Le' Mar's Emporium Photographer: Hernan Perez © 2015
WOMEN"S CROSS COUNTRY BICYCLE RACE!!!!
this Sunday - Cayo to Belize City... starts at 8AM.. finishes in front of Leslie's
CDB project to benefit MSMEs, housing, education launched in Belize
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing funding to the Development Finance Corporation of Belize (DFC) to better support the productive sector, including small business; to assist students to access tertiary level and skills training programmes; and families to acquire or improve their own homes. Officially initiated on Tuesday at the CDB-DFC project launch workshop in Belize City, the programme, on completion in 2016 should benefit 50 MSMEs; 200 students and 150 lower middle income households. The project is being made possible via a loan of US$10.5 million and a grant of US$0.086 million to be used for: loans to the productive sector including micro-enterprises; mortgage financing; student loans; and renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) pilot programme. The financing also includes funding of a pilot programme among existing viable businesses to demonstrate the benefits of EE/RE. This EE/RE component of the loan will be accompanied with a grant of US$86,000 from CDB’s Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) to finance the cost of energy audits of participating businesses.
Power Interruption 8:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday, May 16, Belize City
portion of George Price Highway from Foam Factory to Faber’s Rd junction, Faber’s Rd junction to Krooman Rd and Krooman Rd. Two 5 minute power interruptions from 8:00 to 8:05am and 1:55 to 2:00 p.m. to affect Mile 1 to Mile 8 on the George Price Highway including Western Pines & West Lake and Mile 1 to Mile 3 on the Philip Goldson Highway, including University Heights, Coral Grove, Belama Phase 1 and Belama Phase 2 between Chetumal Street & Gwen Lizarraga Street. BEL to relocate high voltage lines from overhead to underground at the Faber’s Rd roundabout.
31st Annual Garifuna Convention
SAVE THE DATE! An event you DO NOT WANT TO MISS! World Renown Performers: The Garifuna Collective Venue to be announced soon.
Belize Ambassador residence in Guatemala Searched
Because of the recent corruption case involving the Guatemala Vice president resigning, her assets are being investigated. The residence of Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, was owned by a company that apparently is owned by former Vice President of Guatemala, Roxanna Baldetti, who resigned last week Friday. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs is quoted to say to Channel 5 “I received word; actually I have been to that residence. I think a month or two ago, I went there for the first time and it was spacious and a nice building for the residence of the ambassador. And when I went there we did discuss the question of the ownership of it, whom he was renting it from and at that time he informed me that in fact he had been informed me that it belonged to a company that ceased to do business, for one reason or the other, in Guatemala. The company had built the building as residence for its employees and then the company went out of business and they needed to rent it and it was shown to him and of all the premises that he looked at that was perhaps the most suitable for his purposes.
Hike to Victoria Peak. March 2015
Who has seen Victoria Peak has seen beauty. Who has climbed Victoria Peak can understand beauty. This was my first time to actually make it to the top, as my plans were cut short due to rain back in 2006. Such a hike really reconnects you with nature even if it has been decades apart. Here is a photostory for birders, botanists, GIS-ists :-) , and all those of you who love Belize for its natural wonders. Enjoy!
Hands for Life Visits Cristo Rey Primary School
SHJC's Hands for Life club visited Cristo Rey Primary School to hand out gifts and school supplies to the kids there. Thanks, H4L!
Here is another great opportunity for Belizean Artists between the ages of 18-30.
May 3rd – May 9th, 2015 Belize Fishing Report
Tarpon are back in the mix this week with some spectacular results, Permit slowed down a little but this could be due to the fact more people were fishing for tarpon since the weather was so good.
Hon. King Says No Lake-I Land For Squatters, Only For "His People"
Last night on the news you heard Lake Independence squatter Bernarda Riviera call out her area representative Mark King trying to move her group of 12 families off land – just so that he could give it to his supporters. Today, King told 7News that he can’t give any land in that area because the final map is just being made – but when he does give land it won’t be to Bernard Riviera and her squatters collective:… Hon. Mark King - Area Representative, Lake I "Made allegations that I want to give these land to my cronies. Boss, lot of those people who work with me in Lake I live in Lake I for years. They are living in their ma and pa backyard. We have single parents who are living in their ma and pa backyard so long that apply for a piece of land. Sometimes you have 3, 4 house like conchshell bay, crack up in the back of a little ghetto yard - and you will tell me that because you the wait, you just come and squat on this land. No man, I think our Lake I people who are living back long time and done have their application in, went through the right process. Boss I really see good and evil here and I think I am operating on the good side. This girl Cardova, I cast her as a PUP operative.
