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Ex-ministers Called Out for Immigration “Agency”

Several current Ministers of Government have been faulted for offering and signing recommendations to facilitate persons getting passports, visas and other services.  Some have gone even further, from couriering to, [...]

Immigration Director Careful About Canceling Passports, Nationalities from A.G. Report

Among the recommendations by the Auditor General in her report is the complete revocation, pending investigation, of all nationality certificates and passports issued to the persons named in the report [...]

Mark Lizarraga Condemns ex-Ministers Turned Immigration Agents

Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga acted as chair of the Senate Hearings today in place of Aldo Salazar, whom he said had a prior commitment. On the matter of the [...]

Reformation of Personal Behaviour Important to Clean-Up of Immigration

Are ordinary Belizeans somewhat partly to blame for the state of affairs at the Immigration Department? Is our thirst for accelerated service contributing to the “culture of corruption” so extensively [...]

Kelvin Usher Remains Missing; Family and Friends Fear Worst

A desperate search continues for missing seventeen-year-old Kelvin Usher.  Family, friends, students as well as the police searched an area in Lucky Strike off the old Northern Highway for hours [...]

Did G.S.U.’s Behaviour Contribute to Situation?

In Belize City, attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, who is defending Cameron Usher Senior and considers him a close friend, says the bigger tragedy than the discovery and burning of the [...]

First Chinese Grocer Murdered in Old Capital in 4 Years

Police are not providing details on the deadly shooting of a Chinese grocer in Belize City. Shortly before eight o’clock on Monday night, a robbery attempt turned fatal for Bainan [...]

Illegal Mahogany Loggers Out on Bail

Earlier today, a group of four illegal loggers appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court where each man was formally charged for unlawfully harvesting as many as thirty-two pieces of [...]

Karl Leslie Death Remains Mysterious

Was an elderly resident of Hattieville murdered or did he die of natural causes?  The family of Karl Leslie believes that their loved one may have been killed by someone [...]

Guns for Freedom?

Police making a routine traffic stop in Belize City on Saturday encountered twenty-seven-year-old Shayanne Castro, a Port Authority clerk, and her husband Wasani, found no evidence of firearms or ammunition [...]

Marijuana Law Subject to Misinterpretation

After introducing for a first reading the bill to decriminalize possession of ten grams or less of marijuana in the House of Representatives in August, Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicated [...]

Fine for ‘Draw’ Possession

That proposed marijuana amendment came up in court today when Errol Garbutt, a heavy equipment operator living on Racoon Street, Belize City who is planning to relocate to the US, [...]

Father Avoids Charge for Beating Daughter & Wife

Francisco Mejia of Santana village, Belize District, is lucky to avoid a criminal charge after his wife elected to withdraw charges of harm and threatening words. The charges arise from [...]

How to Avoid the Contagious ‘Pink Eye’

Severe cases of conjunctivitis remain on the rise across the country, as infections among adults and children continue to spread.  Pink eye, as it is commonly known, is a swelling [...]

Hygiene and Prompt Treatment Important

Prevention of pink eye is partly by hand washing and treatment depends on the underlying cause.  In the majority of viral cases, there is no specific treatment; however, most cases [...]

Mexico Says Thanks for Earthquake Help

Two devastating earthquakes struck central and south-western Mexico in succession between September seventh and nineteenth. Between them they have caused more than four hundred deaths and extensive material damage. As [...]

In Cayo, NEMO Prepares for Multi-Disaster Scenario

The National Emergency Management Organization led a simulation exercise for a multi-disaster and emergency response scenario involving a break in a dam along with other scenarios happening at the same [...]

The Ordinary Lives of Extraordinary Artistes Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

At this hour, the Mexican Embassy in Belize is unveiling two separate photographic exhibits at the Mexican Institute of Cooperation in Belize City as part of their year-long celebration of [...]

A Trip Through Mexico’s Exotic Architecture

The other exhibit is photographs of major infrastructure in ten Mexican cities from Zacatecas in the north to the capital, Mexico City, to Campeche in the south. These are the [...]

Shayanne Castro Charged for Drugs; Did Police Try to Extort Her Family?

Tonight, another member of the Castro family is in the news, this time for drug trafficking. Twenty-seven-year-old Shayanne Castro nee Rosado, wife of Wasani Castro, was arraigned and pleaded not [...]

Firearms, Believed to be Linked to Castro, Taken Off Streets

Back to the story involving Shayanne Castro…Police have confirmed that it recovered four high-powered weapons off the streets, along with ammunition. However, no arrests were made and the firearms were [...]

City Man Charged over Marijuana Plantation; His Son is Missing

There were other marijuana busts over the weekend.  The largest one took place in Lucky Strike village off the Maskall Road in the Belize District on Sunday morning following the [...]

G.S.U. Makes 2 Busts for Drugs

In the other busts by the Gang Suppression Unit over the weekend, thirty-seven year old Jason Orozco was arrested and charged for drug trafficking on Saturday morning. He was captured [...]

4 Busted with Illegally Cut Mahogany Logs

An illegal logging operation in northern Belize District has resulted in the arrest of four men who were found with as many as thirty-two pieces of mahogany logs in an [...]

Pain of New Gas Prices Settling In

Fuel prices have increased as many as four times in two months; twice in August and twice in September. The surprise increase sneaked on Friday sent premium prices rocketing at [...]