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Health Inspectors need cops to enter Princess Hotel

In several stories over the last month we’ve followed Health Department officials as they inspected, shut down, re-inspected and subsequently allowed the re-opening of a Belize City bakery. Well, this [...]

D.F.C. Inquiry will have only 5 more public sessions

The public hearings of the D.F.C. Commission of Inquiry will resume … but they will be forced to pack a lot of testimony into a very short time span. According [...]

Coast Guard, B.D.F. help find skiff missing at sea

The Belize National Coast Guard and B.D.F. Air Wing went into action this morning after a skiff belonging to the University of Belize failed to show up at Calabash Caye [...]

Man stabs girlfriend; turns knife on self

An argument between a man and a woman has left one hospitalized. According to Orange Walk Police twenty-two year old Mariana Buddan was at home when her boyfriend, twenty-eight year [...]

Lying witness receives three months for contempt

A witness booked for perjury has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Twenty-six year old Frederick Arzu was ordered arrested after he was caught giving a false alibi at the [...]

Shane Orio stars as Puntarenas wins C.A. championship

He may have left Belize for the greener pastures of football in Costa Rica, but there is no denying that former B.P.F.L. star goaltender, Shane Orio, has reached the peak [...]

Chico Ramos performs in Washington, D.C.

And while we’re on the subject of Belizeans starring abroad, viewers in the Washington D.C. area shouldn’t miss a special concert featuring Punta King Chico Ramos. The veteran rocker will [...]

Hotel Association seeks occupancy boost

Hotels are the backbone of Belize’s tourism industry and today the organisation that represents that part of our economy held its annual general meeting. News Five’s Kendra Griffith reports. Kendra [...]

Hurricane season ends; Caribbean was quiet

In the world of tropical cyclones–otherwise known as hurricanes–no news is good news … and the 2006 season, which ended today, was one of the least newsworthy on record. Today [...]

Mennonite women show off quilting skills

In recent years the Mennonite communities of Belize have received increased recognition as some of the nation’s most productive farmers, road builders and businessmen. But what about the women? Not [...]

Journalist/Poet publishes book, CD

Poetry is hot in Belize with artists of varying abilities taking to the stages, airwaves and bookshelves of the nation in record numbers. One of the most ambitious efforts yet, [...]

D.P.P. and police clash again; will Chester be arrested?

The long simmering conflict between the police and Director of Public Prosecutions has once again boiled over. Credible reports reaching News Five indicate that a Police Internal Affairs investigation of [...]

Driver in fatal accident hit with slew of charges

The man at the wheel of a pick-up truck involved in a fatal accident in Toledo has been hit with a mountain of criminal charges. Fifty-two year old Ignacio Avila [...]

Suspects arrested in two city robberies

Two men accused in separate robberies have been arraigned in Belize City Magistrate’s Court. In the first case, eighteen year old Leon Yorke pleaded not guilty to Robbery, Resisting Arrest, [...]

Tax Dept. holds raffle to boost compliance

If somebody told you that government was passing out cash, you’d probably laugh … and think that an election was coming. And if they told you the office passing out [...]

U.S. Embassy issues first visas from new location

Operating from its new digs in the capital city, the United States Embassy announced today that it issued its first visa from the new location on Monday. And the recipients [...]

E.P. Yorke students demonstrate against drug abuse

Today another Belize City High School took to the streets … not in any political protest but to show its commitment to staying drug free. Jacqueline Godwin, Reporting These young [...]

Ministry of Health launches

With some four thousand Belizeans living with HIV and at least one new infection reported daily it’s more than clear that dealing with the AIDS pandemic should be one of [...]

New play will debut at Bliss

It’s that time of year when Belizeans are in the mood for entertainment … and while the fare for Christmas 2006 ranges from ballet to fashion shows, there’s nothing like [...]

Charges finally filed in diver’s death … 7 months too late

It was a vacation tragedy even more dramatic than that chronicled in the film “Open Water.” And like that dive disaster, the events that unfolded in October 2005 off Belize’s [...]

Escaped prisoner convicted and sentenced in absentia

He may be an escaped convict on the run, but that did not stop Ernest Hinds from being convicted and sentenced for an assortment of crimes. Today Chief Magistrate Herbert [...]

Defendant walks as victim, 8 witnesses decline to testify

A former prisoner accused of attempted murder was set free today because the victim and eight other witnesses refused to testify against him. According to court reports, in June 2004, [...]

New newspaper

Belize’s newest entry into the journalism business, the Independent Reformer, hit the stands today. According to its inaugural editorial, the paper “contains almost no hard news” and will instead “focus [...]

Belize will host thousand strong

Belizeans of a certain age may recall the days when Belize’s territorial integrity was bolstered by a robust contingent of over a thousand British soldiers and air force personnel. These [...]

Y.E.S. cites progress, problems of fighting abuse

In 2004, the Youth Enhancement Services launched a campaign aimed at reducing sexual abuse and exploitation of young women and girls. Today Y.E.S. held a press conference to update the [...]