Belize's Mayan Antiquities Making A US Coast to Coast Run
A climate controlled eighteen wheeler is tonight on a 3,000 mile journey from Boston to San Diego. But this is not just another cargo truck – in that truck there are over 250 of Belize’s most prized Mayan artefacts, meticulously packed and stored. While these artefacts carry sacred stories of Maya antiquity, the science of packing them carries a story of its own. News Director Jules Vasquez and cameraman Codie Noralez traveled to Boston this weekend to capture …..last night you saw a snippet, tonight we bring you the full story…. Jules Vasquez Reporting… The mouth of the historic Charles River is dammed at the Boston Museum of Science inside, oblivious to the river’s pull, technicians are working with precision to disassemble the display cases known as vitrines which contain some of Belize; most previous artefacts.
Cricketer Was Victim Of Gill Street Shooting Spree
32 year old Shooting victim and well known cricketer Mykelt Anthony is recovering tonight at the KHMH – after a long surgery. Anthony was one of the blameless victims who was hit in a wild drive by shooting on Monday on Gill Street. He had simply loaned someone his bicycle to go to the store and was standing nearby when he was caught in the hail of gunfire. He was shot twice to the back and once to the legs. One of the shots was very close to his spine and so, he remains in critical condition and his recovery is being watched closely. Anthony, is a star bowler for Belize's national cricket team. Last year July his team - Easy Does it of Lemonal won the Harrison Parks national cricket championship against 4-times champions, Brilliant Cricket Club of Crooked Tree.
PUP Makes Moves In Griga, But Did "Maca" Step Down, OR Was He Pushed Out?
Last night we told you about the PUP’s big move – where the party’s elected Representative in Dangriga, Ivan Ramos would be stepping aside to make way for a new standard bearer in the division. That newcomer is Anthony Sabal, a career educator well respected in Dangriga. And so today, the handover at Independence Hall in Belize City should have been seamless – a feast of well wishing to give the party momentum and the benefit of a clean transition, a fresh start. Turns out, it was anything but that! Jules Vasquez was there: Jules Vasquez Reporing… The uneasy looks and stiff body language of these three – and then these two may have said it all Today’s handover of the PUP Dangriga Standard bearer seat did not go as smoothly as might have been hoped for. It started out well enough with the national campaign manager referring to the leader’s pledge of renewal:: Godfrey Smith - PUP Nat’l Campaign Manager "And so this morning's press presentation is a result of that ongoing process that the PUP is engaged in of self examination and getting itself in the fittest possible fighting form for the general elections."
Hon. Ramos Says His Personal Finances Are His Personal Problem
Today we also asked Ramos to address the touchy issue of the state of his personal finances. His difficulties are a matter of public record since his properties were published in the papers and he is a public figure. He said it is something that his opponent sin the party did try to use against him:… Jules Vasquez "We have seen in the papers couple of your properties. You're a public figure, is your personal finance issue factor at all into this decision?" Hon. Ivan Ramos - PUP Representative – Dangriga "Jules, that - and I want to be very clear about that. That's a personal business. In this party, nobody had asked me about that. I know some of them has used that as a reason to justify what ever but if I lose anything it's me, it's me." And so while Ramos leaves in a cloud of uncertainty both personally and politically, his replacement has the backing, we are told, of a man who should have no financial problems: Dr. Henry Canton – the former Director and CEO of Citrus Products of Belize Limited. Today we asked about his role in the southern manoeuvres.
Rawell Resigns, After All
Rawell Pelayo, the controversial Senior Vice President of the Football Federation of Belize, has resigned. He has accepted the FFB’s offer to make an orderly exit from the organization instead of being unceremoniously kicked out. As we told you, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking on June 30, 2014. By FFB statutes, that made him ineligible to remain as a member of the executive since his actions brought the organization into disrepute. At the last FFB general congress, his expulsion was delayed because his football peers believed that he deserved the opportunity to vacate the post in a more dignified manner. That finally came on Saturday when he tendered his letter of resignation to the General Secretary of the FFB.
