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Monday, January 19, 1998

1998 Supreme Court session starts today - Courtesy of B.C.B

Ceremonies symbolizing the start of the Supreme Court season for 1998 was held this morning in front of the Belize City Court Building. In his review, Chief Justice George Brown said there were 86 criminal cases heard in 1997, 20 for murder, 9 attempted murder, 5 manslaughter, 11 manslaughter by negligence, 3 robbery, 5 rape, and 33 for other offenses. This year, there are 11 cases scheduled for the January session, which begins tomorrow. The Attorney General, Dean Barrow, mentioned the possibility of Australian judges coming to Belize to assist in the backlog of cases. This morning also saw various presentations made to the Chief Justice on his departure. The new Chief Justice, George Singh takes up his new post on February 1st, along with newly appointed justices, Manuel Sosa and John Rivero.

Two drown in Pine Ridge - Courtesy of B.C.B

Two people, including a child drowned yesterday in the Pribacion River in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of the Cayo District. Robert Hurley told police that early yesterday morning he left his two children, 7 year old Deborah Hurley and 8 year old Adir August in the company of 44 year old Marla Holder. He reported that when he returned the 7-year-old told him that Marla and Adir had drowned. Police say the bodies were retrieved and are at the San Ignacio Hospital. Marla Holder was the Resident Director of the School of Agriculture at Central Farm.

Belize to receive assistance for Southern Highway - Courtesy of B.C.B

Belize will receive assistance for the Southern Highway Rehabilitation Project from the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF). Today, the Secretary General of the ICDF in Taipei, China, Ping Cheung Loh, signed a $10 million concessional and united loan with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Executive Vice President, Nancy Birdsall. The IDB has approved two loans totaling $18.6 million for Belize to upgrade and maintain about 40 miles Southern Highway.