After a formal vote to reject the Sunshine proposal tonight, the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) is calling on all workers of the Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) to join the protest of the Association of Concerned Belizeans this Saturday morning, September 24, to voice their displeasure with the deal.
BCWU president, Paul Perriott, told Amandala tonight that participating in Saturday?s demonstration would be the beginning of their actions to protest what they call ?a slap in the face? from the Government of Belize.
The acquisition price of the most recent shipment of fuel shows increases per US gallon of $0.77 for premium gasoline, $0.73 for regular gasoline, $0.22 for kerosene and $0.12 for diesel.
To mitigate the increase in acquisition costs, the Government of Belize will absorb half of the increase for all four fuel products.
There were outbursts of hugs and joy this afternoon when Andrew ?Pawpa? Brown and his older brother Floyd Brown were declared free men ? in time for the Independence Day celebrations and after 65 days in the Hattieville Prison.
The brothers were freed after Solicitor General Elson Kaseke told the court that he was resting his case against Pawpa Brown since the tape recordings, his key piece of evidence against Pawpa, was ruled inadmissible by the Chief Magistrate. The brothers? lead attorney, senior counsel Dean Barrow, then made a no case submission.
It is a twisted story of ?she say, he say?, but it involves an allegation of molestation, so here it goes:
A mother of eight, a resident of Hattieville, on Thursday last told the newspaper that on Wednesday, September 14, she was beaten by four relatives ? three brothers and a cousin ? after they had an argument. Dorita Gillett, a housewife, told us that she was kicked in the stomach and stamped all over the body by her relatives. She said that the cousin had lashed her with a machete several times over the body.
On Tuesday, September 13, three suspects - Randy Petillo, 29, a laborer of #54 Pen Road, Dangriga Town; Errol Ferguson, 27, a laborer of #8416 Electric Avenue, Belize City; and Orin Saragosa, 23, a laborer of #8425 Electric Avenue - appeared in the Dangriga Magistrate?s Court, where they were jointly charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl.
Police continue to investigate Belize?s biggest cocaine bust ever, which occurred around midday on Monday, September 12, near the Tobacco Caye Range area south of Dangriga Town.
Around 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Dangriga police received reliable information and communicated with the police department in Belize City. A joint operation was conducted by members of the (United States) Drug Enforcement Agency, Belize Defence Force, the Anti-Drug Unit (ADU) and the police, who were dispatched in boats to the area.
The Belize Ex-Services League (BEL), an organization founded to take care of the needs of World War I and World War II veterans, is embroiled in a drawn-out, bitter war between its Executive Council and the Belize City branch, the only branch that has been actively generating revenue.
The General Council of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) yesterday evening removed its own president, Horris Patten, from the board of directors of the Belize Social Security Board, because of Patten?s having voted for a motion for the SSB to give an unsecured, concessionary loan of $10 million to Sunshine Holdings Trust, a Michael Ashcroft affiliate.
Amandala has learned that prior to Patten?s removal, the NTUCB?s other representative on the board, Antonio Gonzalez, said that he would voluntarily resign.
Senseless, violent crime which strikes with worrisome frequency these days, today struck a humble meat pie vendor.
Olive?s Kitchen at the corner of Bocotora and Iguana Streets is today closed during their normal business hours after a wounded, bleeding Honduran, Efrain Erazo, 52, sought refuge inside the shop to save his life after he was shot in the right side of his jaw. The bullet exited the other side of his face. Erazo was shot on the opposite side of the street from Olive?s kitchen, near Ombudsman Paul Rodriguez?s home, which, incidentally, is just around the block from the Racoon Street Police Station.
Belize and Guatemala have signed an agreement on Framework of Negotiations and Confidence Building Measures, according to Chief Negotiator for Belize, HE Assad Shoman, and representative of the United Democratic Party, Diane Haylock, in a press briefing held today.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the agreement was signed by Shoman and HE Jorge Briz Abularach, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, and Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, during a ceremony that was held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.