Crooked Tree Station Opens, In time For Convention
This morning the Minister of National Security, and senior officers of Eastern Division joined Belize Rural North Area Representative Edmond Castro in Crooked Tree to inaugurate the new Police Station. Of course, it’s timed to give Castro a nice boost going into his divisional convention. The station has been operational since October 2013, but the ceremony was held today, weeks before the convention. Pure politics, but the speakers took it dead serious, recounting the difficulties that they faced in trying to get the station to a useable state: Hon. Edmund Castro - Area Representative, Belize Rural North "When I got elected there was a shell that was here that we called a police station which it was impossible for any policing activity to take place. That old police station shell went through 3 area representatives before me and I promised the people of Crooked Tree that we will make sure that we will try to get a better facility for them here at Crooked Tree. And we lobbied and lobbied along to the minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar and also to the prime minister and cabinet for assistance in helping the construction of the police station in Crooked Tree. Here we are today, inaugurating the police station here in Crooked Tree - which can easily facilitate 2 officers and enough space for the holding cell and office and so forth."
Petro-C In Crooked Tree
And Castro should have the wind at his back, because two weeks ago, the Prime Minister announced that Petrocaribe funded projects will be rolled out to the rural areas of the country, since most of the focus has been on the urban areas. Well, Castro told the press today that Crooked Tree is one of the first communities which is benefiting from this rural roll out. He said that the focus of the first project is the Causeway which experienced major flooding in 2013, continuing well into the first half of 2014: Hon. Edmund Castro - Area Representative, Belize Rural North "Petrocaribe money is now reaching the Belize rural north constituency and here today in Crooked Tree, we have a contractor, Julio Patt and Sons who are raising the causewayfor Crooked Tree. I chose that project simply because that's an area that gave us a lot of hard time, especially in the flood period. So, we have secured some funding for the rolling out of petrocaribe for the causeway of Crooked Tree. We'll be doing approximately half a mile which will take beyond the first and second bridge with the same level that we had. And we notice the last time the area that did not cover because we have the proper level there. So we are working on that as we speak. You will see the truck traversing material back and forth, we're using the material right from blackbound.
GIS Is Everyday Technology
Geographical Information Systems or GIS: the term may sound too high-tech, like something only computer types can use. But, really, accessing GIS is as easy as doing a Google search. Today the 5th annual GIS conference was held at the Biltmore and business managers, educators and representatives from the health sector presented on how GIS has dramatically improved their operations. Now that is on the corporate level, but how can this system improve your daily life? A representative from the Global Geo-spatial Information Management Unit at the United Nations, Cecille Bake, told us about the multifaceted benefits of this GIS in the commercial world and in your personal life. Cecille Blake - Global Geo-spatial Information Management Unit, UN "You have a map and traditionally people don't like maps. They say maps hard to read and people would only use it to go from A to B - they would be in their car and mark and say A,B,C. There's only so much information you can show on a map. What GIS does is to put that information that you have on a paper map into a digital form. So now, when it is in a digital form, you can have layers or various information - so that you see everything together on the map and you can see the relationships. GIS allows you to map information in various means; from satellites, the land surveyor, even the ordinary person with your cellphone can collect information that goes into a GIS database.
Conch Shell Cruelty?
Tonight a 35 year old fisherman and a father of 6 is detained at the Queen Street Police Station. According to the family of Jason Orozco, he is facing ammunition charges. Police conducted a search out at the Vernon Street Fish Market this morning –where 2 bullets were found in the area. Orozco was the only one taken away by police. Today we spoke with his family members who were on the scene at the time of the search who claim that nothing was found on Jason Orozco. Sister of Jason Orozco "Miss my brother come about after 7 and play a little dominoes and thing because he was waiting on the boat come in to buy fish that we usually sell. Now GSU pull up and they give him the first search and when he done get searched the first, he continue play dominoes - a next one come back again and tell him, they done searched you? So he said yes. Then after the next police tell him come make we search you again and they searched him again and they took him by a red vehicle and put him to sit down. Next minute, the next GSU come and find 2 bullet in a match box. When they find the bullet, my brother hola and tell his woman, they want to charge him for a bullet that he doesn't know about. My brother doesn't deal with gun nor he no kill nobody. We sell fish, he has his 6 pickney to deal with and his woman. Our mom died from when I was 1 month old and I have nobody by my side but my big brother. He looks after me right now. I went to station and when I went to station, I went back of the GSU office and when I went back to the GSU office, the man tell me come out because you smell like fish. Then after I told him I come check on my brother, I come check on my brother. He said that how Jason will get charged for the 2 bullet. We went back to front and when we went back to the front, one of the police say he is getting charged for 14 bullet that he doesn't know about."
