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B.D.F. Christmas Luncheon to Honor Soldiers

The annual Christmas luncheon of the Belize Defense Force is an event to look forward to. Today, the soldiers gathered not only to celebrate the season, but also to honor [...]

Police preparedness for the Christmas Season

There has been an increase in police presence on the streets of the Old Capital since mid-November in preparation for the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season.  Traditionally, it [...]

Echevarria Finally Arraigned for Murder

Following the directive of Director of Public Prosecutions on Wednesday, this afternoon Belmopan Police charged eighteen year old Wilser Echevarria for the crime of murder. Echevarria was on remand at [...]

Physical Altercation in Coast Guard Goes to Court

A pair of coastguard officers who reportedly have had a history of enmity with each other is heading to court to resolve a criminal matter resulting from a physical assault [...]

Coastguard Graduates Recruit Intake 5

The Belize National Coast Guard held a passing out ceremony today where forty-four young recruits joined the ranks of the organization.  Dozens of invited guests, including family and friends, as [...]

Is Hunting Caye F.O.B. Still a Joint Belize/U.S. Effort?

On Tuesday, News Five had an opportunity to speak with Minister of foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington on a variety of issues, including the murder of the Panamanian diplomat. We also [...]

Missile Unearthed at Site of Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio Town

A mortar is a military weapon that fires explosive projectiles or bombs at low velocities, short ranges, and high-arcing ballistic trajectories. For about three weeks now, construction works have been [...]

BCG Holds Best Warrior Competition

This afternoon, forty exhausted soldiers who are being pushed to the limits of their endurance completed in day-two of the Coast Guard’s Best Warrior Competition. There are five teams of [...]

Still No Tourism Police at Caracol

Caracol reopened on October twenty-seventh after being closed for an entire month. There was much hype about enhanced security protocols – beefed up B.D.F. presence and Tourism Police presence ramped [...]

Caye Caulker Police Need New Barracks

Government has with some regularity boasted that its coffers are bulging with Petrocaribe funds to the tune of hundreds of millions. And that money can apparently be used for all [...]

US Southcom Issues Ultimatum on Hunting Caye F.O.B.

On October ninth, the construction of the Coast Guard’s forward operating base on Hunting Caye came to an abrupt stop. Following public outrage and outcry at the news that a [...]

Belize Defense Force to Receive First Fleet of Helicopters

The press conference by the Ministry was called for two reasons – first to update on the forward operating base, which could classify as bad news, depending on how you [...]

Training to be Provided for Helicopter Pilots

In addition to the four point one million acquisition cost, there is also the matter of what had previously been described as prohibitively expensive operating costs. But those costs, including [...]

B.D.F. Reports Frequent Confrontations with Guatemalans

Along the western and southern borders for some time now, B.D.F. soldiers are deployed to deter encroachments, illegal logging and xaté harvesting, as well as gold panning and the cultivation [...]

B.D.F. Speaks on Border Incident at Camp Valentin

On October third, the nation was shocked and outraged by news that Guatemalan villagers had confronted B.D.F. soldiers at Camp Valentin, a newly constructed conservation post. Those villagers had threatened [...]

3 More Conservation Posts for Chiquibul National Park

While the eyes of the nation are fixated on a departing cruise ship and a perceived threat, on Saturday the organizers of a telethon are hoping that you’ll keep the [...]

B.D.F. Launches Operation Gallop

At least four times for the year, the Belize Defence Force carries out a large-scale operation called incisive gallop. Approximately one hundred soldiers, acting on intelligence, focus on one area [...]

B.D.F. Commander on Joint Belize-Guatemala Commission Meeting

A delegation from Belize, including government and opposition representatives as well as B.D.F. and Police commanders, travelled to Guatemala this past weekend to meet with their counterparts. At the end [...]

B.D.F. Chief of Staff Speaks on Caracol Closure and Camp Valentin

As we said, the Chiquibul has been on centre stage – or perhaps we could more accurately say that all territorial and border issues have become the ten thousand pound [...]

Belize National Coast Guard Unveils Development Strategy

The Belize Coast Guard held a press conference on Tuesday with a dual purpose – firstly to speak on the forward operating base in Hunting Caye, and secondly to provide [...]

Coast Guard Joins ‘Not In My City’ Campaign

The Coast Guard’s duties can be broken down into its military, law enforcement, and humanitarian functions. In fulfilling the law enforcement mandate, the unit has been deployed to assist the [...]

Massive Law Enforcement Effort Destroys Fifty-four Million Dollars in Marijuana

On Tuesday, the US Embassy, through its Office of Public Affairs, issued a press release in which it announced the discovery and destruction of marijuana with a street value of [...]

Hunting Caye F.O.B. Construction Poses No Threat to National Security

Construction of a Coast Guard forward operating base on Hunting Caye was brought to an abrupt close last week after a stop order issued by the US Southern Command. That [...]

Coast Guard Commander on Employment Status of Guatemalan Workers

That, relatively speaking, takes care of the substantive matter of the forward operating base, but there are other serious issues – like the immigration and work status of those Guatemalan [...]

Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission Meets in Guatemala City to Discuss Security Issues

The government also announced today that a Belizean delegation led by CEO Alexis Rosado traveled to Guatemala City last Friday where the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission convened a meeting to discuss [...]