Tanya Pitts, 35, a housewife and mother of two daughters, had a frightening experience about 2:30 this morning when she was attacked and beaten by a man attempting to rape her.
She told Amandala that she was walking on Cemetery Road coming from off Partridge Street and was near the Plum Tree Taxi Stand, located behind Gwen Lizarraga High School, when her assailant emerged from out of the restroom of the deserted taxi stand, she said.
At approximately 7:50 tonight, Thursday, a young man was reportedly shot whilst standing in front of a Chinese shop, located on Neal Pen Road.
The victim, Andrew Gilharry, 21, a resident of a Norris Brooks Street in Belize City, told Amandala after the incident that he was standing in front of the Chinese shop when two young men on bicycles pulled up, and one of them fired a shot at him.
The nation?s premier workers? and business sector organizations have all come out strongly against the threat of imminent tax increases.
Reacting to the talk of another wave of tax increases, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB)?the umbrella organization of the trade unions in Belize; the Belize Business Bureau (BBB); and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) say that Government has ?grossly mismanaged public sector finances,? and must first clean house before it attempts to tax the Belizean people any more.
Despite several attempts to speak with him today, we were told that the Governor of the Central Bank, Sydney Campbell, was unavailable to take our phone calls regarding allegations being made by the current management of the Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) that former executives of the company, under Carlisle Holdings Ltd., had undertaken an illegal transaction when they approved a $30 million ?loan? from BTL to the Belize Bank Limited (BBL).
The bottom line appears to be that BTL, now under the control of a financially challenged company, wants its money back from the bank. Under the terms of the loan, the earliest time BTL would be able to get back its money form BBL is late 2006; however, BTL has written to the Central Bank, asking the authorities to prod the bank to release the cash.
Child molester Jason ?Blackout? Flores, 30, was sentenced to a total of 30 years by Justice Simeon Sampson in Dangriga Supreme Court on Thursday, November 18, after a jury of 9 convicted him of carnal knowledge of a child 10 years old, use of deadly means of harm and grievous harm.
Flores, who had fled the country while on remand, was sentenced to 15 years for carnal knowledge, 10 years for use of deadly means of harm and 5 years for grievous harm. Justice Sampson stipulated that the sentences should run concurrently, so Flores will only serve 15 years.
According to information received yesterday, Tuesday, employees at the Belize Port Authority (BPA) are not satisfied with the way they are being treated, a situation that began in February of this year.
?We are being taken advantage of. We are not happy with the long working hours,? said an employee to Amandala.
If our sources are correct, Belize has just about become the British peer Lord Michael Ashcroft?s personal fiefdom. We are told that with the American boss of Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL), Jeffrey Prosser, having recently lost a US$100 million lawsuit in Delaware and being sued for another US$530 million, and reportedly having major problems in meeting the US$57 million (GUARDIAN figures ? Bill Lindo claimed last night on the Kremandala Show that it is only US$52 million) loan payment to the International Bank of Miami due on Monday, November 22, the cash strapped Government of Belize, which is holding the bag as the guarantor of the IBM loan which Prosser assumed on taking possession of BTL earlier this year, has gone cap in hand to the Lord. The deal is that the Lord, who owns the largest bank in Belize ? Belize Bank, will pay IBM for the same, aforementioned loan which GOB borrowed to buy out Ashcroft early in 2004 and which Prosser assumed. In return, Lord Ashcroft resumes ownership/control of BTL with a projected carte blanche to do whatever he would. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
On Sunday, November 14, police were informed that there were shots being fired on Orange Street, Santa Elena, Cayo District, sometime around 2:00 p.m. Police said that initial investigations revealed that Victor Olivera, 24, and Kevin Diaz, 19, were walking along Orange Street when a male person they know approached them and pulled out a handgun.
The Prime Minister and members of Cabinet?s Public Finance Committee met with representatives of the Christian Workers Union?s (CWU) Development Finance Corporation (DFC) branch, and DFC management on Monday evening, November 15, to discuss the objection of DFC workers to Government?s planned liquidation of the corporation.
Currently, the DFC employs 110 people, including management, and, we are told, 73 of them, all non-management employees, are members of the CWU.
On Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., a group of demonstrators, lead by Brother Asher (he told the newspaper that he only wants to be known as ?Brother Asher?), marched through the principal streets of Belize from in front of St. John?s Cathedral on Albert street, and back to St. John?s Cathedral.
Brother Asher visited Channel 7?s News on Friday, November 12, to announce the demonstration and to invite Belizeans to join him in a march for a better Belize. Asher says that we, as a people, need to let the government and people in control know how serious we are about making a change within the country of Belize. He added to this by saying that the only way that the country can achieve any betterment is by us taking a stand.