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Ground broken for new weather radar

Prime Minister Said Musa took time off the campaign trail this afternoon to participate in the official ground breaking ceremony for a new radar and infrastructural upgrade to the National [...]

B.T.B. moves into new Regent Street headquarters

With its own healthy revenues from hotel taxes and little official oversight, the Belize Tourism Board is the envy of many less well endowed government institutions. Today the B.T.B. invited [...]

Third murder of the year takes place on familiar turf

Murder number three for 2008—and the second for Belize City—took place last night in a familiar place and involved a name not unknown to police. News Five’s Janelle Chanona has [...]

Belize homicide rate still well behind Jamaica

And while three homicides are still three too many, that rate is still well off last year’s record pace which, according to official figures, saw a total of ninety-seven people [...]

Police panel finds three forgetful cops guilty

Three months after they changed their stories on the stand, the police officers involved in the collapse of the manslaughter case against Belize City businessman Ben Bou-Nahra have been convicted [...]

San Pedro casino hit hard by burglars

Eight days after a San Pedro Credit Union was hit by armed robbers, thieves decided to target a gambling house in the island town. According to police reports, around four [...]

Labour trouble hits contractor at Vaca dam

A labour dispute has slowed work at the site of the Vaca hydroelectric facility near Benque Viejo in the Cayo District. Reports reaching News Five indicate that somewhere near eighty [...]

93 candidates will contest Feb. 7th election

On last night’s newscast we reported that ninety-three candidates had signed on the dotted line and paid their deposits for the February seventh general election. Tonight News Five’s Janelle Chanona [...]

Orange walk will host political debate

And in other campaign news, it appears that there will be at least one formal political debate … and it will take place in Orange Walk. A release from BELPAC, [...]

Corozal man missing following Hurricane Dean

Most of the damage from Hurricane Dean has been repaired but today we learned of one casualty that has yet to be dealt with. It involves fifty-three year old Alfred [...]

St. Luke inaugurates new classrooms

With a rate of population growth among the highest in the Caribbean, need for new classrooms never ends. Today one Southside Belize City school found some breathing space and took [...]

B.T.L. installs 1000th pay phone

Superman, at one time may have found a phone booth to be a convenient venue for switching identities … but in the age of the cellular do we really need [...]

It’s Castro versus Rancho in Rural North

It’s a constituency rich in history, encompassing a major city of the ancient Maya as well as the prime logwood swamps so favoured by the early Baymen. But tonight Belize [...]

P.U.P. launches manifesto 2008

There may be voters who will sit down and actually read both major party manifestos, weigh the relative merits of the two documents, ascertain their commitment to implement the proposals [...]

93 candidates will contest for 31 seats

And speaking of candidates, we are reliably informed that the total number of people nominated in the nation’s thirty-one electoral constituencies is ninety-three. The Peoples’ United Party and the United [...]

Producer recalls Andy P.’s hard work and dedication

Messages of condolence continue to pour in from around the world following the death on Saturday of Andy Palacio. And while we in Belize watched with enthusiasm as Andy’s career [...]

News Five looks back at Palacio’s early days

Our own relationship with Andy began even before this station made its first broadcast, when Andy was hired to compose the theme music for News Five. Over the ensuing sixteen [...]

Belizean Studies publishes special Archaeology issue

For thirty years, St. John’s College has been publishing the journal Belizean Studies. This morning at SJC’s Princess Margaret Drive campus, the editors released a special issue on Archaeology in [...]

Tough conditions, limited resources challenge Toledo E. candidates

There are thirty-one constituencies that will elect representatives next month but by no means are they all identical. The areas vary greatly, both in population and physical size. So while [...]

Andy Palacio: dead at 47

Belize’s most internationally recognized musician, Andy Palacio, finally succumbed to heart and respiratory failure, the result of a series of strokes. His death occurred around nine Saturday night. Belizeans were [...]

P.U.P. presents candidates for nomination

The nation may be in mourning but life—particularly political life—marches inexorably forward. Today, in case you missed it, was nomination day, the day each candidate does his or her best [...]

U.D.P. confident of Feb. 7th victory

The United Democratic Party presented their city candidates for nomination in the afternoon. News Five’s Janelle Chanona reports that, not surprisingly, the mood was upbeat. Janelle Chanona, Reporting This afternoon [...]

Third parties, independents prepare for battle

Their appearance at Mahogany Street may not have been accompanied by all the hoopla of the major parties but this morning a number of independent and third party candidates plunked [...]

Cayo taxi man is year’s second murder victim

Exactly one week after the year’s first murder was discovered, the second homicide of 2008 has been reported. The corpse of fifty-seven year old Santa Elena resident, Raul Cortez was [...]

Cops seek duo in Dangriga armed robberies

A robbery at a Dangriga nightspot has left the bartender recovering from gunshot wounds. According to police reports, just after midnight on Saturday, thirty-one year old Lorenzo Sabal was manning [...]