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My Most Grievous Fault: Meighan Says Sorry for Immigration Fumbles

On Wednesday, we showed you how ex-Immigration Director Ruth Meighan took responsibility as senior officer for not taking advantage of the resources available to her to properly vet documents. But [...]

No Record of Ministers’ Many Recommendations, At Least Not Officially

Wednesday’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration touched many issues and provided many revelations. One is the extensive back and forth with regard to the issue [...]

Ministers Made Many Visits to Immigration – But What Were They Doing There?

The Senate inquiry has revealed that Ministers wielded outsize power as it related to the workings of the Immigration Department. While Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse has contended that none [...]

Aldo Salazar Indicts Officers for Failing to Collaborate on Applications

Jin Chen An. He or she, depending on who you ask, was a Chinese investor consultant working with one Roger Tien, seeking a visa to come to Belize. He was [...]

3 Years in Jail after G.S.U. Sweep Nets 13 Pounds of Weed for Elsworth Morter

Thirty-nine-year-old Elsworth Morter is spending a second night at the Belize Central Prison after being sentenced to three years for drug trafficking.  A GSU raid on his Oleander Street residence [...]

Northern Fishermen 6 Charged Over Stolen Gun

A gang of six would-be thieves, busted during a foiled robbery attempt at the Northern Fishermen’s Cooperatives on January tenth, appeared before the lower court on Wednesday.  Taxi driver Gilroy [...]

2016 Concludes with Higher Prices, Lower Trade

The Statistical Institute of Belize has released figures for December 2016.  From that information, it comes as no surprise that consumer prices were up by one point one percent.  That [...]

Contrabandistas Get Rowdy at Northern Border; Mexico Beefs Up Security

There was an encounter earlier today resulting in a heated exchange between local customs officials and Mexican contrabandists at the northern border in Corozal.  Amateur footage of the incident was [...]

G.S.U. Can’t Prove Patrick Menzies Knocked Down Officers in 2011

It made the news back in June 2011 when businessman Patrick Menzies was charged with the attempted murder of a GSU officer and a woman who were socializing at a [...]

Rebecca Rath is a Stunner in Miss Universe Preliminaries

This morning, more than eleven million viewers watched the live streaming of the preliminary events of Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, Philippines. The top ladies from the swimsuit and [...]

Customs and Excise Host Annual Celebration

The twenty-sixth of January is celebrated annually as World Customs Day and today the local Customs and Excise Department commemorated the day by setting up information booths inside the Battlefield [...]

Customs Revamps Enforcement at Borders

Many are of the opinion that the role of the department is really to have customs officers stationed at border/entry points searching your luggage and groceries and fining you. But [...]

Remembering Legendary Musical Ambassador, Paul Nabor

It’s been just over two years since Belize and the world lost musical legend Paul Nabor. Nabi, as he was affectionately known, was a humble Garifuna fisherman, farmer, and musician, [...]

Eamon Courtenay Turns Up the Heat on Ruth Meighan at Senate Inquiry

Former Director of Immigration and Nationality Ruth Meighan returned to an already hot seat at the National Assembly as the latest to testify in the Senate Special Select Committee’s hearings [...]

Did Ministers’ Recommendations Sway Immigration Officers?

Ministers of the Government of Belize tend to enjoy their power, especially when it comes to influencing their constituents. Of course, constituents tend to take advantage of that power and [...]

Ex-Immigration Director Admits She Would Have Done Things Differently

So, is there anything Director Meighan would have done differently? She acknowledged the changes made to the Department’s system since her time there and said that in hindsight, she might [...]

G.O.B.: Yes to Cutting Expenses; No to Higher Taxes and Retrenchment

You can say it’s common knowledge that the bondholders of Belize’s international debt, known as Superbond 3.0, rejected a third restructuring proposed by the Government of Belize. G.O.B. is now [...]

Belize Should Be Safe from Puerto Azul Fallout, Trade Minister Believes

Last week, we reported on the arrest of the principals of the proposed multimillion dollar Puerto Azul tourism project on the islands of Sand Bore and Northern Two Cayes in [...]

Enfield Fitzgibbon in Court for Attempted Murder in Conch Shell Bay

There was a community outreach earlier today in the Conch Shell Bay neighborhood, led by the Belize Police Department and Albert Area Representative Tracy Panton.  The initiative followed the arraignment [...]

Police Meet and Greet Conch Shell Bay with Area Rep Tracy Panton

Today, the Eastern Division of the Police Department held its first meet and greet session on south side Belize City after a new media policy was introduced. The community policing [...]

Drugs and Turf Wars to Blame for Crime Spike?

Conchshell Bay is a fairly small area within the Alberts, divided by the canal at the Fish Market. Since the beginning of the year, there have been repeated acts of [...]

Area Rep for Albert Joins Fight Against Crime

But drug war aside, there are several factors that must also be taken into consideration, including the lack of employment opportunities in the area. Panton says that the police, as [...]

Ahmadiyya Muslims: Abu Naila Was Not One of Us

Was slain religious extremist Abu Naila, believed to be Belizean born Nadir Ali Ahmad, associated with the local chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community?  It’s a question that was put [...]

Canadian Muslim Leader Disowns Islamic “Terrorists”

According to Lal Khan Malik, who is visiting from Canada, the teachings of the Holy Book of Islam, speaks to the idea of peace and harmony.  Any radical departure from [...]

Miss Belize Universe, Rebecca Rath, Flies the Flag in Philippines

On Thursday morning, our Miss Belize Universe will be taking part in the preliminary events of the sixty-fifth Miss Universe pageant. In the prelims, Rebecca Rathand the other contestants will [...]