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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 [...]

Vaccination and How It Helps Kids Stay Healthy

The Ministry of Health has embarked on an exercise this week to get persons immunized from a number of preventable diseases. At schools and work places, health personnel are encouraging [...]

All is Well as Police Meet and Greet on Southside Beat

Today, the Police Department carried out its weekly meet and greet on the north and south sides of the city. We went to Antelope Street Extension area where we caught [...]

ACP Chester Prepares for Transition Out of Southside

In about two months, the south side top cop will no longer be walking the streets and leading the officers in Eastern Division. He will be in Belmopan behind a [...]