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Senate Meeting Will Proceed; 13th Senator Not to be Present

The Government of Belize has announced through a Communiqué that the meeting of the Senate scheduled for Thursday, January nineteenth, will proceed as scheduled. The commitment for a thirteenth senator [...]

Debate on Referendum Act is Personal for Most Area Reps

The House of Representatives began debate on the Referendum Act (Amendment) Bill, on its second reading, shortly after its break to consider the first reading bills. That debate lasted nearly [...]

Julius will be back – but is he really sorry?

Absent for this first sitting of the House of Representatives in 2017, was Cayo South area representative Julius Espat. He has not seen the halls of the National Assembly since [...]

Referendum Act: will amendment pave way for I.C.J. resolution?

The House introduced six new Bills and read four others held over from the last meeting. The most important of them is the amendment to the Referendum Act, which proposes [...]

P.U.P. reps demand proper education and justice for Guatemala’s wrongs

Debate on the amendment was fierce and robust. Members of the Opposition focused on other issues that need to be addressed before any referendum is considered, such as a re-registration [...]

The Maritime Areas Act will be amended, says P.M.

In the context of the discussions on the amendment to the Referendum Act, a nearly quarter-century old piece of legislation that once split the United Democratic Party was brought back [...]

Why G.O.B. will not pay arbitration awards (except maybe Newco’s)

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has been consistent in opposing payment of arbitration awards to the former B.C.B. Holdings and Belize Social Development Limited in respect of action over the Settlement [...]

Time to “man up”, Opposition Leader tells Prime Minister

The Prime Minister pointed out, surprisingly, that in Belize all the cases he has resisted with regard to arbitration awards, the Government has won. But what has been the economic [...]

Progressives, Territorial Volunteers protest outside House

While inside the House, the amendment to the Referendum Act was thoroughly debated, outside a small group of protestors also had their say. A protest against the amendment was organized [...]

Should taxes be raised or spread around?

It is widely speculated that the budget for the new financial year will contain increase taxation due to the current economic crunch. The country is in recession and facing debts [...]

B.P.P. questions Integrity Commission’s decision to forgo penalties

After years without a functioning Integrity Commission, on Thursday, a group of seven Belizeans was formally appointed with a mandate to scrutinize declared statements of assets and liabilities of elected [...]

Why 13th Senator cannot join colleagues next week

President of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Osmany Salas, was elected on Tuesday by his peers as the thirteenth member of the Senate. He was expected to be sworn in [...]

Julius Espat Apologizes, Paves Way for Return to House

News Five has learnt that at Friday’s‘ sitting of the House of Representatives,  party whip and Area Rep for Mesopotamia, Michael Finnegan, will be presenting a motion for the return [...]

P.M. Focuses on Economic Recovery for New Year

The Prime Minister’s annual New Year’s message is being aired elsewhere in this newscast. PM Barrow highlights the achievements of his government throughout the course of the calendar year and [...]

Social Reform and National Security Also Highlighted

The highlights of the message also include a recap of several achievements by way of social reform, particularly the appointment of the Integrity Commission, the signing of the United Nations [...]

A Handsome Sum for Chon Saan to Become Immigration Belmopan?

Will the Government of Belize pay as much as four million Belize dollars for the Chon Saan Palace Restaurant building in Belmopan? That’s what News Five sources say, though manager [...]

Anwar Barrow assesses performance as he gets ready to leave B.T.L.

Chief Executive Officer of Belize Telemedia Limited, Anwar Barrow, the son of Prime Minister, is to leave state-owned Belize Telemedia Limited in the first quarter of 2017, after what the [...]

Is there still time to stop Net Vasquez appointment to Integrity Commission?

There have been seven persons recommended, but not yet appointed, to the Integrity Commission. It has been fifteen days since the names of Marilyn Williams for Chairman; Armead Gabourel; Lisbeth [...]

Defence Minister restates position on Sarstoon access

At the August House meeting, area representative for Fort George Said Musa asked Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington whether citizens of Belize can now freely travel on the Belizean [...]

P.U.P.’s welcome Longsworth in House; Peyrefitte in Senate

Thursday’s meeting of the Senate was the last for Vanessa Retreage, who steps down at the end of the year from her powerful portfolios of Attorney General and Minister of [...]

Senators debate the bill for B.I.L.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Opposition People’s United Party questioned additional government spending for work by Belize Infrastructure Limited, the special purpose vehicle designed by Government to spend Petrocaribe monies on [...]

Senate Ratifies Special Agreement and Protocol; is Referendum Next?

In the Capital, the Senate hosted its final session for 2016 at the National Assembly. It reviewed and passed nine bills brought back from the House and several motions. Of [...]

Opposition Disagrees – Agreements Did Not Need to be Ratified to Have Referendum

The Opposition contends that there has been a rush to judgment and that the Government need not have acted with such haste. They say their view is bolstered by an [...]

Why Investigation is Needed in Carmelita Land Scam

One thousand six hundred acres of prime farm land gobbled up by a powerful family in five years, at great loss to the Government and people of Belize. That, in [...]

More Money in the Economy Not a Good Thing, Opposition Senator Claims

Among the bills considered by the Senate today is the Treasury Bill (Number Three) Amendment Bill, which juggles the limits that Government can raise on treasury bills and treasury notes. [...]