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Murder in Belize: Canadian held as person of interest 

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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation charged with robbery

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Mystery surrounds death of Atlanta Marine, girlfriend in Belize

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Mother of American man killed in Belize: 'All I know is not enough'

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Couple with Atlanta ties found dead after disappearing in Belize

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Toronto woman, U.S. boyfriend missing in Belize: Reports

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Belize: le paradis des Coppola

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J’can sworn in as Belize judge despite mounted opposition
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican attorney Franz Parke was on Tuesday sworn in as a Court of Appeal judge in Belize amid controversy over his appointment. According to Belizean reports, the appointment came despite a claim filed last week by the Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party, Johnny Briceño, to have the Belize Supreme Court declare his appointment null and void on the claim that his appointment violates the Belize Constitution — the highest law of the land   Read More ...
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Letter: Yet another senseless murder
Dear Sir: The Belize Progressive Party. (BPP) is saddened, once again, by yet another senseless murder. On this occasion, it is the cold-blooded killing of Mr Albert Cattouse, a hard-working, senior citizen and fervent activist for just causes. This is a sad day for Belize and all who stand up for Belize. Mr Cattouse was a true born Belizean who unflinchingly stood up for what he believed, which distinguished him as being one of the few activists who did so without fear   Read More ...
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Accused Belize gunman tied to cop killing
The man accused of gunning down a former Toronto man in front of his wife and kids in Belize was also involved in a 2005 cop killing. Apolonio Kiou — also known as Apolonio or Polo Cervera — was arrested and charged with the murder of 38-year-old Gabriel Bochnia in Corozal last Wednesday. So far, detectives have not released a motive for the crime but it is known that Kiou was acquainted with the Bochnias   Read More ...
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Ex-con arrested in slaying of Canadian in Belize [Photos]
Previous Next Cops in Belize have charged a 50-year-old ex-con with murder in the vicious slaying of a former Toronto man. But — like many police probes in the Central American country — detectives aren’t saying if the murder was part of a broader conspiracy in tiny Corozal. Gabriel Bochnia, 38, was shot outside his home late Oct. 4 as his wife and children looked on in horror   Read More ...
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Ex-con arrested in slaying of Canadian in Belize [Photos]
Previous Next Cops in Belize have charged a 50-year-old ex-con with murder in the vicious slaying of a former Toronto man. But — like many police probes in the Central American country — detectives aren’t saying if the murder was part of a broader conspiracy in tiny Corozal. Gabriel Bochnia, 38, was shot outside his home late Oct. 4 as his wife and children looked on in horror   Read More ...
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Will cops catch Belize killer?
Previous Next For the second time in less than six months, a Canadian is making the long trip home from Belize in a casket. On Wednesday, Gabriel Bochnia, 38, who grew up in Toronto, was shot to death outside his home in Chula Vista area of Corozal. In front of his three young children, who one neighbour revealed, “they saw everything   Read More ...
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Canadian shot to death in Belize was from Toronto, sister confirms
The Canadian man shot to death in Belize this week was 38-year-old Gabriel Bochnia from Toronto, his sister has confirmed. In a message sent to CTV Toronto on Friday morning, Kate Bochnia said she was on her way from Toronto to Belize to make funeral arrangements for her brother, who was living in the Central American country with his wife and three children   Read More ...
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Canadian man, 38, fatally shot in Belize; police say suspect fled on foot
COROZAL, Belize — Police in Belize say they’re investigating the fatal shooting of a Canadian man. Police spokesman Raphael Martinez says Gabriel Bochnia was shot Wednesday night as he and his wife and their three children were returning to their home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal. Martinez says as Bochnia, 38, got out of his vehicle to open the gate, a man with a rag over his face came from behind the bushes and shot him in the abdomen   Read More ...
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Canadian man, 38, fatally shot in Belize; police say suspect fled on foot
COROZAL, Belize — Police in Belize say they’re investigating the fatal shooting of a Canadian man. Police spokesman Raphael Martinez says Gabriel Bochnia was shot Wednesday night as he and his wife and their three children were returning to their home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal. Martinez says as Bochina, 38, got out of his vehicle to open the gate, a man with a rag over his face came from behind the bushes and shot him in the abdomen   Read More ...
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Canadian man, 38, fatally shot in Belize; police say suspect fled on foot
COROZAL, Belize -- Police in Belize say they're investigating the fatal shooting of a Canadian man. Police spokesman Raphael Martinez says Gabriel Bochnia was shot Wednesday night as he and his wife and their three children were returning to their home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal. Martinez says as Bochina, 38, got out of his vehicle to open the gate, a man with a rag over his face came from behind the bushes and shot him in the abdomen   Read More ...
