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B.N.T.U. Says Education Minister “Feigning Ignorance” on Convention Interference

The Belize National Teachers Union and the million dollar payout to non-striking teachers remain in the news tonight. The B.N.T.U. executive is saying that it is not buying the story [...]

Union Says Everyone was Watching Operatives at Work

Late last Thursday evening, upon emerging victorious as the new president-elect, Senator Elena Smith best described those moles as only she can.  Having spotted the so-called U.D.P. operatives at the [...]

COLA’s Take on the Million Dollar Honorarium

Information to News Five is that some teachers in the Anglican and Government-managed school systems received as much as five hundred dollars each as their honorarium or reward for not [...]

Did some teachers get their honorarium for Easter?

Officially, according to the Ministry of Education, the million-dollar honorarium for non-striking teachers has not been issued as planned for before the Easter break because it has not gotten the [...]

Courtenay Says Teachers’ Bonus is Illegal; Payout Put Off to After Easter

The Ministry of Education confirmed this afternoon that the million-dollar honorarium promised by the Government to non-striking teachers will not go in on time. This is because several school managements [...]

Will Money Influence Outcome of B.N.T.U. Election?

In the B.N.T.U.’s convention, Senator Elena Smith, Troy Coleman and Mario Mesh are vying to replace retiring three-term president Luke Palacio. Smith has the highest profile and is seen as [...]

‘Civil Disobedience’ called for as N.G.O.’s Show Disapproval

The condemnation of the Government’s plans has been widespread, from business to civil society to activist organizations to all major political organizations apart from the U.D.P. So what happens next? [...]

B.P.P.’s Maheia Says Faber Has Been Wasteful; Must Resign

Separate press releases from the Belize Territorial Volunteers and Belize Progressive Party this evening condemned the Government’s decision to spend a million dollars of taxpayers’ monies as an Easter “reward” [...]

P.U.P. Calls Out Education Minister: “Stubborn, Immature and Downright Dangerous”

The P.U.P. in a release this evening called the million dollar payout to teachers, “the sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he [...]

Deputy P.M. Says Dangriga U.D.P. not Fractured Despite Fight

Dangriga area representative Frank “Papa” Mena appears to have internal turmoil in his camp. A meeting last week descended into reported chaos following charges by the Minister of State of [...]

P.U.P. Calls for Renewed Fight on Crime; Hits G.O.B. on Budget Cuts

The People’s United Party says it is gravely concerned by the government’s seemingly flippant inattention to the spiralling crime.  Earlier today, the P.U.P. issued a release noting that the government [...]

PACT Bill Voted Down in Senate, Making Legislative History

For one of the rare instances in Belizean legislative history, the ‘noes’ had it in the Senate with regard to the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Amendment) Bill on its second [...]

What Did Ambassador Joel Nagel Do in Austria?

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, confirmed last Thursday at the House debate that the Ambassador of Belize to Austria, Joel Nagel, was told to leave his post by [...]

Courtenay Slams Elrington for “Squatters” Comment

The comment by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington on the topic of Belize’s borders and how they have not been fully drawn and accepted, in which he compared Belize’s [...]

More Passports, Less Money for Immigration?

Senator Courtenay also reacted to the rise of the number of passports being issued and the amount Government is collecting for them. He points out that with nearly four times [...]

Hulse Hails Agriculture Rebound, Promises Tight Reins on Spending

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Godwin Hulse, wrapped up debate on the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill around news time on Monday evening after a full day of [...]

Opposition Charges Fire Department’s Budget Should Not Have Been Cut

Two weeks ago, the PM tabled the 2017/2018 Budget. And while debate has been fast and furious on many issues, one that perhaps was lost in the marathon debate was [...]

Eamon Courtenay: Budget has Belize “Bouncing Backwards”

As a Senior Counsel, Eamon Courtenay has faced his share of scary situations. So what would cause the Opposition’s top Senator to “faint away,” as he claimed during this morning’s [...]

No Alternative Facts: Courtenay Says G.O.B. Raised Taxes

Close to eighty million dollars has been claimed by the Government in additional tax measures under the new Budget, affecting everything from electricity to fuel to the environment. And while [...]

Aldo Salazar Says Belize is Better Off Compared to Caribbean Neighbours

Responding for the Government, Senator Aldo Salazar made the point that Belize is in the same boat as the rest of the region, where Jamaica passed massive tax increases and [...]

Prime Minister Hails Standard and Poor’s Taking Belize Out of Default

After a marathon two days of discussion and recrimination, Prime Minister Dean Barrow wrapped up the House of Representatives’ debate on the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill just before eleven [...]

P.M. Barrow Talks Record after 10 Years in Government

Belize is hardly alone regionally in economic malaise; many nations in the Caribbean region, whose governments are presently submitting budgets for consideration similar to others, have had similar sluggish economic [...]

“Boots” Defends Pro-Poor Programs at Day 2 of Budget Debate

Turning to the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives this morning…. After being seemingly overwhelmed and nettled by the force and ferocity of the Opposition People’s United Party’s response [...]

P.U.P.’s Francis Fonseca Says Government Can’t Hide Anymore

But the Opposition P.U.P. proved intractable, convinced that two Belizes exist and that they are further apart than ever before.  Leading off the Budget Debate this morning, former Opposition Leader [...]

Tracey Panton Says It Was a Good Year for Investment

Later, it was the turn of Albert area representative and Minister of State for Investment, Trade and Commerce, Tracey Taegar-Panton, to deliver a presentation marked mostly by technical numbers about [...]