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U.D.P. Wants Eamon Out of Senate; He Hits Back

The ruling United Democratic Party has issued a call for the Opposition People’s United Party to remove its lead Senator, Eamon Courtenay, for what it calls an “outright betrayal of [...]

Ex-Immigration C.E.O. Warns of ‘Unusual’ Events at Department

The Senate Special Select Committee met with three witnesses today at its public hearings in Belmopan. These were senior Immigration Officer Edgar Cano; Finance Officer Teresita Castellanos, and the now-retired, [...]

Candelaria Saldivar says Immigration Officers Were Responsible for Checks

All the senior officers who have visited the Senate Special Select Committee complained that there was little to guide them other than their own judgment, and in some cases, the [...]

Former C.E.O. Denies Involvement in Visa Recommendation Process

But what of Saldivar-Morter herself? At one point in the Auditor General’s Report, she was mentioned as one of the persons who asked for the Department to facilitate visas for [...]

Edgar Cano Disclaims Knowledge of Missing Visa Foils…

The first witness to be called today was Edgar Cano, the former head of the Services Section of the Immigration Department and briefly posted to the Western Border.  Cano, accompanied [...]

…Cano Says He Was On Vacation

Further questioning by the Committee established that Edgar Cano did not leave Belize during his vacation and that he was contacted about the missing visa foils by a Department employee, [...]

Ministers Had No Sway in Immigration, Claims Cano

The matter of Ministerial influence in writing recommendations for passports, visas and even nationality has been a continued topic of discussion in the Senate’s public hearings. But to a man, [...]

Minister Says Environmental Compliance for Caye Chapel Project Granted

Over a week ago, you heard Senator Valerie Woods raised concerns  in the Senate over a proposed beach development at Caye Chapel. The proposed works include a beach club and [...]

New Penalties Target Illegal Logging

On Monday, the Forestry Department announced amendments to the Forest Act that provide for stiffer penalties for illegal logging. The increase in fines will be imposed on persons found with [...]

“Good Thieves” Have Western Paradise in Fear

It has been an uphill battle for police and the community, because most of the residents work within the city and often times leave their homes unattended and open to [...]

Enfield Fitzgibbon Read Murder Charge for Death of Keimar Nicholas

Police believe that twenty-seven-year old Enfield Fitzgibbon is the gunman who pulled the trigger in the murder of nineteen-year-old Keimar Nicholas.  Nicholas was shot on the night of January twenty-third, 2017 [...]

One Caught, Two Sought in Uno Gas Robbery

Belize City police have detained one person and are looking for two others, following Tuesday’s mid-morning armed robbery of the UNO Gas Station on Youth for the Future Drive. A [...]

Uncle and Nephew Freed Over Caught Hicatees

An uncle and nephew charged with illegal possession of female hicatee turtles and hicatee nets were freed of four charges today before a planned trial. Magistrate Carlon Mendoza agreed with [...]

Hefty Fines for Undersized Conch

In more fisheries news…five fishers caught big fines in the Magistrate’s Court for possession of undersized conch and fishing without a license, but it could have easily been worse. The [...]

Agencies Handed Fire-Fighting Gear

Over the past years, the Forest Department and its partners have joined efforts in addressing an increasing number of intense wildfires in remote forested areas.  To strengthen the works of [...]