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Reporter Editorial on Sarstoon River Raises the Ire of Belizeans

This week’s editorial in the Reporter newspaper has managed to accomplish what little else has – accord between the Government and the Opposition. We’ll get to that, but first the [...]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sets the Record Straight on Southern Border

The Opposition swung first this morning, via text from Senator Eamon Courtenay. He wrote, “The Reporter editorial of today is factually and legally wrong. It is a bizarre and possibly [...]

Newspaper Owner Harry Lawrence Responds to G.O.B.’s Position

As we mentioned earlier, the Reporter Editorial was written by newspaper owner Harry Lawrence. He received the letter from C.E.O. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Sylvester this afternoon, [...]

Photographer Tony Rath Details Chiquibul Experience in Online Article

While the Reporter’s Editorial is found to be lacking in accuracy, another article in circulation today puts perspective in what really is happening in the Chiquibul. Renowned professional photographer Tony [...]

Mek Mi Rich Litigants Return to Court

On February twenty-third, Justice Courtney Abel ruled that B.T.L. and Mek Mi Rich, MMR, colluded to steal the concept for the game-show from Curtis Swasey. It was a landmark ruling [...]

B.T.L. and Mek Mi Rich Appeal Supreme Court Decision

What was also clear at the conclusion of the case in February is that the twenty-five thousand awarded to Swasey as compensation was not satisfactory to the claimant. The Judge’s [...]

Gun-toting Urbie is Released on Bail

After two nights on remand at the Belize Central Prison, thirty-five year old police officer, Urbie Alamilla is out on bail granted to him this morning by Supreme Court Judge, [...]

A Rainbow Flag Flies Over U.S. Embassy in Belmopan

An event took place in Belmopan today that is causing chatter and drawing controversy in some quarters. The Rainbow Flag, which is the recognized symbol of gay pride, was hoisted [...]

Evangelical Church Reacts to Observation of Gay Pride Month

While members of the church did not gather en masse at the gates of the U.S. Embassy this morning, the leadership of the National Evangelical Association of Belize was present [...]

S.S.B. Chairman Discusses Proposed Purchase of G.O.B.’s Utility Shares

On Tuesday, News Five broke the story of what has every appearance of being a bailout of G.O.B. by S.S.B. at the Prime Minister’s request. If indeed it is a [...]

S.S.B. Tentatively Green lights Acquisition of Government’s Shares

News Five has learned that at Tuesday’s meeting Financial Secretary Joseph Waight was called into the meeting of the Investment Committee to provide some clarity on share value. There was [...]

Doug Singh Says It’s a Low-risk Investment with High Returns

The People’s United Party has condemned the transaction, claiming that G.O.B. is raiding the S.S.B. piggy bank because it is broke and needs a cash fix. In an extended interview [...]

Leader of Opposition Says Immediate Government Action in Sarstoon is Critical

Following talks in Washington between Belize and Guatemala on Tuesday, there’s been no clear sense that progress has really been made in resolving the conflict in the Sarstoon. Certainly there [...]

P.U.P. Leadership is Hopeful that Guatemalan Discussions will be Treated Seriously

Last week the P.U.P. announced that it would be withdrawing its representative from the talks with Guatemala. That move is designed to send a clear message that the P.U.P. believes [...]

Foreign Minister Elrington Returns from Washington, Any Good News?

Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington returned from Washington this morning after leading a delegation of government representatives to meet with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales and his delegation along [...]

Opposition Representative Says Washington Trip was an Embarrassment

So with no protocols established, no formal or informal draft and no concrete establishment of a relationship in the Sarstoon pending the formal protocols, what really came out of that [...]

Belize and Guatemala Army Generals Meet in Washington

As we said earlier, Brigadier General Jones met with Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Eduardo Perez, Chief of Defense Staff of the Guatemalan army. Guatemala proposes that the head of the armies [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says Military Changeover at Cadenas is Smooth Sailing

Where the B.D.F. is concerned, the changeover of personnel at the Cadenas Observation Post, using the Sarstoon River as ingress to the remote location, has been unhindered since early May.  [...]

Untrammeled Access to Sarstoon is Now a Work in Progress

Elrington admits that to reach a Sarstoon Protocol is a gradual process that hopefully will materialize a document within the next six months.  As for untrammeled access, well that too [...]

No Date for Follow-up Meeting on Sarstoon Protocol

While the meeting has been described as fruitful, there were more questions than answers this morning when the foreign minister returned to the country.  Elrington could not even say when [...]

Opposition Plans to Remove Foreign Minister

There you have it. After five hours in Washington there is no agreement on the Sarstoon, no structured plan for discussions – not even a date for the next meeting [...]

Is S.S.B. Interested in $55 Million Worth of G.O.B.’s Utility Shares?

Is Government broke? A recent report from the IMF raised alarm bells painting a dismal economic picture and recommends retrenchment and increased taxes. And tonight, we can report that G.O.B. [...]

Another Fuel Increase Means More Gas Pains at the Pump!

It seems that where the price of fuel at the pumps is concerned, it’s all bad news. We wish we could tell you different tonight, but we can’t. News Five [...]

Belize and Guatemala Commence Rounds of Meeting in Washington

Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales met in Washington today. The start of the meeting was somewhat delayed because the permanent council of the Organization of American States [...]

Trigger Happy Urbie is Remanded to Prison

Tonight, thirty-five year old police constable Urbie Alamilla is on the other side of the law and on remand at the Belize Central Prison. This evening, he was denied bail [...]