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Senate Government Caucus Skeptical on Maritime Areas Amendment

The Senate met for its final session for 2017 this morning in Belmopan. On the agenda were four bills and two motions brought from the House of Representatives along with [...]

Ashley Rocke Swings Vote Despite Plea from P.U.P.’s Courtenay

From the inception of its plan to present the Bill, the P.U.P. went on the move to lobby the social partner senators, who often prove to be the deciding factor [...]

Eamon Blames ‘Politics’ for Defeat; U.D.P. Asks Who’s Really in Charge?

After the Senate meeting, a disappointed Eamon Courtenay lamented the chance wasted by what he called ‘petty politics.’ Meanwhile, Michael Peyrefitte expanded on the suggested ‘incompetence’ of his former House [...]

Time’s Up! Belize Bank, G.O.B. Prepare for U.H.S. Showdown

Has the time come for repayment of ninety million-plus Belize dollars to the Belize Bank Limited in respect of the Government’s sovereign guarantee of a defaulted loan by Universal Health [...]

Aldo Salazar Says Chamber Was Out of Line

The House of Representatives is on recess as of Friday, so even if the certificate is obtained in the coming days, its enforcement cannot be pursued until the House next [...]

Senate Turns Down Contractor General for Re-Appointment

Godwin Arzu has been in the role of Contractor General since 2009 and his current two-year term expires at the end of 2017. The government has been seeking to renew [...]

P.M. Says Hold Off on U.H.S. Debt Payment until House Meets Next

The last House of Representatives meeting for 2017 was more even-tempered than usual, perhaps reflecting the current season. Members debated two motions and passed four outstanding bills, including the legislation [...]

Thumbs Up for N.T.U.C.B.; Down for Chamber, Belize Bank

All this week News Five has been covering the various reactions from across the political spectrum, including from the vaunted “social partners” of the Government. They have all told the [...]

Why Franz Parke Had To Go

Jamaican-American attorney Franz Parke’s brief second tenure as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Belize came to an end earlier this week. In the days since his departure, [...]

Marilyn Williams Moving Up to Supreme Court

In other judicial news, the complement of the Supreme Court is to increase by two starting in January. One of the appointees is none other than attorney Marilyn Williams, a [...]

The Oil Moratorium is in Effect

Seven years of work has resulted in an overturn of the status quo ante regarding offshore petroleum operations in Belize’s marine territory. With little debate and bipartisan support, the National [...]

Taiwan Comes Through Again – US $40 Million over 4Years

The eagerly-awaited motion on Universal Health Services was not tabled today, but another money-related motion was. A forty-million U.S. dollar motion for a loan from the Export-Import Bank of the [...]

Can Police Turn Over a New Leaf?

On the adjournment, a variety of topics were raised, usually about outstanding current issues. One is the ongoing battle between police and citizens, exemplified in the recent death of Edwin [...]

Christmas Wishes and Cheer from Belmopan

Our last story from the House of Representatives is a positive one, and may even be anticipated in some quarters. There were wishes of goodwill from both sides of the [...]

The Meeting with the PAC

Auditor General Dorothy Bradley met with the six members of the House of Representatives’ Public Accounts Committee nearly a month ago.  The meeting did not get into details of the [...]

B.P.P. Preparing Municipal Candidates in City, P.G.; Protest Lack of Re-Registration

The Belize Progressive Party hosted a press conference this morning at its headquarters on Vernon Street to discuss a number of national issues, including its position on the much talked [...]

UHS and the P.U.P.’s Internal Turmoil

The unpaid UHS debt continues in the news following the announcement that parliament is not likely to vote to pay the loan note that goes back to 2004 and was [...]

Alleged Meeting with Lord Ashcroft is ‘Red Herring’

Last Wednesday, at a press conference to address the UHS debt, Prime Minister Barrow said that he had come into information from a trusted source that Lord Michael Ashcroft had [...]

Belize Bank Has 3 Weeks to Serve U.H.S. Judgment, Goes to House Next

Prime Minister Dean Barrow finally broke his silence today exactly one week after the Caribbean Court of Justice delivered a ruling in which it granted leave to the Belize Bank [...]

C.C.J. Cannot Compel Bill Authorizing Payment to Pass

The Prime Minister is duty-bound to table a proposal in the House of Representatives at its next sitting requesting the appropriation of that eight-figure sum from the Consolidated Revenue Fund [...]

P.M. Says ‘Extremely High Risk’ That Payment Will Not Go Through

According to the PM, the mandate of the CCJ does not extend to parliament so it can be struck down by a majority vote.  In this case, he says the [...]

The People’s House Has Final Say; Cannot Be Challenged

With most ministers already saying no, the PM says that a conscience vote will end with U.D.P. parliamentarians voting against the bill. In this instance, interest will admittedly continue to [...]

Conscience is Cop-Out, Says P.U.P. – Step Up or Step Down

The People’s United Party held a parliamentary caucus this evening, a meeting which lasted for the better part of two hours.  Despite the lengthy discussion on the UHS debt and [...]

U.D.P. Must ‘Fix’ the Problem

There’s a possibility that the People’s United Party may return to power in 2020, and with the UHS debt being kicked around like the political football it has since become, [...]

P.M. to speak Wednesday, but Cabinet says no to U.H.S. and Belize Bank

Cabinet met in Belmopan this morning, ahead of a scheduled press conference for ten o’clock in Belize City on Wednesday, to discuss government’s position on the pending ninety million dollar [...]