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Ashcroft Praises Eamon Courtenay; Says He May Release Him from Legal Work

Senior Counsel and Senator Eamon Courtenay has come under fire from the United Democratic Party and the Government for acting on behalf of the former BCB Holdings in a Constitutional [...]

S.C.A. Buys Big in Potatoes from Local Farmer

Farmers in the Cayo and Orange Walk Districts have thousands of pounds of potatoes rotting in the fields – produce they have been unable to sell because of competing imported [...]

Trio Convicted of Murder of Cayo Taxi Man

A jury of seven women and five men stepped into the deliberating room at just after noon today to decide the fate of three men from Cayo, who are accused [...]

The David Nanes Caper Revealed in Paperwork from Immigration

David Miguel Banes, otherwise known as David Nanes Schnitzer, sits in a Mexican jail for white collar crimes he allegedly committed in that jurisdiction.  After defrauding investors of millions of [...]

G.O.B. Scrambling Over Passport Machine

The Immigration and Nationality Department remains under heavy scrutiny amid the ongoing Senate Special Select Inquiry…and we’ll have that coming up.  Tonight, however, there are complaints from the public that [...]

Temporary Passports to Cover Backlog

According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Williams, another system has been substituted in place of the faulty passport machine which is also enabled for machine [...]

Ashcroft Asks: Was It Really Worth It?

If you listen to the Government, most of its problems stem from past decisions, whether by the Said Musa administrations or by Lord Michael Ashcroft. At every turn there have [...]

At Senate Hearing, a Tale of Attempted Bribery Making G.O.B. Richer

A few weeks ago, former C.E.O. of the Ministry of Immigration, Candelaria Saldivar-Morter, mused that many unusual things happened in the Immigration Department and that there was corruption from the [...]

Ex-Nationality Chief Details How Vetting Corners Were Cut

Even though Prime Minister Dean Barrow continues to deny that the cut corners in the Immigration Department compromised the nationality of those registered in the run-up to the 2012 general [...]

Politics Responsible for Immigration Mess

We suspect that it hardly matters in the greater scheme of things, but both sides of the political divide have been accused of misusing the Immigration Department to their advantage, [...]

Junior Immigration Minister Says Work on Reform Must Continue

The day-to-day operations of the Immigration and Nationality Department are coming under the microscope in the ongoing investigation. The Minister of State Beverly Williams is faced with reshaping the image [...]

Coconuts Can Be Big Business for Belize

Coconut may be big business soon for Belize – the emerging industry is supported by the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project which aims to improve income and employment opportunities, food [...]

Lord Michael Ashcroft Makes Dire Predictions About Superbond

A News Five team is in Washington where an exclusive interview was conducted earlier today with Lord Michael Ashcroft.  A number of issues of national importance were discussed during the [...]

Lord Ashcroft Says Sale of Utility Shares May Help

Lord Ashcroft also commented on the possible privatization of the utility companies.  In his view, while it will be difficult to get investors to purchase minority shares; the sale of [...]

Eric Chang and Patrick Tillett Summoned to Senate Inquiry; Will They Appear?

It appears the Senate Special Select Committee is convinced that Eric Chang and Patrick Tillett can contribute to their investigation into the circumstances of eight missing visa foils that they [...]

Why Senate Cannot Investigate David Nanes Schnitzer

David Nanes Schnitzer – his name is back in the news in a big way after his recent re-capture by international authorities and return to Mexico to face fraud charges. He [...]

Police and Other Investigations Must Wait for Senate Report, says Chair

There are provisions in both the Senate and House of Representatives Standing Orders which effectively prohibit premature publication of evidence by those involved in Select Committees. As we have seen, [...]

Teresita Castellanos Says Few Records Were Kept for Passports

Former finance officer in the Department, Teresita Castellanos last week dared to say what no else would, at least publicly. At her second appearance before the Senate Special Select Committee [...]

Ministers Prevailed on Immigration Director to Tend to Constituents

Returning for his second time in the witness chair this afternoon was former officer in charge of the Nationality Section, Gordon Wade. In his previous appearance, he named several Ministers [...]

How Daniel Morris Fooled Immigration

American fugitive Daniel Rae Morris apparently wound up with a Belizean’s expired passport, although he didn’t get very far with it, as he was detained at the northern border and [...]

Time to Mend Broken Links at Immigration Department

As final vettor, Gordon Wade’s word was almost law when it came to recommendations for nationality. He gave the final word before the Director gave her stamp of approval. But, [...]

Gwen Lizarraga High Cracks Down on Tardy Students

There was uproar this morning outside of Gwen Lizarraga High School where tardy students were locked out and not allowed to enter the compound, essentially missing out on their first [...]

No Love: Manslaughter Charges for Woman After Partner Died Following Valentine’s Spat

A woman is in police custody tonight pending charges, following the death of her common-law-husband forty-six-year-old Eric Kent Moses.  It is expected that Genevia Christine Estrada will be charged with [...]

Coming to Agreement on the Law of the Sea

A three-day workshop concluded in the city today – two days were spent gathering information from regional and international specialists, including scientists and legal experts, on issues that are relevant [...]

Olympic Committee Goes to Elections; President Says Belize Wants to Win

Over the weekend, a new board was elected for the Belize Olympic Committee. The national committee holds elections every four years after the Olympic Games. It’s a requirement to be [...]