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Why the ‘Picture of a Picture’ Was Necessary in Special Cases

As we reported on Wednesday, retired Immigration Officer Therese Chavarria confirmed that in at least two or three cases, with permission from senior officials, she was able to fool the [...]

More Training & Monitoring Needed at Immigration Department

The Senate Special Select Committee has been soliciting most attendees of the public hearings for their ideas on how the Immigration Department can be improved. While it has become clear [...]

American Couple Missing in North

A Canadian woman and her boyfriend are reported missing in the north. On Wednesday midday American national Joseph Milholen reported that earlier that day he went to pick up his [...]

Man Convicted of Dangriga Rape

There is a rape conviction to report tonight. In January 2015, a Dangriga man met a woman walking on the road side heading into the town to pick up a [...]

Belize and El Salvador Officers Conclude GREAT Training

Police officers from El Salvador were in Belize to take part in the GREAT program. They joined up with local police officers for a two-week training program that concluded today [...]

Rural Eastern Division Works on Office Upgrades

Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department is making changes to their headquarters in Ladyville, Belize District to allow for greater space for officers to do their work. Both Government [...]

Gangs Getting Along on Jane Usher

On Wednesday, you heard South Side Commander ACP Chester Williams talk about the progress community policing has made on the south side. Last weekend his division held a family day [...]

Home Affairs C.E.O. Gets ‘Antsy’ on Chester’s Record

Earlier this week, we asked C.E.O. George Lovell of the Ministry of Home Affairs about the transfers of some of top cops in Belize District. One in particular is the [...]

Youth to RISE in Dangriga

Government has secured financing from the Caribbean Development Bank to expand the Youth and Community Transformation Project to at risk communities in Dangriga, San Ignacio and Santa Elena. These communities [...]

Mexicans Trade Mission in Belize

Today, the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican trade and investment agency, ProMexico, organized a Commercial Mission to Belize where seven companies from Cancun and Merida brought products and services [...]

Murals – Communities Brought Together Through Art

Art is being used as a means to bring communities together. In the south side of Belize City, the Department of Youth Services has turned bare walls into colorful pieces [...]

Healthy Living and Child Care Development

For the first few years of a child’s life they are totally dependent on their parents and caretakers for all their basic needs. There have been successful strategies implemented in [...]

Barton Middleton Invokes Constitution as Senators Scorn Him

The Senate Special Select Committee resumed hearings in public today into the Auditor General’s report, calling three witnesses. One of the witnesses called today was Barton Middleton, the elusive Orange [...]

2 Years Before Kim, Immigration Allowed ‘Double Photos’ for Passports

Retired Immigration Officer Therese Chavarria has seen it all in thirty years at the Department, dating back to 1986. She took her leave last year after being transferred to Punta [...]

Would-be Belizean Passport Holder Flunked Test But Got Passport Anyway

Chavarria spoke to the issue of shortcuts in the Department to benefit a chosen few, accomplished through bribery. In one instance, a prospective applicant for a passport, accompanied by a [...]

Why You Cannot Bribe an Honest Immigration Officer

As to how the passport was caused to be printed despite Chavarria’s investigations, it turns out that former Cabinet Minister Carlos Perdomo was the one pushing for it. He apparently [...]

Gas Prices Take Another Hike; Taxi Drivers Worried

At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, fuel prices at the pump went up for a second time in less than a month. As the fiscal year kicked in, on [...]

The New Immigration Building in Belmopan Will Not Be Chon Saan Palace

The prospect of government purchasing the Chon Saan Building in Belmopan is officially off the table, and Cabinet has given the green light to the Immigration Department to scout around [...]

New Citizens Take Oath in Belmopan

As the Immigration hearings continued into the afternoon, simultaneously in Belmopan, a swearing-in ceremony took place, across the plaza, at the civic center. More than a hundred individuals became citizens [...]

Omar Phillips Tells How He Met ‘Kim’ and Penner for Passport Application

Back to the senate inquiry…the final witness called was officer Omar Phillips, who worked the front desk and received the Won Hong Kim application for a passport in 2013.  Phillips [...]

Senate Committee Chair Says Hearings Are Serious, Not ‘Soap Opera’

Chairman of the Committee, Aldo Salazar, addressed reporters after the hearing concluded this afternoon.  He pointed out that other aspects of Barton Middleton’s situation – the brain tumour surgery; the [...]

29 Immigration Officers Get Promoted; Minister Promises No Issues Despite Rumblings

Since the beginning of the week, there has been disquiet among members of staff at the Immigration and Nationality Department over the promotion of employees whom they consider to be [...]

How Promotions Are Being Handled by Department

According to Williams, the selection of officers for promotion is vetted by the Public Service Commission and that positions within the Immigration Department aren’t arbitrarily created to promote employees.   [...]

Rape Victim Bows Out of Court Hearing

A woman alleged that she was held hostage, beaten up badly then raped by an attacker who left her locked up in a house.  She resorted to a machete, but [...]

The Push to Promote Climate Change

A climate change awareness campaign was launched today following a ‘Knowledge, Attitude and Practices’ study across Belize, which indicated that more needs to be done to sensitize the public about [...]