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Commentary: Despite Belize’s 36 years of independence many of our people still feel insecure about their future
By Wellington C. Ramos. Thirty-six years ago the British government granted our nation its independence on September 21, 1981, with the Guatemalan claim to our country unresolved. Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was determined to rid her people and government from all its colonial territories. She saw them as a burden to the people and government of Great Britain. Ignoring the exploitation their country was engaged for centuries in all these colonies including ours prior to their independence   Read More ...
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Letter: The short-sightedness of the Belize Integrity Commission is abhorrent
Dear Sir: The Belize Progressive Party. (BPP) notes that the Integrity Commission gazetted the names of those persons in public life, who are not in compliance with Section 14 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA) (No. 21 of 2007), for failure to disclose their assets, income and liabilities. Yet, in remaining true to our deep-rooted conviction for those elements which characterise good governance practises and principles, such as: integrity, honesty, transparency, equal application of the law across the board and full disclosure, we categorically state that the effort put forth by the Integrity Commission falls well short of that which should have been done   Read More ...
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JU nursing prof, Army vet, heads to Belize as Fulbright Scholar
Enter Hurricane Irma: The boat was docked in Key West and was badly damaged in the storm. So it might be time for Plan B. But she’ll get to Belize somehow — the latest step in a journey that goes back almost 33 years, to when she was growing up in Canton, Ohio, 17 years old and not quite 100 pounds   Read More ...
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Growth & Jobs | Belize suspends oil shipment under PetroCaribe programme
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC): The Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) says it has suspended the long-standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oilcompany Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) under the PetroCaribe programme. APBEL said in a statement that the decision to suspend the programme followed "consultation with the government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA" and that APBEL has decided to "suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect"   Read More ...
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Belize suspends oil shipment under PetroCaribe programme
BELMOPAN, Belize – The Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) says it has suspended the long standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oiled company Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) under the PetroCaribe programme. APBEL said in a statement that the decision to suspend the programme followed “consultation with the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA” and that APBEL has decided to “suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect”   Read More ...
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Letter: Belize Police Force used unreasonable degree of force in dealing with journalist
Dear Sir: Belize is recognised globally as an independent free and sovereign nation, in which democratic ideals should be the cornerstone. Therefore, each citizen is imbued by the constitution with the right to freedom of speech. On Wednesday in Orange walk, most regrettably, members of the Belize Police Force used an unreasonable degree of force in dealing with KREM Radio journalist Marisol Amaya, who was simply attempting to do her job by keeping the people of Belize reliably informed   Read More ...
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Tropical system brings heavy rainfall and high winds to Belize and Honduras | Caribbean News Now
Tropical weather outlook. NHC graphic MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity increased on Monday in association with the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey and heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely to spread westward across Honduras, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula during the next couple of days. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, the system still lacks a well-defined center of circulation but some development is still possible before it reaches the coast of Belize or the Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday   Read More ...
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Belize introduces legislation to decriminalise marijuana
BELMOPAN, Belize – The Belize government has introduced legislation aimed at decriminalising the possession of cannabis or marijuana in amounts not exceeding ten grams or less than half an ounce. But the move has been criticised by the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) citing scientific studies and reports showing the dangers of marijuana use in younger persons and that similar experiments to decriminalise the drug in at least one United States city has failed   Read More ...
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Belize introduces legislation to decriminalise marijuana
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize government has introduced legislation aimed at decriminalising the possession of cannabis or marijuana in amounts not exceeding ten grams or less than half an ounce. But the move has been criticised by the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) citing scientific studies and reports showing the dangers of marijuana use in younger persons and that similar experiments to decriminalise the drug in at least one United States city has failed   Read More ...
