Coming off a three-month suspension of public hearings, the DFC Commission of Inquiry today called three people to provide public testimony as they continue to probe into the finances of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), particularly to unravel the complexities of a questionable $50 million loan the DFC got from the Belize Bank, and two cheques valued together at $28 million for a loan DFC made to the Novelo family to buy out other major transportation providers.
At press time this evening there was still an impasse between the PUP Government of Belize and the UDP Opposition-controlled Belize City Council over the payment of over $300,000 from the cruise tourist head tax to the Belize City Council, and all indications are that the Council and the Opposition are mustering national support to pressure Government into paying the Council what it had promised.
It is rare for young people who have been abused within the school system by teachers or administrators—forcing them to give sexual favors to get good grades or access to tests and answers—to come forward and tell their story. It is also rare for other co-workers who know of this type of injustice to step up and expose it. This is an extremely sensitive matter, and a matter that some refuse to address publicly because they fear losing their jobs and, in the most extreme cases, their lives.
The battle lines were already drawn across the pothole-stricken streets of Belize City and the forces positioned to war for a US$1 cut of the cruise tourist head tax for the City—money that the Belize City Council argues is needed to finance important City operations, the most prominent being the repair of the old capital’s horribly degraded streets.
Belize Ports Limited (BPL) chief executive Luke Espat gave interviews to both Channel 5’s Stewart Krohn and Channel 7’s Jules Vasquez this evening. Lucas was responding to a Godfrey Smith column in the issue of THE BELIZE TIMES published earlier today, a column which blew the whistle on a problem between BPL and the cruise shipping giant, Carnival, a problem which the Hon. Minister of Tourism (the said Smith) described as a “schism” which “appears to be irreconcilable.”
The last screams of Keisha Sutherland, 28, a badly abused woman, rang out from her home on Wednesday morning at the corner of Bocotora and Racoon Streets. She lay in a pool of her blood, fatally wounded after having been maniacally stabbed 20 times by the father of two of her four children - one two years old and the other just eleven months old.
Businessman Arun Hotchandani this morning moved to evict the Belize City Council from its Pound Yard location. Reports to Amandala are that at about 10:00 this morning four of Hotchandani’s workmen began dismantling a wooden shack that was being used as the carpentry shed. The Council knew that they were coming, and the materials from the shed were removed yesterday
William “Cat” Usher, 30, a resident of Wagner’s Lane, around 9:00 p.m. last night was ambushed and gunned down in front of his common-law wife, 23-year-old Audra Andrews, who is presently five months pregnant with his second child. Usher was shot 19 times. Relatives we spoke with tonight said he was shot in the face and upper body area.