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Meetings Held, But No Resolution on Petrocaribe Stoppage

News Five has confirmed with the local Petrocaribe office that meetings took place this week hoping to hash out a solution to delivering fuel from Venezuela under the Petrocaribe Accord [...]

Regular, Diesel Fuel Price Increases Arrive

As we go into the Independence Day holiday, fuel prices are going up at the pumps once again. On September fourth, the Government announced that there would be increases in [...]

I.M.F. Wraps Up Belize Consultation; Opposition Asks Who Will Help Productive Sector

The International Monetary Fund has issued its final report on its annual Article Four consultation with Belize which took place in June. Despite Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s insistence that Belize [...]

DPM Says Suspension of Petrocaribe Will Not Hurt Belize-Venezuela Relations

Tonight, the Petrocaribe initiative remains in limbo following an announcement of the immediate suspension of the program.  A meeting between two officials representing the Venezuelan government and Petroleos de Venezuela [...]

Opposition Leader Says Venezuela May Be Backing Away from Belize

Meanwhile, APBEL General Manager John Mencias has told News Five that the problems with shipments have been ongoing for months now and provoked much complaint from the Government to both [...]

Petrocaribe Purchases Suspended! Local Agent Says Venezuela Supply Not Reliable

A release issued late this evening dropped a bombshell – Petrocaribe has stopped rolling, for now and quite possibly forever.  The decision comes on the heels of an announcement by [...]

Business Senator Details “Minimal” Expenses

While there has been no public comment from the business and private sector despite being apprised of the Prime Minister’s letter, the Senator representing them on the Committee, Mark Lizarraga [...]

Can Government Account for Spending from Increased Fuel Revenues?

For a country that imports far more than it exports and has for all of its existence, fuel is particularly important. Belize has for the past decade or so taken [...]

Get your SSB money direct

On Wednesday, we told you how the Social Security Board is moving online and how employers are making their payments via the online portal. Well, it is not only the [...]

S.S.B. and the pensioner problem

So, the S.S.B. wants to increase contributions for the forty percent of its insured persons. Those persons earn between three hundred and twenty dollars to five hundred and twenty dollars [...]

S.S.B. explains why increased contributions will lead to increased worker benefits

For the past several months, we have been telling you about the Social Security Board’s proposed changes in contributions. Consultations have been held around the country and it is yet [...]

Pay your contributions online!

There’s other news from the S.S.B.  The Social Security Board is slowly changing from its traditional way of receiving and making payments. An online contribution portal is being used for [...]

P.U.P. Demand Fuel Tax Cut as Belizeans Seethe About Increase

Outrage has been widespread in the twenty-four hours since the Government of Belize’s announcement on Monday that fuel prices are to go up once again for the fourth time in [...]

Call Center Employees Call Out Owners for Hard-Pay

About twenty employees of the little known “United Association for Healthy Living” are claiming that they are owed salaries for two pay periods. The call center located on Mercy Lane [...]

Gov’t Warns Fuel Prices Will Go Up Again; Harvey to Blame This Time

Get ready for higher gas prices once again sometime this week, although this time there is some explanation from the government. The last increase came just last week for premium [...]

Economy Stalls; Imports and Exports Down While Cost of Living is Up

Figures released by the Statistical Institute of Belize show that economic activity slowed down to some extent in July.  Goods and services went up slightly, while imports and exports registered [...]

PAC Will Not Meet in Public; Chairman Disappointed

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives met in session this morning in Belmopan to plot a course for investigation into the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report tabled in [...]

Why the PAC Must Be Non-Partisan

Espat is hardly deterred, saying he will continue to fight for publication of the Committee’s work before the final report is laid on the House’s table at some point in [...]

Premium, Diesel Prices Going Up Again!

Get ready for higher gas prices once again. For the second time in eight days, prices are set to rise at midnight tonight for premium gasoline and diesel. Premium rises [...]

Julius Espat Says it’s Time for Petrocaribe/BIL/BTB Audit

Cayo South Area Representative and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Julius Espat, is anticipating next Monday’s meeting of the committee in Belmopan to examine, consider and ultimately report on [...]

Public Accounts Chair Julius Espat Says Report Must Be Ventilated

Friday’s meeting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan should see the tabling of the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report on which we have been reporting all week.  It is all [...]

More Audited Irregularities in G.S.T., B.D.F., but Not Lands or Finance

Two of the largest ministries in the government service – Finance and Natural Resources – were not included. Coincidentally, the same man, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, is currently directly in [...]

Relief for Indigent Property Taxes is Based on Process

Campaign efforts to elect a U.D.P. mayoral candidate for Belize City are in full swing and, as expected with any political race, promises are being made ahead of the August [...]

BELTRAIDE Plays Employment Matchmaker

If you are looking for a job, here is an opportunity that can help you. BELTRAIDE today launched a talent fair to create an employment database to meet the demands [...]

Fuel prices for regular and diesel going up again

It’s been a month since the last increase at the pumps, but get ready for another crunching increase in fuel prices.  At midnight tonight, regular gasoline rises by a whopping [...]