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Alberta woman who allegedly kidnapped son and ran off to Central America arrested in Belize
Police have arrested a Lethbridge woman accused of abducting her young son back in 2014 and taking him to Central America, where she has been on the run ever since.Investigators allege the 11-month-old was abducted in January 2014 by his mother Robin Greenway-Trockstad after she failed to drop him off for a court-ordered visit.The boy’s father contacted police after Greenway-Trockstad allegedly sent him a text message saying she had left the country with their child and didn’t plan to return   Read More ...
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Voter re-registration in Belize | Caribbean News Now
Dear Sir: For several months, the Belize Progressive Party. (BPP) has made the principled call for the much-needed voter re-registration to commence, with the most recent being made on 6th July 2017, via press release. The government of Belize continues to abuse its powers to not only breach the law but essentially to perpetuate institutionalised PUDP corruption, which eats away at the very core of our governance   Read More ...
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Tropical Storm Franklin brings heavy rain to Belize and Mexico | Caribbean News Now
Tropical weather outlook. NHC graphic By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Franklin moved across the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday bringing heavy rain to northern Belize and area of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. A strengthening trend is likely to begin when the centre moves over water, and Franklin could be near hurricane intensity at landfall in the southwest Gulf coast of Mexico   Read More ...
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Public and private sectors discuss ways to ensure sustainable development in Belize | Caribbean News Now
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Top executives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) visited Belize last week to discuss with key government officials and representatives of the private sector ways of deepening their partnership and cooperation to ensure the country’s sustainable development. IDB executive vice president Julie Katzman, accompanied by IDB country representative Cassandra Rogers and Annette Killmer, a key advisor in the bank’s climate change and sustainable development sector, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and members of the Cabinet during a three-day visit July 24-26   Read More ...
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WestJet announces Calgary service to Belize | Caribbean News Now
CALGARY, Canada -- WestJet has announced new non-stop weekly service between Calgary and Belize, effective November 3, 2017. The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18, which includes more flights from Calgary. "WestJet will increase service from Calgary by 52 weekly flights this winter," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development   Read More ...
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Caribbean trails global trend in automation
Stephen Lee, Program Director, Caribbean Network Operators Group, speaks at the Belize National Cybersecurity Forum, held in Belize City, Belize on April 27, 2017. Photo: Caribbean Network Operators Group By Gerard Best PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A technology trend known as automation could be a game-changer for developing regions, but the Caribbean is trailing global adoption. Across the industry, the automation of network configuration and network management is already bringing tangible benefits, such as lower operating costs and centralised security   Read More ...
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My Depressing Summers in Belize
When summer arrives, my friends and family inevitably roll their eyes when I tell them I’m packing for my fieldwork in the Caribbean. They picture a book and a white-sand beach. I do get a tan. But it’s no vacation. I study ocean ecosystems. The work is chronically underfunded, so food and housing is basic or worse. When we’re in Belize monitoring the health of coral reefs, about half the nights we sleep under the stars on a dock   Read More ...
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Court orders Destra to pay US$8,000 after rupture of man's bladder
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — A court in Belize has ordered soca artiste Destra Garcia to pay just over US$8,000 after the court found that she personally injured a man – Fernando Oliva — while gyrating on him at a concert September 2015. Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert   Read More ...
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Man's bladder ruptures during dance with Destra
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — Soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man — Fernando Oliva — while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015. Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert   Read More ...
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No answers in Belize murders
Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend vanished into the night one month ago. Less than one week later their bodies were discovered in a Belize sugar cane field near Matus’s seaside villa in Corozal. An autopsy revealed Matus, 52, of Keswick and a mother of two, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, a former U.S. Marine from Atlanta had been strangled to death   Read More ...
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The focus is on climate change
Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, prides itself as the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member country that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the rainforest on the eastern coast of Central. America. It has a population of approximately 324, 000 persons – more than three times the number of persons living in the Isle of Spice which is Grenada. The 22, 965 sq   Read More ...
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Ontario man detained in connection with Belize killings
A man from Barrie, Ont. has been detained in connection with the deaths of a Keswick, Ont. woman and her American boyfriend in Belize earlier this month. John Deshaies, 54, has been questioned by local police and named a “person of interest” in the suspected murders of Francesca Matus, 52, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, in Corozal, Belize. Matus and DeVoursney’s bodies were found bound in a sugar cane field on May 1, six days after they were last seen leaving a local bar   Read More ...
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Belize double slay suspect out on bail
The Canadian man described by cops as a person of interest in the grisly double slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize was released on bail Friday. John Deshaies, 54, who lived on the lower level of Matus’ seaside villa, was taken into custody after the 52-year-old Keswick woman and her beau — Drew Thomas DeVoursney, 36 — were found strangled to death and dumped in a sugarcane field almost three weeks ago   Read More ...
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Belize double slay suspect out on bail
The Canadian man described by cops as a person of interest in the grisly double slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize was released on bail Friday. John Deshaies, 54, who lived on the lower level of Matus’ seaside villa, was taken into custody after the 52-year-old Keswick woman and her beau — Drew Thomas DeVoursney, 36 — were found strangled to death and dumped in a sugarcane field almost three weeks ago   Read More ...
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Singapore and Belize sign open-skies pact
Singapore has signed an open- skies agreement with Belize in Central America. It allows their airlines to fly between both countries and to any third country, said the Transport Ministry in a statement yesterday. Under the agreement, there will be no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing schedules. Cargo carriers can also base their aircraft in each other's country and use it as a hub for operations to any third country   Read More ...
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Funeral held for Ontario woman killed in Belize along with American boyfriend
RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – A funeral was held Thursday in Richmond Hill, Ont., for a Canadian woman who was killed in Belize.Fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus — a mother of twin sons — and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, were found strangled in a field on May 1 after Matus failed to show up for a flight returning to Canada.The Canadian government confirmed last week that a Canadian citizen had been detained as a person of interest in connection with the deaths   Read More ...
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Canadian found slain in Belize remembered as 'free spirit'
RICHMOND HILL - Francesca Matus had a big heart, radiant smile and a zest for life. That’s what those who knew and loved the 52-year-old focused on while celebrating her life at Marshall Funeral Home on Thursday. But simmering just beneath the surface was the darkness that befell the mother of two — found slain with her American boyfriend in Belize last week — and the unanswered questions about her untimely death   Read More ...
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Canadian found slain in Belize remembered as 'free spirit'
RICHMOND HILL - Francesca Matus had a big heart, radiant smile and a zest for life. That’s what those who knew and loved the 52-year-old focused on while celebrating her life at Marshall Funeral Home on Thursday. But simmering just beneath the surface was the darkness that befell the mother of two — found slain with her American boyfriend in Belize last week — and the unanswered questions about her untimely death   Read More ...
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Person of interest questioned in murder of Georgia Marine in Belize
Corozal, Belize — The investigation into the killings of a Marine veteran from Georgia and his girlfriend entered its second week here Monday as police continued to question a Canadian national they have identified as a person of interest. John Jeffrey Deshaies, 54, appeared briefly in the lobby of the bright yellow and green Corozal police station on Monday, calmly answering a police officer’s questions and filling out some paperwork   Read More ...
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Report: Person of interest detained after U.S.-Canadian couple strangled in Belize
COROZAL, Belize -- A Canadian man is being detained as a person of interest in the killing of an ex-Marine from Atlanta and his Canadian girlfriend in Belize, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The bodies of 52-year-old Francesca Matus of Ontario and 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney of Georgia were reportedly The couple had been staying together in Corozal near the country's northern border with Mexico   Read More ...
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Suspect in killing of Marine vet, girlfriend in Belize was friend of victim
Authorities in Belize have named 54-year-old John Deshaies of Canada as the prime suspect in the death of a U.S. Marine veteran from Atlanta and his Canadian girlfriend. Drew DeVoursney, 36, and his girlfriend, Francesca Matus, 52, were last seen leaving Scotty's Bar and Grill in Corozal in the Central American country on the night of April 25, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Read More ...
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