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Intelco?s bankers foreclose – Cedric receiver!

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.

Police on wild goose chase at Brodies ? plainclothes officers mistaken for robbers!

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.

Elston Wade kicked out from Post Office ? political victimization?

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.

Fire on the waterfront!

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.

Novelo brothers to buy back piece of Novelo?s?

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.

No bail for naked man, accused of trying to rape woman, 19

Alleged attempted rapist, Steven Castillo, 24, was denied bail when he appeared in the #1 Magistrate?s Court on Tuesday, October 26. He was remanded into custody until Thursday, November 18.

Castillo was charged with attempted rape, aggravated burglary and harm. Police charged him after they caught him butt-naked hiding in a yard on Central American Boulevard on Sunday morning, October 24.

Did man, accused of attempted arson, seek revenge?

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.

Prosecution in Darnell McDonald?s murder to close case tomorrow

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.

No resolve on Carnival contract, but Tourism Minister ?hopeful?

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.

Gunfire in schoolyard during break!

Confusion and fear reigned for hundreds of primary school students of Queen?s Square Anglican School. It was a most terrifying school day this morning, Thursday. A man, allegedly armed, jumped the school?s fence during their break time, around 10:30 in the morning. Behind him followed three policemen, armed with guns.

The children were only about 5 minutes into their morning break when a vice principal rang the bell, signaling that the children should return to their classes. As the children made their way back to their classrooms, they and students from another school just across the street, Wesley Upper School, heard several shots being fired. The experience has left the children traumatized, a school official said.

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