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D.O.E. says Fines and Fees in Proposed Plastic Ban Legislation will be Reviewed

As you may know by now, the Department of Environment is pushing full steam ahead to phase out single use plastics and Styrofoam in Belize by December of this year. [...]

Will There Be Help for Plastics and Styrofoam Businesses to Transition to Biodegradables?

And so the phase out is a staggered process that starts with the importation followed by local production. The ban will affect the bottom line and even see many importers [...]

Relocations in Bootsville, Prior to and After Fire

The late evening fire that eviscerated the home of Melanie Adolphus has displaced her family, but if there is a silver lining on that dark cloud it’s the fact that [...]

Details of the sailboat that ran aground!

The Belize Coast Guard has issued a statement with the details surrounding a sail boat that ran aground on the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve. According to the Coast Guard, they [...]

Senate Debates Caracol Road Loan Motion

The Government has secured an additional twenty million US dollars loan from the Kuwait Fund for partial financing of Phase Two of the upgrading of the Caracol Road. In Phase [...]

Coastal Road Rehabilitation Project Debated by Senators

The second loan motion which was debated in the Senate today was one for thirty-six point five million U.S. dollars. Those monies have been secured from the Caribbean Development Bank [...]

Minister says it is about the environment in ‘DOE vs Zabaneh’ case.

On Tuesday Primrose Gabourel and Dion Zabaneh were back in court because the Department of Environment slapped them with new charges. The D.O.E. had withdrawn the six charges against the [...]

Plastic Pollution Public Education Campaign launched

The phase out of plastic and Styrofoam is expected to come into effect at the end of this year. Next month, on April twenty-second, the D.O.E. is looking to have [...]

The plight of the Queen Conch which is facing overfishing

It is difficult to imagine Belize without the queen conch. But that threat is real because the conch population is under pressure due to over fishing. Elsewhere in the Caribbean, [...]

D.O.E. Brings ‘New/Same’ Charges Against Primose Gabourel and Dion Zabaneh

Mother and son duo, Primrose Gabourel and Dion Zabaneh, were back before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford this morning. The Department of Environment is attempting to levy new charges on Gabourel [...]

The Prosecution ‘Screwed Up’, Says Attorney Emil Arguelles

According to Attorney Emil Arguelles this morning proceedings did not require his clients to submit a plea. Arguelles’ objections revolved around the prosecution’s decision to bring forth new charges which [...]

Senior Magistrate Reserves Decision to April 2nd

Then there is the matter of who owns the land in question. Parcel number four-six-seven-zero was acquired by the Government in 2006 but according to Attorney Emil Arguelles, his client [...]

A Suspected Guatemalan Sailboat is Grounded Near Sapodilla Cayes

A sailing vessel, believed to be captained by Guatemalan fishermen, ran aground on the reef near Sapodilla Caye in the waters of southern Belize.  The Belize Territorial Volunteers set out [...]

How Did Crew of Grounded Vessel Skip Town?

According to Maheia, the proximity of the vessel to the F.O.B. at Hunting Caye makes it near impossible for coastguard personnel stationed on the island not to see it in [...]

Belize Celebrates World Water Day

Belize has joined the international community in celebrating World Water Day. The day is set aside every year as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and [...]

FCD Environmental Youth Group signs declaration with partner group in Guatemala

Youths who live along the border communities in Belize and Guatemala got together earlier this month for a bi-national youth exchange. The two-day event was held in Peten, Guatemala where [...]

Queen Street Police Detention Centre Renovated

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and the police department came under fire in January when pictures surfaced on social media of the horrible and filthy state of the detention centre. [...]

Caracol Road Expenditure is Questioned by Opposition

For the umpteenth time, the government is seeking funding for the Caracol Road. During Friday’s budget presentation, Prime Minister Barrow sought money for the Caracol Road in western Belize. This [...]

What’s the Cost of the Soon-to-be-built Coastal Road

Like the Caracol Road, the opposition is also wary of the cost and funding of the Coastal Road.  At the end of October 2018, P.M. Barrow informed the nation via [...]

PM Defends Cost of Building Coastal Road

Notwithstanding objections from the other side of the house, Prime Minister Barrow explained the source of funding, as well as the process of arriving at the estimated cost of building [...]

62-year-old drowns in Belize River

A sixty-two-year-old market vendor out west drowned in the Belize River on Friday night sometime after eleven.  of Duck Run Village and his brother went in search of his nephew [...]

Belize’s 2019 Conch Season in Danger of Premature Closure

In Belize, like elsewhere in the Caribbean, the queen conch is under threat due to over fishing. If you are a seafood lover, you will know that the queen conch [...]

International Day of Forests celebrated with tree planting ceremony at UB Belmopan Campus

The Ministry of Forestry celebrated the International Day of Forests with a tree planting ceremony today in Belmopan. Minister Omar Figueroa and staff from the Forestry Department gathered at U.B. [...]

D.O.E. Hosts Plastic Ban Legislation Consultation

Last year the government announced that it wants to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam as well as plastic food [...]

Bush fire spreads to Xtra House Compound

Shortly after five on Thursday evening, a fire broke out inside the Extra House compound on the George Price Highway. Fire officials say that the blaze didn’t destroy any of [...]