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Edmond Castro Says He Never Used His U.S. Visas

Belize Rural North Area Representative Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro was the trending topic today, following a statement from his office confirming the embarrassing cancellation of his diplomatic and tourist [...]

Minister Contends He Will Not Inquire About Reasons for Revocation

Castro’s Chief Executive Officer, Ruth Meighan, a former Immigration Director, was also denied entry into the U.S. in late July, 2016.  Together, neither the minister nor his C.E.O. can visit [...]

Alvarene Burgess Details Interactions with Castro on Visas

The Senate Select Inquiry on the Immigration Department resumed today in Belmopan. And after going toe-to-toe with former friend and Government Minister Edmond Castro in the courts and on this [...]

More Ministers Named: Boots, Contreras Filled In for Absent Castro

Burgess told the senate panel that she learned that the U.S. Embassy had at least two recordings of her conversations with Castro and other persons whom she could not recall. [...]

Why Was Alvarene Invited Into Visa Ring?

But why was Alvarene Burgess recruited into the visa recommendation scheme? Was it because she had access to the top players? Committee Chair Aldo Salazar repeatedly asked, but Burgess’ answer [...]

Ex-Belizean Ambassador to Taiwan Can’t Explain Honduran Diplomat’s Involvement in Kim Affair

The Committee’s first witness today was former Ambassador of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Cherie Nisbet. She was at post when South Korean businessman turned fugitive Won Hong [...]

Senate Committee Returns: More Muscle, More Rhetoric

Even with a week’s absence, the Senate Special Select Committee has not been absent from the news headlines. When we last left it on May seventeenth, it had descended into [...]

Cabinet Colleagues Weigh In on Castro: Finnegan Wants to Hear from U.S.

It has come out in court and today in the senate that Minister Edmond Castro has been involved in countless recommendations for Asians at a fee; in fact, his name [...]

DPM Faber Says There is No Evidence of Wrongdoing Against Castro

The matter of the visa cancellation was discussed in the Cabinet on Tuesday, but Government has not received any notification from the U.S. about what has transpired and why. Deputy [...]

COLA & P.U.P. Say Castro Must Go

Today, the Opposition and COLA pounced on the heels of the revocation of Castro’s visas. P.U.P. Leader John Briceño and Cayo South’s Julius Espat called for Castro’s removal, while Geovannie [...]

Finnegan Asks – What is Ultimate Purpose of Senate Inquiry?

One lone U.D.P. minister who says that the senate inquiry has not run its course is Mesopotamia area rep, Michael Finnegan. He says that it is the prerogative of the [...]

Stop the Circus, Faber Demands

But Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has a different take. This morning, he told the media that the usefulness of the inquiry has come and gone and there is a [...]

Faber Says Resources Must Be Governed by Written Contract

Another U.D.P. minister who has come under fire recently is John Saldivar. The Belmopan area rep was photographed ferrying his team to San Pedro using coastguard vessels donated by the [...]

Finnegan Says No ‘Bad Faith’ in Boat Borrowing

Minister Saldivar has gone on the offensive on social media saying that he stands behind his decision to use the vessels for his Bandits basketball team. But his colleague Michael [...]

P.U.P. Condemns Coast Guard ‘Abuse’

Is anybody buying Minister of Defence John Saldivar’s staunch defence of the decision to transport his Belmopan Bandits teams on Coast Guard? Certainly not Opposition Leader John Briceño when we [...]

CCJ to Elevate Denys Barrow; Dominica’s Cabral Wants to Stop the Show

There is an important event that takes place this Thursday.  It is the elevation of Senior Counsel Denys Barrow as a judge to the Caribbean Court of Justice. Barrow is [...]

Tanya Carter Robbed; Accused Teens Rounded Up

Well-known Belizean artist, Tanya Carter, was robbed by a group of four men, one who also threatened her life. The artist declined on-camera interviews since she was shaken up by [...]

Port Authority Gets New Headquarters

The Belize Port Authority is moving to its new headquarters adjacent to the Belize National Coastguard off mile four on the George Price Highway. The spanking new facility was officially [...]

Tobacco a Threat to Us All; NDACC, Cancer Society Team Up

“Tobacco, A Threat For Us All” was the theme that guided activities to mark World No Tobacco Day. The activities also coincide with the culmination of a month of events [...]

June to November, the Hurricane Season is Here!

The Hurricane Season is here and the Met Service says that this year is forecasted to be active. The above normal season will see fourteen named storms and three are [...]

Minister Edmond Castro Says U.S. Revoked Diplomatic, Tourist Visas

On the eve of the expected testimony at the Senate Special Select Committee of whistleblower on visas Alvarine Burgess, Minister of National Emergency Management and Transport and Belize Rural North [...]

Charges Withdrawn From Deshawn Ramirez; D.P.P. Says She Killed Her Husband in Self Defence

Deshawn Ramirez – she is the woman who was charged with her husband’s murder on Monday and remanded to prison. But tonight she is free, after the murder charge was [...]

Defence Minister Insists There Was Nothing Wrong with Bandits’ Trips on Coast Guard Vessels

While Castro is in the news tonight for the cancelation of his visa, Minister of Defence John Saldivar is pushing back heavily against claims of misuse of Coast Guard assets [...]

Body Found in Sea Near Corozal

This morning, the body of a man was found floating in the Caribbean Sea near First Avenue in the Bay of Corozal Town. The person has since been identified as [...]

About-turn: Majority Partners Assert Control; Say Rebecca Rath is Still Miss Belize

The plot thickens in the Miss Belize saga. Twenty-four hours ago, Miss Belize Rebecca Rath appeared to be stripped of her title by pageant director Opal Enriquez. Her family had [...]