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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Guats bex after submission of Honduras’ claim to the ICJ

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$5 minimum wage by New Year 

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Belize City Council Receives Half Million Grant from Japan

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Marco Lopez

Gang violence escalates

On Friday night the Maximum Leader of the George Street gang was ambushed and killed at a Northside Belize City gas station. As the news spread late Friday night and early Saturday morning, a hush fell over the old capital, because most adults residents believed that this sensational murder marked the end of the gang truce, of sorts, which had been in place in Belize City since September last year.

Peter Flowers, 26, executed at corner of Caesar Ridge Road and Gill Street

He was shot as many as 21 times... Peter Flowers, 26, a resident of Caesar Ridge Road, was shot and killed at the corner of Caesar Ridge Road and Gill Street.

Kolbe’s prison contract up for review – 2011 audit ongoing

Prisoners at Kolbe cost taxpayers $13.50 per head... CEO says prison population now 1,292; 150 remanded on murder charges... The Kolbe Foundation, an organization founded by Rotarians in Belize, has been managing the Belize Central Prison since 2002. Minister of National Security John Saldivar told Amandala on Thursday that the Kolbe contract with the Government of Belize is up for review and they will soon be undertaking a comprehensive exercise, to review both the terms and conditions of the contract, and the prison regulations.

Orlando “Bam” Reyes, 19, murdered on Orange Street

The mother of yet another Belize City youth is mourning the death of her only son and making arrangements to bury him. Orlando “Bam” Reyes, 19, of Tigris Street, was shot and killed on Friday April 20. He is now in the Karl Heusner Morgue awaiting an autopsy. He was killed around 3:00 p.m. — shot in his chest, abdomen and hand.

Jury acquits Denvoy Domingo of Jermaine Smart’s murder

3 witnesses could not provide enough evidence to convict Domingo... Denvoy Domingo, 28, a resident of Mayflower Street charged with the murder of Jermaine Smart, 27, A.K.A. “Jerry,” was acquitted of the charge today in the court of Justice Herbert Lord.

More police for Old Capital in crime “crisis”

“80 more police” to patrol murder-ridden Belize City; Minister of National Security says truce will continue... The Old Capital remained on edge this past weekend, as an already tense atmosphere became more so following five reported deaths beginning on Friday, part of a greater epidemic of seventeen murders reported since the start of this month.

Housing the homeless at Kolbe: can it work?

Last week Belize City mayor Darrell Bradley, during the announcement of the Belize City Council’s “100-day plan”, discussed point 82 of the plan under “quality of life crimes”, which aims to “work with the Kolbe Foundation, [Department of] Human Services and the police to deal with vagrants.”

Man pleads guilty to weed for “weed fudge”

“Just wet weed, lone dust fi mek fudge wit”... Robert Pietio, a resident of #90 Jane Usher Boulevard, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart.

Councilors, you were elected to serve all the people, not a constituency!

I was quite interested listening to the WUB on Wednesday morning when the Mayor and the Councilors were on the show. When the host, Mose Hyde, was asking them about their salaries, which they refer to as stipends, Mose kept asking them, do they really need that job if they have another, because they cannot serve two masters.

Gunmen “riddle” family house

A two-flat concrete house on Albert Hoy Street in the Belama 3 Area has been damaged by gunshots. At least 12 shots were fired; 11 of the shots went through the walls and windows of the house, but no one who was inside, miraculously, was hit or injured.

CCJ judges probe Belize attorneys in Maya King appeal

On union busting claim, Supreme Court had awarded 6 dismissed banana workers $420,000; Court of Appeal reduced it to $218,856. What will the CCJ do? A 5-judge panel of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), sitting for the first time in the Caribbean jurisdiction of Barbados, heard the civil appeal of Maya King, a Belizean banana farm owned by John Zabaneh of Stann Creek, challenging decisions in the lower courts of Belize in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages were awarded to six former banana workers, who had allegedly been dismissed way back in 2001 in what the Supreme Court had declared was “undoubtedly union busting.”

Unknown, decaying corpse laid to rest where it was found

The decomposed corpse of a male person was buried in the Hattieville-Boom Road area, after an autopsy was carried out to determine the cause of death. He was found around three yards from the Belize Central Prison towards Burrell Boom Village, around 11:00 a.m. today, Thursday.

Crazy gun possession law!

7 charged with firearm offenses; 19-year-old pleads guilty to all charges and sentenced to 13 ½ years in jail, but 6 others, including a 52-year-old female schoolteacher, still in uniform, remanded to prison! At about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, Armead Logan Thurton, a resident of Baker’s Ranch, discovered that his trailer, which is used as a warehouse, was burglarized.

National Junior Basketball Head Coach and President of the BBF meet Minister of Education, Sports & Youth

In 2011, National Junior Basketball Team Head Coach Matthew Smiling received a coaching scholarship to attend the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) conducted by the US Olympic Committee in the United States. A major component of this program is for Coach Smiling to develop a project that will benefit basketball in Belize. Coach Smiling’s project is the development of a Coaching Education Program for Elementary, High School and Grassroots Basketball in Belize.

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