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House Meets; P.U.P. Questions Make Up of Economic Development Council

The House of Representatives met in its final session before the mandated summer break and there was a lot to discuss. We’ll have all the highlights, but first, to the [...]

P.M. Gives EDC Members Credit for Legislation

Accusing the Leader of the Opposition in particular and the Opposition generally of ignorance of the role of the Council, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave them credit for several of [...]

Supreme Court, Liberty Hall Volunteered for “Rejuvenation”

We have been covering the Cultural Heritage Bill’s passage through the House of Representatives. It is intended to present a regime for registration and maintenance of historical assets including buildings, [...]

Commercial Center Not Part of Project

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Patrick Faber hit back with a reminder that both Liberty Hall and the Supreme Court were in some disrepair years ago. He countered [...]

P.M. Barrow: “I Don’t Accept” U.S. Claim of Gov’t Complicity in Human Trafficking

News Five was able to pigeon-hole Prime Minister Dean Barrow for a quick interview following the sitting. We asked first about the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report. This [...]

Bleeding Cayo South Begs for Crime Resolution, P.M. Responds

Two topics addressed on the adjournment are carrying a lot of currency at the moment. While Belize City has been mostly crime and murder-free for a few weeks, there has [...]

Julius to Howell: Don’t Charge Tire Fire Protestors

The Cayo South Area Representative also called out the officer commanding Belmopan, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett. Gillett told News Five on Monday that while the search was continuing for murder [...]

Can Education Gap in Labour Force Be Cured?

As we reported on Wednesday, unemployment ticked up to nine percent year to year according to the Statistical Institute of Belize’s Labour Force Survey done twice annually. Additionally, just under [...]

The Pitfalls of Living at Minimum Wage

Five years ago, the minimum wage for working Belizeans was raised to three dollars and thirty cents. In that time, the cost of living has increased hundredfold, exacerbated by high [...]

Returning Gaspar Vega Living in Fear; Police Guard Home & School

Former Minister of Natural Resources and area representative of Orange Walk North, Gaspar Vega, made his long-awaited return to the House of Representatives after being absent since August. It wasn’t [...]

Family Dispute Causes Arson in Ladyville

A domestic dispute among members of a Ladyville family has resulted in the alleged torching of a property in the Milpa Site area of the village.  According to thirty-four-year-old Lorna [...]

U.D.P. Sets Municipal Conventions for August

Municipal elections are set for March seventh, 2018. There are nine municipalities and a whopping sixty-seven seats to fill; eleven in both Belize City and Belmopan. The U.D.P. is in [...]

Accused in Fatal 2016 Accident Faces Supreme Court Trial

Belize City resident, Victor Mason Gibbs, accused of causing the death of a Jehovah witness, Lilian Emily Guy on July thirtieth, 2016 was today committed to stand trial at the [...]

Belize Short Again in Protecting Barrier Reef

The World Wildlife Fund and the Belize Coalition say that Government has failed to implement promised protection for the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site. According to the WWF, this [...]

First 100 Graduates from Police’s Youth Mentorship Program

Two years ago, a spike in crime violence in Mayflower and Sibun area of Belize City saw residents seeking an initiative targeting those most susceptible on the south side. ACP [...]

4 Pilots Train to Fly Huey ‘Copters for B.D.F.

An auspicious ceremony was held at the Belize Defense Force headquarters in Ladyville.  Four pilots completed a Helicopter Conversion Training Course to fly the Taiwanese-gifted Hueys thus transitioning from the [...]

Know Your Status: Test for HIV!

Belize joined regional efforts today to encourage testing for HIV, particularly by men. Across the country, centers were open for persons to get tested and know their status. The trends [...]

Mayor Darrell Bradley Challenged on ‘Strip’ Enforcement

This morning, business owners and promoters gathered at City Hall to take on Mayor Bradley in open forum, following last week’s abrupt decision to enforce noise abatement regulations within the [...]

Trade License Fees to be Standardized

The mayor also announced today that the City Council will be introducing a new trade license regime in the coming days.  According to Mayor Darrell Bradley, the new system will [...]

Losses Can Be Made Up

It is estimated that the municipal government stands to collect one million dollars less; monies which Mayor Bradley says will be realized through other means.  One option to regain those [...]

San Joaquin Rocked by Murder; Suspect on the Run

A villager from San Joaquin, Corozal, this morning lost his life in a horrific way. He was attacked with a machete and chopped to the head.  Twenty one year old [...]

Video Review for Businessman Robbed at Airstrip

On Monday, we told you about the store manager who was robbed over the weekend by two men who lay waited him at the airstrip in Ranchito, Corozal. Today, police [...]

U.S. Frowns on Belize’s Human Trafficking Record

Four years ago, Belize ranked among the Tier Two nations in the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report. This year, we have been named as the worst trafficking offender [...]

Chester Says Goodbye to City; Will He Leave Police Department Too?

ACP Chester Williams formally bid farewell to Belize City this afternoon during an official sendoff organized by his colleagues at Eastern Division South.  The respected top cop assumes a new [...]

Ex-Gangsters Participating in Truce Told to Stay the Course

Williams’ departure from Belize City has raised serious concerns about the fate of the existing gang truce which was struck several weeks ago with various rival groups.  Those individuals have [...]