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Barrow’s slim budget and tax reforms

The delayed national budget was tabled in the House of Representatives this morning. The forty two page document delivered by the Prime Minister is themed “Exercising Discipline while Preserving Growth.” [...]

Slim budget, but U.D.P. programs to continue

The P.M. says that the budget is not austere, but to swap words it is certainly spartan. He signaled the need for everyone to tighten their belts ahead because the [...]

Draft Estimates for 2012-2013

The P.M. says that provisions are also being made for support to alternative education, especially the community resource centers in the south side of Belize City, and, the ITVET. The [...]

P.U.P. not impressed with budget

The Opposition side this term is robust with fifteen parliamentarians, some who made their maiden intervention today.  While the budget will be debated on July twelfth and thirteenth, we got [...]

Small demonstration by Jasmine Lowe supporters in Capital

While the Prime Minister was presenting his first post election budget, outside the National Assembly building, a handful of demonstrators kept up the pressure against crime. Jasmine Lowe, the murdered [...]

Hung jury; retrial necessary in murder case

A jury of twelve had a tough time deciding the fates of brothers, Emory and Maurice Felix, who were on trial for the murder of twenty-nine year old Mitchum Heredia. [...]

Brian Brown gets bail for drug charges

Brian Brown is out; he was released this afternoon after Justice Adolph Lucas granted him bail at the Supreme Court. His attorney, Ellis Arnold, submitted that Brown should be granted [...]

Compensation figures for B.T.L. and B.E.L. widely vary

And now back to the budget, a large part of the public debt is still undecided as the cost of nationalizing Belize Telemedia Limited and Belize Electricity Limited has not [...]

Hoop dreams to become reality in 2013; new basketball facility

There are few new initiatives in the budget. The prime minister brought back the construction of a basketball arena, which the Mexican government was initially committed to. He hopes that [...]

Regional HIV Testing Day

There were other activities taking place aside from the budget. Across the Caribbean, today is recognized as Regional HIV Testing Day. The initiative was started by the Caribbean Broadcast Media [...]

Mayor cements his bond with Belize City

Streets in the downtown area are getting a much needed face lift. The roster includes ten streets that are heavily trafficked on both the north and south sides. The novelty [...]

2012 Carnival, Pickstock Style

Carnival is less than two months away and bands are already gearing up for this year’s fete. Pickstock Carnival Band Leader, Gareth Gill, says that this year they’re going all [...]

Spartan budget to be delivered in the Capital. Will there be cuts?

This Friday, the House of Representatives will convene for the first time since the March general elections. There will be a stronger Opposition across the aisle so the budget debate [...]

Restructured for comfort, Hoteliers and GST

While cuts are anticipated in government expenditure, in the tourism industry the GST is expected to be introduced to replace the hotel tax. But stakeholders are not complaining. Since its [...]

K.H.M.H. says audit exonerates it from allegations

The special audit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (K.H.M.H.) has been completed. A former employee became a whistleblower alleging improper procurement practices of supplies and drugs and irregular uses [...]

Stevedores slow work pace for union negotiation

A go-slow by stevedores of the Christian Workers Union (C.W.U.) on Tuesday was stepped up to a work stoppage on Wednesday. The stevedores complained that the negotiation process for a [...]

Port of Belize Receiver surprised by protest

The Port of Belize Limited, however, says that a framework agreement was signed between the CWU and PBL on March twenty-third in respect of the negotiations of a collective bargaining [...]

Belize Tourism Industry Association meets on industry issues

The Belize Tourism Board reports tonight a seven point four percent increase in tourism visitors between January and May. March recorded the highest increase with a historic thirty-two thousand visitors [...]

Green Tropics must rehabilitate protected biological corridor

Green Tropics, a Spanish company, became known in earlier this month when its operations were put on hold for dredging at the Labouring Creek Jaguar Corridor Wildlife Sanctuary. The company [...]

Simplis Telethon to raise $1 Million for Children with Special Needs

A mega telethon is planned for this weekend by Kim Simpliss Barrow and Care Belize.  This coming Saturday, the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts will be the venue for [...]

Trial about murdered witness to another murder falls apart

Now turning to the courts, another murder trial fell apart in court today, when the prosecutor faced two hurdles she could not cross. The case relates to the murder of [...]

GSU puts away another man with an illegal loaded gun

The GSU conducted a number of operations today. At mile four on the Western Highway this morning, Francis Benitez, a Salvadoran national was arrested and charged for firearm related offences. [...]

Benque Town Council and S.S.B. agree on debt payment

The Social Security Board issued a press release today responding to a news story we aired on Wednesday night. News Five had received a copy of a letter, issued to [...]

The indomitable Michael Finnegan helps kids with graduation bill

Graduation exercises were held last week at the Salvation Army Primary School. It was a happy occasion for some, but for others, well they didn’t get their certificates because of [...]

Police week celebrated with cool visits to Belize City Hot Spots

A number of city cops were in the hot spots in the old capital; they didn’t make any arrests, instead they were meeting the residents of these areas. As a [...]