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The UHS Debt is Finally Tackled in Parliament

A special sitting of the House of Representatives took place in Belmopan today on an issue that has been thorny and divisive.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as Minister of Finance, [...]

Ballooning UHS Debt Can’t Be Paid Out of the Public Purse

The PM has taken the view that the judgment from the Caribbean Court of Justice which ruled that the loan is legal, cannot be paid from the consolidated revenue fund unless [...]

The Executive, the Legislature and the Looming UHS Debt

According to the PM, it was for the House to decide if the debt to the Belize Bank would be paid. His argument rested on the basis that the debt [...]

P.U.P. Walks Out, Refusing to Vote on UHS Debt Bill

For years, the guarantee by the government on a loan to the then Universal Health Services has been debated and tried in the courts. Today, it came down to a [...]

Johnny Breaks Down the UHS Loan

For the People’s United Party, the UHS loan guarantee goes back to the Musa Administration, one which this current government won’t let them forget. But when the Leader of the [...]

Johnny to P.M. – You Broke It, You Must Fix It!

Briceño placed the loan at the front door of the Prime Minister under whose watch the issue lingered before several courts for numerous years and remains unpaid. Briceño made the [...]

UHS Debt, “A $95.6 Million U.D.P. Bukut”

After tracing how the loan had meandered through the courts in Belize, London, New York, Miami, Washington and Trinidad, Briceño pointed to the law firms that had benefitted from legal [...]

“That is a U.D.P. Debt” – Musa to Barrow on the $95.6 Million UHS Debt

Back to the House…Contributing to the debate was Fort George Area Representative Said Musa.  Musa was the Prime Minister at the time when the government decided to act as a [...]

Francis Fonseca Says Debt Responsibility Lies Squarely with PM Barrow

Freetown area rep Francis Fonseca was attorney general when G.O.B. signed off to guarantee the initial loan of thirty-three million dollars. The amount owed today has tripled so he put [...]

Shakedi Baizar Gunned Down in Belize City

Twenty-three-year-old Shakedi Baizar of the Eight Miles community was shot and killed today in Belize City.  It is reported that around this two this afternoon Baizar had just exited the [...]

That Notebook with Flight Plans for Illegal Plane Landing in the North

Today, News Five caught up with Acting Commissioner of Police Chester Williams at an event in the city. As head of operations for the Belize Police Department, Williams was asked [...]

Investigation Continues into Fake Facebook Profile that Leaked Notebook Images

The postings on Facebook were made by an account belonging to a ‘Vincent Edwards,’ who is believed to be highly connected and the man on the ground during these illegal [...]

Anti-Drug Operations Underway in Northern Belize

The online posts have caused the Ministry of National Security, specifically the Belize Police Department, to kick into gear. Operations Commander Chester Williams told News Five today that along with [...]

Carlos Lopez and Peter Schmidt to be Rearrested and Charged for Drug Case

We also asked the acting Commissioner of Police about the case against thirty-three-year-old Carlos Lopez and thirty-seven-year-old Peter Schmidt. Earlier this week, the duo walked free of charges for the [...]

Culture Minister Confirms NICH President’s Administrative Leave

Embroiled in controversy, President of the National Institute of Culture and History Sapna Budhrani dominated the news this week. Budhrani was put on the hot seat after leaked audit documents [...]

PM Says Cabinet Wouldn’t Sweep NICH Fiasco Under the Carpet

Prime Minister Barrow also weighed in on the NICH debacle, reiterating that embattled president Sapna Budhrani will be placed on administrative leave as of Monday.  Budhrani will remain president of [...]

PM Heads to Cuba for Spinal Surgery

Prime Minister Barrow is traveling to Cuba this weekend where he will be undergoing medical surgery on his spine on Tuesday.  He will be gone for most of September and [...]

San Pedro & Placencia Experiencing an Extreme Case of Sargassum

In recent years, as early as 2011, the issue of Sargassum has been on the front-burner across the Caribbean. Here, in Belize, it was first recorded in late 2014. This [...]

American Woman Remains Missing; Family Fears the Worst

Fear is settling in as it is almost a week since sixty-seven-year-old Sherris Stringham has been seen in Hopkins Village.  She last messaged her friends on Saturday, promising to meet [...]

79 Seamen Apprentices Join the Belize Coastguard

The Belize Coastguard is recording its largest number growing from strength to strength in its thirteenth year history. Today, just under eighty new members joined its ranks which have swollen [...]

Carnival King & Queen Take Centre Stage at Marion Jones on Saturday

On Saturday night, the Marion Jones Stadium will come alive with pre-carnival sights and sounds. At seven in the night the annual King and Queen of 2018 carnival will compete [...]