The board of trustees of the University of Belize, in its first meeting for the 2004-2005 Academic Year held at the Conference Room of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences on Tuesday, November 9, approved the payment to the faculty and staff of the University, of 50% of the 5% and 8% salary increases promised by GOB to the faculty and staff for the 2004-2005 academic year, and for which the board had agreed to seek funding.
A prank and a mistake had police busy this afternoon hunting for robbers that did not exist.
Sometime around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, the Queen Street Police Station received a call stating that there was a robbery in progress at Brodies Supermarket near Mile 3 on the Northern Highway.
Amandala received a report today that Acting Postmaster General, Elston Wade, Jr., will not be promoted to the post despite having acted in the position for over a year, contrary to public service regulations.
A reliable source told the newspaper that the man tapped for the position is Everard Lopez, Comptroller of Customs, who is not at the helm of the Customs Department, but is ?holding a desk in the Sales Tax Department? of Finance.
PBL will not give another extension ? application
deadline is still Nov. 5
In recent weeks, there has been an undeniable air of tension surrounding the unresolved dispute between the stevedores, represented by the Christian Workers Union (CWU), and the company that controls the port ? Port of Belize Limited (PBL) controlled by businessman Luke Espat.
The tension came about when PBL announced that it would exercise its right to control the stevedoring at the port, essentially eliminating the need for the Belize Waterfront Employers? Association (BWEA) to continue employing the stevedores.
Intelco?s banker, the RBTT Merchant Bank Limited of Trinidad and Tobago, has appointed a Belizean receiver to seize the company?s assets, foreclosing on the company?s US$25 million debt to the bank. Amandala has confirmed that RBTT has appointed Cedric Flowers, CPA, ?to enter and take possession and control of the charged assets.? The appointment was made on Monday, November 1, 2004, and we understand that Intelco was informed of the decision the day after.
Our sources say that Glenn D. Godfrey, the company?s chairman, is distressed over the latest development with Intelco. Intelco was licensed in 2002 to compete against the Belize Telecommunications Limited, but has failed at the task. Its attrition came shortly after its birth and has spanned a period of months, most recently leading to a wave of terminations and an agreement with BTL, the dominant provider, to run its business until December 31.
Vicente Reina, 19, a fisherman of #8713 Karl Thompson Street, was remanded to prison today after he was accused of trying to burn down a mechanic?s home on Jane Usher Boulevard.
Reina was formally charged with attempted arson when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate?s Court #2 before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers, and was offered bail of $2,000. He was unable to meet bail and was remanded to the Hattieville Prison until December 14, 2004.
After a locus en quo tomorrow (a visit to the scene of the crime), the prosecution, represented by Crown Counsel Marjorie Moyston, will close its case in the trial of police constable Sherwood Wade, 32, charged with the murder of Darnell McDonald, Sr., 28.
McDonald, a resident of Belize City, was shot and killed by a single bullet at about 3:00 a.m. on June 14, 2003. The incident occurred in Ladyville, at Mile 10 on the Northern Highway. McDonald, who was driving a white mini van taxi, had just left Celina?s Restaurant and Bar. The prosecution called 12 witnesses. Among them were 4 eyewitnesses. The eyewitnesses included Clive Jones; Patrick Palma; KREM Assistant News Editor and broadcaster, Orson Pickart; and Selwyn McDonald, the deceased?s brother.
Carnival Corporation officials met with Government officials this week to discuss concerns recently aired regarding the contract for the cruise line?s port in Belize City.
Tourism Minister, Hon. Mark Espat, is leading discussions with Carnival on Cabinet?s behalf.
Espat told Amandala that the specific points raised during the meeting with Carnival on Monday were the enforceability of the cruise ship policy, the licensing process, the issue of employment for Belizeans, and the minimum number of passengers that they (Carnival) would commit to bring into Belize.
Amandala has been reliably informed that stevedores who feel that their jobs are threatened by business magnate/PUP insider, Luke Espat, held an impromptu meeting this evening by the Port compound (in Port Loyola), where Antonio ?Toncho? Gonzalez, president of the Belize Christian Workers Union (BCWU), announced that the union has changed its legal representative from Wilfred ?Sedi? Elrington to the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dean O. Barrow.
The stevedores are enraged because of the Port of Belize Limited?s decision to assume direct responsibility for the loading and off loading of vessels that use the port. During the meeting of Belize City stevedores this evening, it was also announced that the other branch of stevedores, from the South, would travel to Belmopan on Monday, November 1, where they would assist in picketing the offices of the Minister of Labor, Hon. Jose Coye.
In a Cabinet briefing of Tuesday, October 26, Cabinet decided that the transportation-related assets of the bus monopoly, the Novelo?s Bus Line Limited (NBLL), owned by David and Antonio Novelo, would be sold.
The briefing said that the decision comes after the National Bus Company, owned by Eugene Zabaneh, submitted what now seems to be a half-hearted proposal to assume the NBLL ?headache,? thus prompting Cabinet members to agree to the Ministerial Committee on Transport?s proposal.