Man Assaulted/Robbed Woman, Caught By Cops
21 year-old Frank Alexander Young is at the Belize Central Prison tonight, and that’s because he was accused of snatching a woman’s wallet and cellular phone. The incident happened on Monday at around 10 a.m. when Arelia Zetina was walking near the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. That’s when Young allegedly ambushed her, punched her in the face, and stole her cellular phone and her wallet, which contained a small amount of cash and her personal documents. That’s in the near vicinity of the Magistrate’s Court which is swarming with police officers from the prosecution branch, and when Zetina yelled for help, they immediately responded. They managed to detain Young and retrieve the items from him.
Tanisha Took It To The Bank, Police Say
31 year-old Tanisha Sutherland, a mother of 5, is the Belize Central Prison after she was taken to court for allegedly forging cheques and cashing them at the bank. The complainant, Saba Badi, reported to police that between October 2, 2014 and December 12, 2014, Sutherland worked for him, and it was during that time that she forged 11 of his Scotia Bank cheques in her name and cashed them. She allegedly made off with $3,589 dollars through this scheme. Police charged her with 11 counts of forgery, and 1 count of theft, and when she was arraigned before Magistrate Ladonna John, the police prosecutor objected to the court granting her bail. After consideration, Magistrate John upheld the objections and remanded Sutherland until June 24.
Justice Through Education
Justice: it’s a demand many bitter and enraged families make and often never get after their loved one is murdered. We have reported on countless murders in our newscast but only a few of those cases result in convictions. Well, a group of scenes of crime investigators hope to increase the conviction rate and deliver on that demand. Today 27 new scenes of crime investigators graduated from a Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Course and a ceremony was held to honour them at the Princess Hotel this morning. We spoke to the CEO in the Ministry of National Security and he told us how this course will enhance the standard of crime investigation in Belize. Hayden Baldwin - Contract Constructor "The graduation is the final after a 10 month training period. So they've been through training in all aspects of crime scene processing. The group has been upgraded to international standards. So now they are experts in their fields and that includes the photography, latent prints, impression evidence, biological and trace evidence, report writing, sketching, interpreting the crime scene. The equipment you see behind me is all been supplied by the US embassy right now. With that equipment now, they're capable of taking photographs and processing the scene correctly. There's lot of equipment here, so there training has been very extensive to go through all of that. So now they will have the full capability of processing crime scenes."
Hon. Castro Says Challenger Dwight Ain't Got A Chance
Earlier we showed you the public works that are presently underway in Crooked Tree to raise the causeway. Those works – and others slated for the division will happen in Belize Rural North whether or not area representative Edmond Castro wins his convention in two weeks. He’s going up against Dwight Tillett, a former campaign manager of his and a former CEO in his Ministry. Tillett is confident that because of his personal history and track record in the division, he can beat Castro who has faced off multiple challengers over the years. Castro told us he couldn’t be bothered: Hon. Edmund Castro - Area Representative, Belize Rural North "The prime minister is supporting me, the entire cabinet is supporting me. This is not like - I remembered in the past 2 conventions where the cabinet was split and some of my colleagues were going up against me. The prime minister assures me that he is with me and the entire cabinet are with me. If you notice my cabinet colleague Hon. John Saldivar is here and I think last week or two Mr. Faber was at a function I had. And in the past minister Faber and I found ourselves on different sides of the fight in conventions but no longer minister Faber is against me. None of my colleagues are against me on this fight. So I think who ever wants to fool themselves and show their hat in the race."
Castro Calls PUP Opponent Friend and Future Loser
So, what about Castro’s other political opponent, Retired Major Lloyd Jones? Jones recently announced his candidacy for the PUP in Belize Rural North. Well, Castro had kinder words for Jones saying that he considers him a friend, who will remain that way even after he defeats him at the polls when the next General Elections take place: Hon. Edmund Castro - Area Representative, Belize Rural North "He's my friend. I would personally like to see him come and test the waters. I can hug him up and beat him in the next general election. I don't have any problem with that. I will still say that he is my friend. He could say what he want to say, slander me, I have no slandering to slander him - but I will beat him. And if they throw in back Arthur, I will beat him too." Daniel Ortiz "Aren't you afraid you are being over confident?” Hon. Edmund Castro "My friend, when my party was against me, leading up the 2008 election - I defeated my opponent in the convention handsomely. Won the election, all sort of things they jam the rastaman with. He will the election, comfortable, increasing the margin and now, what you think? I am getting the support from the prime minister, from all my cabinet colleague. Man, who so fool to want come test?”
Ivan Ramos Steps Aside, New P.U.P. Dangriga Standard Bearer Named
The People’s United Party held a press conference at Independence Hall in Belize City to announce the first in what the party says will be a number of changes to [...]
Party Leader Introduces Anthony Sabal as Ramos’ Successor
Taking up the mantle from Ivan Ramos is former career educator and historian, Anthony Sabal. Sabal spoke in English, Spanish after he was glowingly introduced by the party Leader, Francis [...]
Did Ramos Step Down on His Own or Was He Pushed Out?
Now the P.U.P. controls all the seats in the south, but the results of an audit show that all is not well so changes are anticipated elsewhere in the south [...]
P.U.P. Engages In Back and Forth with Media
But was the elected area rep pushed out? That question was answered in a back and forth with the media even as the campaign manager acknowledged that it was a [...]
Rawell Pelayo Steps Down As F.F.B. Vice President
Embattled Second Vice President Rawell Pelayo has formally tendered his resignation to the executive of the Football Federation of Belize. His official withdrawal comes one month after F.F.B. President Ruperto [...]
Social Media Reporters Misinterpret News Five’s Story
On Tuesday, News Five aired an exclusive interview with Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington during which he commented on an attempt by Guatemalan law enforcement to search the residence of [...]
What is GIS and How Does It Impact the Business Environment?
What do you know about Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? It sounds very technical and above our heads. But what GIS does is that it gathers information from data that is [...]
John Saldivar Endorses Clear the Land in Rural North
In more political news…Belize Rural North Area Representative Edmond Castro will face a challenge from Dwight Tillett at a U.D.P. convention scheduled for May thirty-first. Tillett has previously acted as [...]
Castro Confident That He Can Beat Lloyd Jones in Rural North
If Castro defeats Tillett at convention, as he says he surely will, his next challenge will come from the P.U.P.’s Lloyd Jones, who recently declared his candidacy in that area. [...]
Minister of National Security Criticizes Media for Crime Coverage
According to our records, to date, there have been forty-nine murders in 2015, compared to thirty-four during the same period in 2014. In April 2014, there were ten murders. In [...]
C.E.O. George Lovell Addresses Police Plan of Action for Eastern Division
While the Minister of National Security roundly criticized the media for purportedly exaggerating murder statistics for 2015, C.E.O. George Lovell told News Five that Eastern Division of the Police Department [...]
…Says Boots on the Ground Will Also Be Supervised
There are countless and persistent complaints of police brutality on civilians. Lovell says that supervision of police officers is a priority for the force so that standards in policing are [...]
New Police Station Inaugurated in Crooked Tree
There is a brand new Police Station in Crooked Tree. Actually it’s been in use since it was completed in October 2013, but today it was officially inaugurated with much [...]
Maskall Police Station Finally Renovated
For many months there have been complaints about the dilapidated, abandoned and empty Police Station in Maskall. There hasn’t been an officer stationed there because it is only fit for [...]
Petrocaribe Rolled Out on Crooked Tree Causeway
We’ve noticed that whenever there is a government or U.D.P. political event in the past six months, it’s just not complete until Petrocaribe has been mentioned at least once. And [...]
Scenes of Crime Technicians Graduate Forensic Program
Training concluded today for a group of technical personnel from the Police Department, who will hopefully hone their skills in investigative work and in the prosecution of cases where the [...]
Tanisha Sutherland Remanded for Forgery
A Belize City woman who was employed as a loan processor for a Canadian businessman who owns Global Communications Limited is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison. She [...]
OCEANA Organizes Hands Across the Sand
Offshore oil drilling – it is the one issue that just won’t go away and OCEANA Belize takes every opportunity to raise awareness on this national issue. So, on Saturday [...]